GSR Today - "Wagga Wagga." These words captured my imagination as they rolled off my tongue. I had heard the name many times and was curious what they meant. Luckily, for me, when I was in Sydney in May for a conference of Presentation Sisters' schools, I had my chance to visit this mysterious-sounding place.
In Conversation - Theologian Christopher Pramuk and Catholic Srs. Tracey Horan and Larretta Rivera-Williams talk about race relations and the Catholic response.
GSR Today - Cholera is ancient history in most modern countries; but in areas where water is contaminated by sewage, it spreads like wildfire. When cholera does strike, it's usually easy to treat. But not in a failed state such as Yemen.
See for Yourself - I email a few folks and get the "out of office until ..." messages. Great -- he or she is taking time away. But wait -- why am I receiving an email directly from Miss Vacation?
Notes from the Field - My heart was called to the Nong Khai community in a way that I still can't explain. It was as if a part of me had to be claimed here for me to be whole.
Updated - President Donald Trump may believe the statements he made in the wake of racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, were "very nice," but many communities of women religious had their own words to say.
I attended a roller derby. I was expecting a brawl-type atmosphere, which was erroneous. Today's roller derby skaters do block and push and pull to accomplish each "jam," but it's done with integrity, good sportsmanship, and skill.
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."