"Our sisters are finding new ways of practicing ministry: for example, the ministry of presence — present to God in all things and, where possible, being available, welcoming and friendly toward people whom we encounter daily. It means focused listening, sharing one's gifts and being bearers of God's good news."
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"We can no longer hide in our spiritual Jacuzzis, our comfortable contemplative spas."
"I have heard great things about the sisters' community in Nazareth ... I was excited about this new mission, which is completely different than the one I had before."
"Our own grief is a gateway to grace, not only for ourselves, but for our world. The grace that will come from embracing this paschal narrative of communion will be costly, but it will not diminish us. It will take our best energy and will not consume us. It will open us to the vitality that lies deep at the heart of communion with God, with another and with the wider world."
"Sometimes we are tempted to find excuses and complain, acting as if we could only be happy if a thousand conditions were met. To some extent this is because our 'technological society has succeeded in multiplying occasions of pleasure, yet has found it very difficult to engender joy.' I can say that the most beautiful and natural expressions of joy which I have seen in my life were in poor people who had little to hold on to. I also think of the real joy shown by others who, even amid pressing professional obligations, were able to preserve, in detachment and simplicity, a heart full of faith."
"We thank you and praise you for a people of many colors and cultures and gifts who enriched one another's understanding of life rather than set out to set one against the other."
"We encounter the God of mystery only if we encounter others who are different from us."
"Fall glories in color as the leaf hands of sassafras reach to the sky. What are our glories to remember?"
"Do love. Love. Love. It's so strong, it's so powerful. That connection, that spark of the divine is in all of us."
"Hope is willing to leave unanswered questions unanswered and unknown futures unknown. Hope makes you see God's guiding hand."