Social Service Sr. Simone Campbell is the former executive director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby, and author of A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community.

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What I've learned from a Lenten practice of listening to people who disagree with me

My efforts to connect with those who think differently have taught me that the judgments on both sides build walls of division and rancor. The call of Jesus in the Gospel to love one another is very difficult.


Faith leaders need to step up to heal our political divisions

The spiritual idea of a more perfect union is in jeopardy. How we respond to our nation's brokenness is our challenge, and faith leaders are among those most equipped to take up the call to engagement and healing.


Let's make a place for all 'Holy Families' fleeing political violence this Christmas

This Christmas season, we are called to welcome families fleeing Afghanistan and help them find security in the midst of their dislocation and struggle. We are the called to be the political actors in Matthew's Gospel. This is how we will know that Emmanuel is indeed with us.


A contemporary Sikh 'saint' may offer insights into overcoming polarization

Commentary: I had the opportunity to join the 20th anniversary memorial of Balbir Singh Sodhi, a victim of a hate crime killing after Sept. 11. It was at the memorial that I learned of the Sikh commitment to revolutionary love.