Francine Dempsey has been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Albany, N.Y., for 60 years. She is a retired educator, long-time justice advocate, a freelance writer and a member of the Eyes Wide Open of Northeast, New York.

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Blessed are you achievers, blessed are you duds

Soul Seeing: As my first year of teaching went on, I eventually could neither eat nor sleep nor laugh. During supper, especially during silence meals, I would sometimes simply sit and cry.


Construct no walls around ‘sacred space’

Soul Seeing: Each night in my prayer, I wrap God’s encircling, unconditional love around the suffering and the inflictors of the suffering, and yes, they are one with me.


On a foggy Christmas Eve

At 6 p.m. on an unusually mild Christmas Eve, I parked my tan Ford Escort next to Ellen's red one outside a pizza parlor in downtown Syracuse, N.Y.


Every person has a human right to food

Opinion: America needs a comprehensive national strategy to end hunger, a strategy based on the fundamental human right to food.