I assumed that I might tweak myself here and there and all would be well. What I didn't realize was that by accepting the call, I was bound to let go of those aspects of my life that didn't resonate with the life of a woman religious.
Seeing Jesus as the compañera (partner) on life's journey, showing us the way to — as Paul says — "live, and move, and have our being" is the real message of the Scriptures. I think the harsher theory of atonement is not a good description of the Divine Source of All Being, who has so generously created us, showing us how living "his" Way will probably lead to death, and hopefully, new life.
Horizons - As I sit in discussions about the future we try to live today, questions arise: Can we try something new without the guarantee of success? How free are we to live the mission and not just leave a legacy?
See for Yourself - A young physician who grew up in the parish was my cantor for the Saturday afternoon Mass. I was the substitute musician and didn't know my way around the music books and where everything was kept.
Contemplate This - These past weeks, a number of things have happened in the United States that signal to me we are entering a critical soul-searching time as a nation. Can this be the moment to pause as a nation and enter the "space" that seems to divide us and converse with each other in new ways? Can we ask what our common humanity is trying to call forth in us? Can we reclaim the best of who we are as Americans and who we want to be in the future?
St. Francis of Assisi had a vision of universal kinship. What he and the sultan really did was share their faith with each other. How does that challenge me as a Franciscan today?
GSR Today - Welcome to the second year of our monthly series called The Life. A panel of 25 sisters will share their reflections on the unique, challenging lives of Catholic women religious. Meet our new panelists for the 2018-19 edition of The Life.
The Life - "True formation happens when I am fully present to my daily reality. Then the word of God pierces my heart in the most unexpected ways, through the hands of his people." In the debut installment of the second year of GSR's feature The Life, our new panelists share what they've learned from work and life as a sister.
See for Yourself - A friend was telling me about her role in the service organization to which she belongs. The club has an active presence in the community and provides support for a variety of activities, including student scholarships.
Sr. Kathleen Warren of the Sisters of St. Francis of Rochester, Minnesota, spoke to Global Sisters Report about the Catholic roots of interreligious dialogue, different kinds of dialogue, and why that dialogue is so important in the face of rising Islamophobia.
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