I made my way to the Women's March on Washington last Saturday filled with a mix of excitement and trepidation. I had gone back and forth about whether I should go, torn between a deep-seated conviction that there are matters of basic human rights, dignity and justice that need to be defended, and an internal disquietude about a broad protest platform that included certain positions I didn't agree with.
Catholic sisters who joined some 3 million people in Women's Marches Jan. 21 are heartened by the turnout, the international scope of the demonstrations, their peaceful nature, and the energy they engendered. But the question of "What's next?" is a serious one.
Catholic women made sure their voices were heard among the millions who gathered at marches and rallies in cities and towns across the United States and around the world on January 21 to stand up for women's rights and send a signal to President Donald Trump about a wide range of issues.
GSR Today - We have been following the Women's March on Washington and the other similar marches around the world today. We have reporters on the ground in Chicago, New York, Boston, El Paso and more (even Tel Aviv). Check in. Send us news on our Facebook site.
My fears about hijra have gone. Instead, something inside me tells me to do something more for them so that they can claim their rightful place in society. The Lord gathers the outcasts, and so must we.
About 125 groups in 25 states and several foreign countries participated Jan. 15 in an international event centered on gathering together, holding hands and meditating on love and peace.
Before the School Sisters of St. Francis welcomed her, order after order had rejected Sandra Smithson because of the color of her skin. Her father had told her that following her vocation would not be easy. "But don't think that means you don't belong," he said. "Jesus Christ came unto his own, and even his own did not receive him. So don't expect people who think you don't belong to embrace you with open arms."
GSR Today - Sometimes I am asked if I think there is hope for Haiti. I have heard this question more and more as we approach the end of 2016, a year that has not been kind to Haiti. While I am no expert, I can say that on day one of my most recent assignment for Global Sisters Report, I felt hopeful.
When Rose Kayathinkara, a Medical Mission nun, first came to Chiramdare, Jengsang's village, 32 years ago, he and more than 500 families lived in one-room bamboo huts. "We used to struggle even for one meal a day," he said. That was before Kayathinkara, who is popularly known as Sister Rose, introduced rubber cultivation to them. Today, concrete bungalows dot the village that sits on the slope of a mountain in the East Garo Hills of Meghalaya in northeastern India, and people are able to be free from moneylenders.
We live in Mzimba, a small town in a large rural area of Malawi where our neighbors struggle every day with poverty and lack of food due to poor soil and a long and dry, hot season. Last year, our small community of sisters wondered what we could do to help ourselves and our neighbors accomplish zero hunger, one of the United Nations sustainable development goals. Challenged to consider what actions here could help end hunger and poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all, we looked to our community garden and thought about shade.