Sr. Kathleen Schipani launched an app that teaches the American Sign Language for words commonly used in Christian life. She spoke with Global Sisters Report about why the app was necessary.
Notes from the Field - The Día de los Muertos celebrations I experienced at Beatitude House touched me deeply, especially given the recent passing of a wonderful person I met at the Dorothy Day House in Youngstown.
Horizons - On a recent trip for a friend's first vow ceremony, we sat around the night before in a mixed group of sisters and friends talking about the vows. I teased now-vowed Presentation Sr. Mary Therese "MT" Krueger with the question, "What's your favorite vow?" and it soon became obvious that some around the table were unclear what these mysterious vows were all about.
In light of the events of the recent September days and the first week of October, we have been presented with many occasions to reflect, pray and act on how we treat each other, respond to those in need and use our beautiful world in a responsible way.
GSR Today: Is there nothing we cannot turn into "proof" that we are right and someone else is wrong? Everything is either black or white, good or bad, and there is no in-between, no situation in which our judgment should change.
The transformative process of bread-making is a story of death (the killing of wheat at harvest), rebirth (the yeast within the dough), death again (in the oven) and new life (when bread nourishes the human body). How is the death-to-life process part of our community life?
See for Yourself - "Everybody wanted to play the accordion back in the 1950s. Although I really wanted to play the piano, we couldn't afford one at home, so the accordion was the next best thing."
Maybe the aching melody awoke something within me, some bone-deep gratitude and inexplicable love for ancestors I've never known. Certainly, I felt surrounded by them, my grandmothers and grandfathers in both genealogy and faith.
In this stage of the evolution of consecrated life, we women religious have found encouragement and challenge in a variety of metaphors and images that help us make meaning of the experience.
The Life - Silence. Community. Nature. Prayer. Scripture. Music. Journaling. This month, the panelists share their own coping mechanisms for the stresses of their life and ministry. As religious deal with trauma globally, they have found ways to stay focused on their missions.
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