This Sister of St. Joseph of the Apparition began her ministry as a simple gesture to bring soup to the dying. Her work has grown to partnerships with the U.N. and international HIV/AIDS organizations to bring life-saving treatments to people who have the disease.
See for Yourself - I've seen 3 a.m. more nights than I care to admit. It reminds me of Psalm 57: "I will wake the dawn." Just think: This means being awake ahead of the sun, just sitting around waiting for the sun to come up.
See for Yourself - There's that passage from John 15: 2 that explains a lot about the human condition and the reality of suffering around us: "He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit."
GSR Today - A 20-something raging extrovert walks into a Benedictine monastery. Sounds like the start of a bad joke, doesn't it? It actually happened. I walked through the doors of Mount Saint Benedict Monastery in Erie and began a 10-week internship with Sr. Joan Chittister.
GSR Today - A recent high-level forum at the United Nations was a chance to assess how the world is doing in reaching 17 sustainable development goals, which aim to end poverty and hunger, promote action on climate change, and end gender inequality.
See for Yourself - My friend John has that unchanging air about him, as we see each other but don’t realize that it's been an entire year since we last connected. This year, however, John is moving a little slower.
Notes from the Field - I spent my last week in silence at the Seven Fountains Jesuit Retreat Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I'm not intimidated by silence, but eliminating language, technology, and many of the comforts I rely on in Nong Khai made this week uniquely challenging.
GSR Today - The brief documentary film "Sister Jaguar's Journey" conveys the moving story of Sister Judy, a tale of childhood trauma, healing from memories and an encounter with an actual jaguar in the Amazon.
GSR Today - Millions were relieved that efforts in the U.S. Senate to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act had failed. But, as Social Service Sr. Simone Campbell pointed out to opponents of the repeal effort, it is not over yet.
See for Yourself - The beautiful longhand with its display-card-quality perfect shaping of the letters belied her years of teaching the primary grades. I, for one, remember vividly the penmanship classes in grade school several times a week.
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