Preaching truth is needed now as much as it was in the time of the ancient biblical prophets who had to deal with many of the same political, social, economic and religious challenges that people face today in a 21st-century world.
I've been struggling with the concept of truth for some time now. And in today's political climate, I'm not the only one.
See for Yourself - I happened to stop in a Catholic religious goods store at the very time a going-out-of-business sale was underway. A statue caught my eye, with imagery that awed me.
Since founding the Dominican Wellspring Retreat Center in Trinidad and Tobago in 2012, Sinsinawa Dominican Sr. Gail Jagroop has become more of a "yes" person. Five years ago, after she entered the novitiate, Jagroop dedicated herself to retreat work in the town of St. Joseph, Trinidad.
Of course, we don't really like the word lie or, worse, liar. So we create new words like "alternative facts" so that we don't have to face the truth ... of the lie.
This Easter season, I find it nearly impossible to continue proclaiming new and risen life, when it seems that so much around me is being taken away.
"Hope truly is like a sail. It gathers the wind of the Spirit and transforms it into a driving force that pushes the boat out to sea or to the shore, depending on circumstances."
From A Nun's Life podcasts - How does the world around you affect how you understand God? In this Random Nun Clip, Holy Cross Sr. Verónica Fajardo talks about experiencing God in other cultures.
"Prayer, if we pay attention, if we deepen, breaks out of linguistic bonds. Takes flight. Bores deep. It's free-form verse. As near as our next breath ... the quotidian that transcends to mystical."
Notes from the Field - While we may not hold the title of "Sister," we Good Shepherd Volunteers have been blessed by the sisters' willingness to share their spirituality — a spirituality I have learned can be relevant to anyone, not just those in religious life.