I have long known that love is a package deal, complete with overflowing tenderness as well as overwhelming vulnerability to pain. What caught me up short was the sheer capacity of a single heart to hold equal portions of joy and pain simultaneously.
Christmas was a little different this year. Ever since I was a little girl, Christmas has been one of my least favorite holidays. Of course, in my family we celebrated with family and friends, and we always received gifts on the feast of St. Nicholas all the way through little Christmas. But for me, it was only stuff.
See for Yourself - "God is in this business. My kids think I'm crazy, but I believe that God is very present and actively directs my work," said Ralph, a friend for years with whom I was chatting recently.
Starting in 1945, Albania was ruled by the harsh and repressive communist regime led by Enver Hoxha. The government persecuted and killed hundreds of clerics and laypeople.
Our consecration is within and around us. We do not have to search for the consecrated life as something "up there," but rather the "beyond" that lies within.
Sr. Madonna Buder, an 87-year-old nicknamed "The Iron Nun," began completing Ironman triathlons — swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 miles, and running a marathon (26.2 miles) — when she was 47. Since then, she's completed at least 45.written a book, was featured in a 2016 Nike commercial, and traveled the world for speaking engagements. She is a member of the Sisters for Christian Community who lives in Spokane, Washington, and talked to Global Sisters Report about running as an opportunity for mindfulness and prayer.
The power of music to evoke deep courage is a human experience. Perhaps our ancestors learned this from the cry of wolves or coyotes and soon echoed their response. We know that music can bring us to be our best selves, providing a basis for active citizenship.
See for Yourself - "I just hate to exercise. I've always hated to exercise. The thought of exercising makes me sick." So said a dinner party guest who came along as the friend of a family member. It was a snug group of family members around an efficient dining room table but we all welcomed Tim to join us.
This week marks my 30th birthday. Like many new members of religious communities, I have mostly lived with sisters many years my senior. I find myself with an awareness of aging, death and human vulnerability that is uncommon among my age peers. In a culture that often ignores these realities, my experiences in intergenerational living yield a complicated mix of gift and grief.
Many people make New Year's resolutions, so perhaps we could start the new year by contemplating a mandala in which "no one and no thing is excommunicated" — which could become the basis for a new orientation toward 2018.