Catholic Mobilizing Network Executive Director Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy spoke to about 40 sisters and guests at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious' annual Assembly Aug. 15, in a session on why actively fighting capital punishment is so important.
"We are outraged and heartbroken when our political leaders appeal to our basest instincts and stoke the fires of fear that threaten to tear the fabric of our nation apart," the sisters said. "We cannot, we will not, let the voices of hatred and fear carry the day.
Aberdeen, South Dakota, never boasted a taste for diversity of culture or color. But if the city was to grow, it was time for the town to move into the 21st century, and education in diversity would be needed to help this transition.
Enough! I don't want to hear offers of thoughts and prayers. I don't want to see video of people hiding or running for their lives, hands in the air, after unspeakable horror. I don't want to see first responders in full gear with weapons drawn. I want rage! I don't want to hear goodbye phone calls or see goodbye texts. I want RAGE!
Contemplate This - As the tiniest of seeds holds within itself the power to germinate — becoming a plant providing energy, beauty and food — so, too, do all the acts for social justice, peace, human rights and ecological justice.
Horizons - Christian resistance follows in the footsteps of Jesus. As we say in my own community's Constitutions: "Christ is our peace, the source of our power. United with him we engage in the struggle against the reality of evil and continue the work of establishing God's reign of justice and peace." Sometimes this takes risk, such as taken by those Catholics who faced arrest to stand against injustice and to resist inhumane policies July 18 in Washington.
At the Women of Wisdom and Action colloquium, I met Sr. Rashmi Kanta Kiro, who belongs to the Daughters of St. Anne, Ranchi, the first congregation in India founded by tribal women. One of the first two female tribal doctoral students in India, Rashmi is carrying on their revolutionary charism.
Leaders of women religious — including St. Joseph Sr. Carol Zinn and Social Service Sr. Simone Campbell — were among the hundreds of Catholics who gathered on Capitol Hill July 18 to express their disgust at the treatment of immigrant children.
"I have never seen such heartless people": Nuns who live and work in Catholic-run medical facilities in Eritrea have been forcefully evicted from their residences, as the government seized and closed down the country's Catholic hospitals and health centers.
I cherish the gift religious life has been to me and so many others, a gift kept alive in this sometimes crazy and broken institution we call "church." But as I reflect on identifying myself as Catholic, the words often catch in my throat.
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