140 years of perpetual adoration are unbroken by fire, flood or war

The community that became the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration always wanted to practice perpetual adoration, but bishops were doubtful of their stamina. Today, the community in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is looking forward to marking a special anniversary on Aug. 1, as they continue to receive about 30,000 prayer requests per year. "It's like being a witness to someone's most vulnerable moments with God," said Sr. Sarah Hennessey, the congregation's adoration coordinator.

Young women ask difficult questions to challenge church at recent Joan Chittister institute

GSR Today - Eight female-identifying Catholics in their 20s and 30s, all of them students or recent graduates of programs in theology or divinity, gathered June 17-30 at Mount St. Benedict Monastery for the inaugural Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality: A Feminist Benedictine Option, a two-week intensive course as part of an ongoing effort to support young female Catholic theologians, who are often shut out of the church. It was inspiring.

Celebrating animal wisdom

Seeing Jesus as the compañera (partner) on life's journey, showing us the way to — as Paul says — "live, and move, and have our being" is the real message of the Scriptures. I think the harsher theory of atonement is not a good description of the Divine Source of All Being, who has so generously created us, showing us how living "his" Way will probably lead to death, and hopefully, new life.