Road work ahead

Nuns on the Bus Blog - Heading east on U.S. Highway 20 near Sac City, Iowa: As we travel along, seeing the corn and soy bean fields, farms, small towns, and larger ones rolling by, bumping along with the tires humming, I suppose it’s natural that road images start coming to mind. Journeys take us to unexpected places. At times it’s smooth sailing. We hit rough spots. Sometimes the road narrows or takes a detour. We may even get lost. Surprises can turn into unexpected joy.

Sisters making mainstream headlines

GSR Today - Some stories about women religious make the evening news, as one did this week. Some, like the Nuns on the Bus kick-off Wednesday, end up being covered by dozens of news organizations. Some never earn such high profile. But thanks to a new book written by a college professor in Oklahoma, we now know more about the life of the saintly founder of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.

"Gospel mission, prayerful community, and formal recognition – these are the marks, I believe, that will characterize religious life in the next millennium. The traditional vows will be replaced by a simple commitment to follow the Gospel."

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Petitioners ask Francis to drop call for U.S. sisters’ reform

A coalition of progressive Catholic organizations has delivered nearly 18,000 petitions to Pope Francis, asking him to remove the orders for the largest leadership group of American women religious to reform. Nun Justice Project, a coalition of 15 progressive Catholic organizations in the United States, hand delivered more than 17,500 petitions to the pontiff via the Swiss Guard. Also in the package were Spanish translations of Sr. Elizabeth Johnson’s books, Consider Jesus and Quest for the Living God.

Literacy is growing worldwide

Three stats and a map - In 1990, only 76 percent of the world’s adults could read and write. But with concerted efforts, global literacy has been on the upward swing. In 2013, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics published its literacy projections for 2015 based on data from 151 countries in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Sisters to march in support of climate change solutions

During a crush of events in New York September 19-28, religious congregations will join a throaty and growing chorus of voices raised in support of an anticipated 2015 global agreement on climate change mitigation. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited governments and private-sector representatives to the ambitious United Nations Climate Summit on Sept. 23 for an early opportunity to commit to substantial, replicable, concrete actions to reduce carbon emissions. A People's Climate March is planned for Sept. 21 and is expected to draw 200,000 to 700,000 participants to Manhattan's west side.

In northeast Uganda, ‘It’s a struggle, but we fight the good fight’

An afternoon spent listening to Sr. Bibiana Anena and other members of the Little Sisters of Mary Immaculate of Gulu is bound to circle around the word “isolated” and the attendant idea of service to others. “In a remote area like this, you can really help the doctors – because there aren’t enough of them to run all the cases,” said Anena, 64, a veteran nurse who lives with her fellow sisters in a residence within an earshot of the Kotido diocese’s office. Kotido is the commercial hub of Kotido district, part of the wider Karamoja region.

A bad idea

See for Yourself - Some jokes get into your head and stay there. Of course, we all know persons who say, “I’m terrible at telling jokes. I can’t remember the punch line. When I do tell a joke, it’s not funny.” I’ve never been that person. Some jokes just stay with me and emerge at the worst times. Take yesterday, for example.