GSR Today - Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, is not a fictional place, though before I traveled there, my community did not believe it was real.
"Women in their struggles know what it means not to be included. Out of that awareness, we must include everyone for a flourishing of life." Global Sisters Report speaks to a number of Catholic sisters with experience at the United Nations about the values women would bring to the formation of foreign policy.
On May 11, 2018, more than 200 people from around the country gathered at St. Bridget for a prayer service and rally. No longer alone, we have learned anew the value of community in fighting the attacks on our immigrant sisters and brothers. However, we admit to still being confused and afraid of what might happen next in this anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, "throw them all out" climate of 2018. Send us your Spirit, O God!
GSR Today - "Water is life!" It was exciting to experience the truth of these words in the families dancing for joy at having water for the first time in the forests of Cameroon.
See for Yourself - It was an eye-opening lunch conversation. The manager of environmental services at a manufacturing plant was looking somewhat frazzled. "Sister Nancy, this ain't no picnic job. It's hard! I'm looking around for something else. I can't do this no more."
Notes from the Field - The visitors from Mexico did more than just change the way I view Mexico, they awoke in me this spiritual longing for a culture I have never known but has been inside me all along.
A recent celebration brought together Nigerian youth to interact and share ideas. One young woman, who spoke about the mistreatment of women, opened my eyes and had a big impact on her fellow students.
I came to the Guaraní area 20 years ago to accompanying this struggling people under the control of the patróns, the landlords who had taken over the land during Bolivia's many dictatorships. Today, their organizing has come to a beautiful fruition.
I can think of thousands of women who have changed my perceptions, my thinking, my understanding of spirituality. When I think of the women who live in the slums, I realize they too have come a long way on this journey called change.
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.