Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB, is coordinator for Monasteries of the Heart, where she writes "Old Monk's Journal."

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Hold fast to hope, the fragile flowers shout

Soul Seeing: Because I believe in the victory of beauty, I have walked the Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania, since 1980.

Cry out, sisters; cry out

From Where I Stand: Not too long ago, the world barely noticed nuns. Now there is hardly an instance when the world does not notice them.