Fiction and poetry hold a mirror up to ourselves, show us who we are and who we might be. We are characters in a book called Life. We face moral dilemmas, grow in grace, and recognize choices writ large in stories.
In the 25 years that Sister of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate Juanita Ujcik worked in jail ministry, she says she learned a lot about what she believes is complicated system. That's why, in October, she published Let None Walk Alone, a guidebook for the family and friends of incarcerated people.
Along Midwestern highways and interstates, with their hundreds of truck stops and rest stops, hubs for sex trafficking thrive. Sisters throughout the region are educating people to recognize the signs of victimization and are helping survivors recover.
Sr. Joan Marie Brandner, a Sister of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Aberdeen, S.D., has traveled to many places in the world to teach and share the Personality and Human Relationships program, which promotes the well-being and growth of individuals and communities.
In a place where frustrations are many, "you really have to change your expectations," says Charity Sr. Dianne Moore. "We are not going to change Haiti or 'fix' Haiti. You just do your best and help Haitians access their own internal resources."
Appreciation - A member of the Congregation of the Humility of Mary and founder of the Center for Media Literacy, Liz let us see the media world critically and creatively. The inspiration I drew from my providential encounters with her at meetings for Catholic communicators led to institutionalizing media literacy as one of the key works of the Daughters of St. Paul.
As many organizations focus on empowering and educating girls, the Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi argue that boys are getting left behind. They're dedicating their center to rescuing boys from the streets. (This story includes a video.)
Thousands of young women in India have been helped by the National Domestic Workers Movement , a nongovernmental organization started in 1985 by Sr. Jeanne Devos, a Missionary Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Devos is from Belgium and has worked in India for the past 51 years.
It is mid-morning on a warm Friday in the Philippines capital of Manila, and dozens of patients are already in the waiting room. A nurse uses a microphone to remind them that there is a queue and everyone will get their chance to consult with the doctor. The Canossa Health and Social Center serves as an oasis of calm and order in the slums of Tondo, one of the most economically poor sections of the city of 1.7 million people.
Adrian Dominican Sr. Nancyann Turner is the children's program manager at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit, where her clients barely have enough to survive on, let alone buy expensive Christmas gifts — or in some cases, any gifts at all.
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