I am uncomfortable when conversations seem to seek replacements for vowed religious life. The truth is, God is still calling people to make lifelong, vowed religious commitments, and people are still saying yes.
See for Yourself - The pennies and nickels drifted by gravity to the bottom of Mom's purse cavern. "Oh, it's OK. The next customer is in a hurry and doesn't want to wait for me to organize my money."
Sr. Meena Barwa of the Handmaids of Mary was the victim of rape 10 years ago during anti-Christian violence in Kandhamal. At a New Delhi conference on migration, she told her story, which she consented to share with GSR.
At times like this, we can only weep. Surely, there are others who will weep with us, and we will gather strength from our solidarity so that we can continue to stand, to work, to pray for peace, goodness and justice.
The ideology and observance of yoga are not just for Hindus. For centuries, yoga has been a part of ancient India's most lasting legacy of a welcoming homecoming for all living beings as citizens of the planet.
About 2,000 people from around the world gathered in Strasbourg to honor Blessed Alphonse Marie Eppinger, a 19th-century sister who went out to serve on the peripheries.
Sr. Prasanna Devi shares Christian blessings with the thousands who have been drawn to her over the years. The Catholic hermit, who has lived among lions, panthers and other wild animals deep inside a forest in western India for 40 years, returned to human society four years ago, at the request of the local bishop. Devi does not belong to a particular religious order but chose the contemplative path of an ascetic, devoting her life to God. She is believed to be the only female member of the Syro-Malabar Church to choose such a life.
Recently I met a friend at a restaurant for lunch. I was astonished at all she carried around in her purse.
Horizons - The heartache of the church's scandals and infighting is dizzying, confusing, painful. I wasn't sure how to be a Franciscan Sister anymore, how to be a public face of the church.
I felt marginalized after a recent meeting with a much younger sister. Fear crept into my thinking, suggesting that I no longer had anything valid to offer. Talking with Jesus about what had happened, I heard in my heart these words: "You need to get ready now."
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