" . . . . With sweet and scarless sky stir in my ears, speak there of God’s love, O live air, of patience, penance, prayer: World-mothering air, air wild, wound with thee, in thee isled, fold home, fast fold thy child."

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Q & A with Sr. Judith Moore, bringing together sisters in the South Pacific

Remember the romantic musical "South Pacific"? The idyllic life where people lived peacefully together in unlimited sunshine surrounded by white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and turquoise waters was so mesmerizing. Unfortunately, our fantasies keep us from seeing some of the harsh realities beyond the beaches. Sr. Judith Moore was the provincial of the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary and also the secretary for the Conference of Religious Women and Men.

Sisters' wellspring in Vietnam: Giving people low-cost or free water opens the way to more services

Dominican sisters are making use of purification equipment to provide clean water to people who struggle in Vietnam, a place where wells are often polluted or dry. The sisters' water costs less and tastes better than water people can buy elsewhere, and distributing it allows the sisters a chance to meet people and see what else they may need, such as other basic necessities or day care for their children.

Outreach in Guatemala City's red-light district: 'We care for you as you are'

Sr. Magdalena Pascual is one of six Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer who does outreach work on La Línea, "The Line," Guatemala City's well-known, notorious red-light district. Seven days a week, nearly 24 hours a day, as many as 250 women or more ranging in age from their early 20s to mid-60s work as prostitutes on a barren, two-block stretch of grim row houses where a weed-covered train track divides the bleak street in half.