GSR Today - Women, particularly Catholic women religious, bring special passion and zeal to the work of the United Nations. This will be apparent during this week's 61st meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women, which runs through March 24 in New York.
See for Yourself - Something my brother said to his youngest daughter got me thinking: "Don't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back."
GSR Today - I think a lot about fungi. Not just because I happen to think these not-plant and not-animal organisms are cool, but because they have so many things in common with religious life. Let me tell you about two of my favorite fungal friends.
Notes from the Field - Feeling uprooted by uncertainty, I discerned a new step. I knew that I felt called to a few things: I wanted to learn Spanish in a Spanish-speaking country. I wanted to return to living in an intentional community. And I wanted to explore a new type of social justice work. I hoped to learn more about my life's purpose while still positively contributing to others and the world.
GSR Today: When I met Aayda Merhej a year ago, she struggled with the day-to-day agonies that exacted a toll on many Syrian refugees in Lebanon. "We're just trying to survive right now," she told me.
See for Yourself - The familiar phrase, "Seventy is the sum of our years or 80 if we are strong" from Psalm 90 echoes in my head as a look at the life-size standing cardboard Pope Francis in a corner in my office.
GSR Today - Wouldn't it be great to take out all our old cracked and chipped "stuff" — like old hurts, unresolved differences, a thoughtless word not forgotten — to the trash heap and start over?
GSR Today - Sisters and co-members of Loretto issued a statement on welcoming the stranger, urging officials to "reject immigration laws and policies at odds with the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger into the United States of America. Meanwhile, U.S. immigration policy is affecting aid workers negatively.
See for Yourself - "For vacation time in the summer I'm going to have some body sculpting done," a confident dining companion tells me over lunch.
GSR Today - One thing that is certain about the presidency of Donald Trump: It has caused millions of people to find a new voice in protest. And among them are women religious. Let's be clear: Sisters have always had a voice — and a powerful one — and they've never been afraid to use it.