I have a confession to make. I believe in the positive power of government to promote the common good. Yes, that's right, 100 days into the new administration, amid an ongoing toxic political debate with drastic budget cuts on the horizon that will negatively impact people on the margins who are already struggling, I still believe in we the people.
In Horizons, younger sisters reflect on their lives, ministries, spirituality and the future of religious life.
"All I want is for Easter to come," a friend said to me last week. Bring on the Resurrection. Come on, new life. Yet as the Easter octave rolls on, I wonder to myself where that life is leading.
Good Friday — the day we commemorate the execution of Jesus. This year our commemoration reminds me of a quote from Meister Eckert about Christmas. In essence, Eckert asked what good it is for us that Jesus was born 2,000 years ago if he is not also born in us each day — for the Son of God always needs to be born.
I venture to say Wilson, a migrant from Guatemala, knows the Passion story in his bones. While the rhetoric in our country would condemn him as a criminal, I see that he is Jesus.
Horizons - For over a thousand years, millions of pilgrims have walked across Spain to the Catedral de Santiago (Cathedral of St. James). During Holy Week, I will become one of those pilgrims.
One cold day in January, I woke up and realized I was in a new relationship. As it happens, so are you.
No matter who we voted for in the November presidential election or what our personal opinions are about the health and integrity of our electoral process, we have a new man in our lives: Donald J. Trump, the person sworn in as president of these United States on Jan. 20, 2017. Because of the outsized impact U.S. economic and military policy have on the rest of the planet, the entire human community is in this relationship.
Twice last weekend, I found myself somewhere I haven't been in a long time: the back pew of church.
I suppose being tossed from one side of the emotional spectrum to the other shouldn't really come as a "spiritual surprise," since it seems to have happened even to the disciples as they journeyed with Jesus.
I'm what you might call a cradle Catholic. I grew up in the "Catholic ghetto" on the south side of Indianapolis. Everyone I knew, aside from a few Asians and adopted kids at my school, was white and Catholic. My senior year of high school, I experienced a significant holy disruption to the bubble of white privilege in which I lived — a holy disruption that continues to shape my journey today.
Lent is about to start, and I'm thinking about what I'll be getting this year. Yes, I know I sound more like a child on Christmas Eve than an adult preparing for a season of repentance and conversion. And while conventional wisdom tells me I should be choosing what I'll give up, I'm not. This Lent, here is what I'm getting and how I hope it'll help me encounter God.
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