Maybe the world would be a nicer, kinder and less violent place if we looked at each other with a certain blindness. What if I could encounter you — someone with ideas, hopes, dreams and enthusiasm for life — and totally appreciate you without getting caught up in your appearance or shape or size or skin color?
Celebration's Scripture for Life column - The desert is where our soul finds room to expand, where we can remember what we really thirst for. This is the desert we can choose when we want its blessing.
Horizons - I first became aware of the Monks of Tibhirine, as they are commonly known, in the mid-2000s from a friend who was familiar with their story. Most striking to me was their commitment to building bridges between Christianity and Islam and their commitment to understanding the faith, traditions and lives of their neighbors.
Celebration's Scripture for Life column - During the Advent and Christmas season, Global Sisters Report is sharing Celebration's weekly "Scripture for Life" columns, commentary on the Sunday readings by sisters and others.
Crying is something that only humans can do. When we see a beautiful work of art, attend a sacred service or a lovely concert, we may cry tears of beauty. These emotional tears seem to be tapping into our deeper, spiritual selves.
It was Jan. 20, 2017, and Sr. Susan Rose Francois, a member of the Congregation Leadership Team for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, believed she needed to respond in some way to the presidency of Donald Trump. Almost two years later, Trump is still president and Francois is still tweeting her prayers, which usually focus on leadership, healing divisions and choosing goodness over evil. She tweets a prayer every day except when she is on retreat and during Holy Week.
The Life - Has the church left young people? Do youth have enough adult leadership? Are we listening to their wisdom? Is the church truly home? Do they feel responsible and valued? Accompaniment … listening … building prayer and community …"walking the talk" … making them feel valued … changing our own hearts — these are some of the ideas sisters shared when asked about young people leaving the church.
We are face-to-face with who we are as a nation and the issues that concern us. We are seeing at least two different pictures. And each picture has its own set of reactions, responses and solutions.
Most of us carry a longing for belonging. We long to be part of, to create, and to extend something we recognize that far too many in our world lack — authentic community.
The first black member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration was also the first black woman to address the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Thea Bowman is an inspiration to thousands of people with her words and songs. Now, the bishops' conference has endorsed her sainthood cause, which is being undertaken by her home Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi.
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