The words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. haunt me. Are we too comfortable in the center of society as to step out to the margins? Are we too focused on the divisions among us that we do not have the courage to be the Christians we are called to be?
Notes from the Field: After spending five and a half months teaching English to young adults at a technical/vocational school in Dilla, Ethiopia, it was time to make the trip north to Geneva to begin the second part of my volunteer mission.
Notes from the Field: My year with Franciscan Mission Service gave me gifts of simplicity. Adding simple prayers to my day strengthened my connection to God, and backing off social media was incredibly freeing.
When I first joined the Xavier Community, I could not sit still. A recent college graduate, new to Kansas City and to my job at a local non-profit, I was eager to get involved in as many things as I could. Instead, I moved in with three Sisters of Charity and a few other young women and encountered stillness for the first time.
Living singly instead of in community in Chicago, I've done my best to adjust and try to focus on the benefits rather than dwell on the deficits. Top among them is my view of Lake Michigan and my mornings spent contemplating it.
While in Hiroshima a few months ago, I interviewed five Catholic sisters: three who witnessed the United States' dropping the atomic bomb; one who arrived in the devastated city two days later; and one who came to Hiroshima as a small child six months after the attack. They shared their memories of that day and how it shaped their lives and vocation.
Notes from the Field - Now that my year of service is over and I'm home with my family for Christmas, I've had a lot of time to think about my time as the staff writer for Franciscan Mission Service.
Catholic faith tradition teaches that God continues to reveal the God-self as mercy in the face of Jesus Christ and this same Jesus Christ is made manifest in the lives of Christians. Thus, conforming and configuring to the image of Christ has been the call as well as the challenge before Christians, especially during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.
One recent Saturday afternoon I made a quick trip to a drugstore, squeezing it in between a couple projects I had planned for the afternoon. It was a November day, and the cold misty rain had a welcome freshness about it.
On the fourth Sunday of Advent, Benedictine Fr. Christopher Kirchnessnerr reminded us at Mass that it is "our responsibility to bring the excitement of our loving God into this hurting world!" This message was timely, especially since my mind had been pondering the devastations of the world.
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