Why the Murder of Five American Nuns will go unpunished →
[please ignore the BLATANT grammatical error in the first paragraph of this piece. Time get yourself together]
The five women were from small town America but chose to live in the midst of one of West Africa’s most brutal civil wars. Each belonged to the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, a St. Louis-based Catholic order; each had volunteered to live in Liberia, not only as missionaries, but as desperately needed relief workers.
"Families and individuals long to dialogue about their concerns in an open and safe atmosphere where they can share without judgment what is burdening their hearts. A pastoral presence of our church is needed here.
How can we meet the needs of our society today if we are not open to listening to those among us who are hurting, and to those living on the margins? Many are spiritually hungry, including young people and others who are active in their service within the church.
They are also looking for a place where they can be spiritually nourished and supported. How do we provide for them?
When Blessed Pope John XXIII called the Second Vatican Council he said that the church was to become “more pastoral and merciful”. Yet today, some who when they turn to the church in the midst of their pain, are alienated by judgmental attitudes or issues of power and control.
This only pushes them further away. Can we allow ourselves to enter into the pain of our people?"
Sr. Mary Lou Wirtz,president of the International Union of Superiors General and the general superior of the Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, to 260 synod bishops in Rome
#what is the church?
A Prayer for Election Season
#sister joan chittister
#fearless feminist nuns
Give us, O God, leaders whose hearts are large enough
To match the breadth of our own souls,
And give us souls strong enough
To follow leaders of vision and wisdom.
In seeking a leader, let us seek
More than development for ourselves –
Though development we hope for –
More than security for our own land –
Though security we need –
More than satisfaction for our wants –
Though many things we desire.
Give us the hearts to choose the leader
Who will work with other leaders
To bring safety to the whole world.
Give us a government
That provides for the advancement of this country
Without taking resources from others to achieve it.
Give us insight enough ourselves
To choose leaders who can tell
Strength from power,
Growth from greed,
Leadership from dominance,
And real greatness from the trappings of grandiosity.
We trust you, great God
To open our hearts to learn from those
To whom you speak in different tongues
And to respect the life and words
Of those to whom you entrusted
The good of other parts of this planet.
We beg you, great God
Give us the vision as a people
To know where global leadership truly lies,
To pursue it diligently,
To require it to protect human rights
For everyone, everywhere.
We ask these things, Great God,
With minds open to your word
And hearts that trust in your eternal care.
-Joan Chittister, OSB
I love the sisters!
#nunnery's adventures with nuns
#i must be a joy-killer right?
Dinner was amazing! Sr I had already made dinner, some delicious beef and vegetable soup with salad and rolls from whole foods. The minute I got there Sr P handed me the National Catholic Reporter and said “READ THIS ARTICLE” and then we talked about it and ate a delicious dinner.
I saw so many wonderful videos tonight! The first was of the six novices in the community giving an introduction of their new noviatiate house in Michigan and the second was of a local novice being recieved into the noviatiate. I was supposed to go, but I was at my parents’ house for break :(. It was so beautiful. I love ceremonies.
We also got frozen yogurt because Sr P LOVES pistachio frozen yogurt.