Standing in the national parks of Utah, surrounded by the work of billions of years, I was humbled by how short my life span is in comparison. I found evolution's artistry provided a perspective for me. What seems catastrophic during one epoch transforms into something beautiful entering the next phase of evolution.
The upcoming assembly of Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, themed "A Revolution of Goodness," foregoes a keynote speaker and strategic planning; instead it will include invited members of the general public. Sisters and affiliates sought out goodness in the world, and they will be reporting on what they found.
After watching the film "Coco," I reflected on what it means to remember a loved one. Is it only the past that is recalled, colored by the perspective of the specific time in which the event took place? Or can memories be worked through and integrated into present life with broader understanding?
What are some of the ways that I experience the Trinity in my life? It is possible to experience the actions of all three natures in a single day.
The Life - Inspiring. Enriching. Expanding. Sustaining. Nourishing. Creating solidarity. A profound sisterhood. A shared community of life around the world. That is how the panelists described their experience of writing for The Life this year. This month — the last month of the 2017-18 panel — we invited all the panelists to reflect on the year.
As a "new nun" at the age of 20, I learned the most important lesson of my life — to say "thank you" to God every night. That lesson has sustained me through many more years of religious life. I learned it from Douglas, a 13-year-old severely challenged boy in a state-run institution.
I realized while on sabbatical that I had lost my true, in-my-core sense of self. When I was asked who I was, I would answer Oh, I'm a singer, or I'm a caregiver, or I'm an abuse victim. I had forgotten entirely that, first and foremost, my identity is I'm a beloved daughter of God.
Though I am not a mother in a physical sense, my mother makes me think that there is an enormous motherhood embedded in the universe. Just as a child is delighted looking at its mother's face, the entire creation gives great delight to anyone looking at it.
Alice McDermott's latest novel describes the life of Annie, an Irish-Catholic widow, and her daughter, Sally, who are taken in by an order of religious sisters in early 20th-century Brooklyn, New York.
As members of a contemplative community people often ask us, "What is contemplative prayer?" They say things like, "I have tried doing centering prayer, but it's not for me." Perhaps it will be helpful if I tell you about the practice I do.