Contemplate This - These past weeks, a number of things have happened in the United States that signal to me we are entering a critical soul-searching time as a nation. Can this be the moment to pause as a nation and enter the "space" that seems to divide us and converse with each other in new ways? Can we ask what our common humanity is trying to call forth in us? Can we reclaim the best of who we are as Americans and who we want to be in the future?
St. Francis of Assisi had a vision of universal kinship. What he and the sultan really did was share their faith with each other. How does that challenge me as a Franciscan today?
GSR Today - Welcome to the second year of our monthly series called The Life. A panel of 25 sisters will share their reflections on the unique, challenging lives of Catholic women religious. Meet our new panelists for the 2018-19 edition of The Life.
The Life - "True formation happens when I am fully present to my daily reality. Then the word of God pierces my heart in the most unexpected ways, through the hands of his people." In the debut installment of the second year of GSR's feature The Life, our new panelists share what they've learned from work and life as a sister.
See for Yourself - A friend was telling me about her role in the service organization to which she belongs. The club has an active presence in the community and provides support for a variety of activities, including student scholarships.
Sr. Kathleen Warren of the Sisters of St. Francis of Rochester, Minnesota, spoke to Global Sisters Report about the Catholic roots of interreligious dialogue, different kinds of dialogue, and why that dialogue is so important in the face of rising Islamophobia.
See for Yourself - How many fairy-tale princesses faced ugly situations that just needed a touch of love to be transformed? In "The Frog Prince" and "Beauty and the Beast," the princesses have to take risks before they get to their prizes.
An important lesson in my life is one that I'm still learning. It involves welcoming and trusting God as a loving father, rather than as a severe judge or "divine tester." Once, when I was quite young and probably came home with some catechism lesson about heaven and hell, my dad said with great conviction, that as a father he could never consign any of his children to unending torment — that is, to hell. His conviction was an awakening for me.
Sometimes I falsely think I know the Mississippi River. But I haven't experienced the whole of the river; I likely never will. And I'll never know all of God. The vastness of God shrinks me. Yet, within God's mystery is a peace.
I sometimes check an app where people are encouraged to leave their secrets, things they wouldn't tell others. After many months of listening to people's stories in this hidden way, I can say that the driving force that is at the root of all their stories and my own, is the longing to be loved, known, seen, heard, cared for.
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