Tracey Horan is a member of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Her first deep conversation with this community occurred in a melon patch during her time as an intern at the Sisters' White Violet Center for Eco-Justice. She now lives in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, working as associate director of education and advocacy for the Kino Border Initiative.

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How would you feel? Lessons in empathy from a 5-year-old

Young Voices: Eliza was in the middle of a family transition over which she had no control. She could, however, control the outcome of a certain protagonist (me) fleeing a pride of imaginary lions.


5 things to love about Mexico and its paradoxical, enriching embrace

Horizons: Amid the reality of devastating violence, Mexicans still treasure the richness of the place they call home. The more I integrate into the life here, the more I can appreciate why.


Beyond fear: Befriending the saguaro

Young Voices: In my first solo hike during a retreat at the Desert House of Prayer in Arizona, I noticed that an uneasiness hampered my normally rapid pace. So many spiky things lined the narrow path.


On US-Mexico border, there's danger of growing accustomed to injustice

Young Voices: As I walked away from the checkpoint shaking my head about the abuse of power and lack of human compassion I had just witnessed, I realized that no one around me had seemed as bothered. This is normal here.