We are among those who contribute the most to climate change, and we are the least affected. Are we willing to choose sacrifice and self-limitation in the ways that we travel, eat, purchase, pray and interact with the world?
In Horizons, younger sisters reflect on their lives, ministries, spirituality and the future of religious life.
My face was hot with fury. Ecuadorian society already oppresses these women. And now, instead of filling them up with the good news of the Gospel, this man had the audacity to reinforce their subordination. This is all too often the story of women in Catholicism: figuring out where we can stand.
"I wondered if I was the only one in the room who felt like I was at worship. ... I wondered if anyone else noticed that we — poets and audience — were the body of Christ in communion with the great Creator."
Community is a gift that continues to amaze (and challenge) me. How is it, I sometimes wonder, that God managed to break through my self-imposed barriers and brought me to this particular group of women seeking God's gift of peace, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace?
You can't rush grace. You can only be willing to receive the gifts of the season whenever they come.
Horizons - In order for us to recognize the roots of conflict, each of us must be aware of our own interior life and how that life interacts with the world around us. This requires honesty and action.
In recent months, I've been hearing the phrase "doing what is ours to do" in various contexts and situations. Religious communities have been asking, "What is ours to do at this time?"
Horizons - Power pulsed through me as I stretched my wrists behind me to the arresting officer because I truly believed in the rightness of our cause.
Complex social problems plague the sunny streets of Sacramento. Amid the mess of systemic injustices is Waking the Village, a nonprofit that supports young adults and their children who are transitioning out of homelessness, with three housing programs, a child care center and two arts programs.
The church's understanding of social sin calls us to see these admittedly individual acts as part of the larger social fabric of the human community. That is where we each have personal responsibility to see, to name, and to act.
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