Spirituality

April 14, 2017

"The Stations reassure me. If Jesus himself fell not once, not twice, but three times under his great and terrible burden, I don't think we should beat ourselves up too much when we crumble at times under ours."

Benedictine sister helps repeal state law on religious garb in schools

When Sr. Madeleine Miller tried to substitute teach two years ago at Norfolk Public Schools, she was told they'd love to have her — but she couldn't wear her habit.

"Really?" the Missionary Benedictine sister replied. "Tell me more."

A 1919 state law backed by the Ku Klux Klan and other anti-Catholic groups barred teachers from "religious garb" in public schools. It had never been challenged.

But it didn't sit right with Miller, whose religious community in Norfolk encouraged her to try to change the law.

Holy Thursday foot washing calls everyone to service

Last year, Pope Francis issued a decree revising the rules for the traditional foot-washing ritual on Holy Thursday, saying the rite should no longer be limited to men and boys but also include women and girls. A rash of headlines was received with mixed reactions by the Catholic community across the globe. While some individual priests in Kenya long ago adapted the ritual of foot washing to women, others adamantly cling to tradition.

A modern-day crucifixion

An image has haunted me since I first read it in an article about the atrocities taking place in South Sudan. It is very disturbing, and I'd rather move past it quickly, acknowledging this happens but not dwelling on it. However, as I read it, the image of Jesus on the cross appeared in my mind's eye.

April 7, 2017

"Jesus comforting the women in response to their concern for him is a fitting meditation for a cluster of my experiences in India that illustrate how church people continue to live this moment in the passion of Jesus — a moment of compassion."

— Marianist Sr. Laura M. Leming, from Jesus comforts the women, published on Global Sisters Report