One of the elderly sisters in my religious community used to ask a younger sister that question every day at breakfast. The senior in question didn’t have dementia. She was challenging the other to dig deeper into her own identity, to discover and articulate who she really was. The younger one started with her name and went on to other words which described the relationships that called her forth: sister, daughter, friend, etc. Some answers had an overtly religious tone while others could include such varied roles as a swimmer and a Cardinals fan.
Distinctly Catholic: Cardinal Sean O'Malley spoke about three forces at work in American social and political life, in a talk given Jan. 10 at The Catholic University of America.
Faith and Justice: One of the greatest liturgical challenges in the 21st century is making it meaningful to people in a post Darwin, post-Einstein, post-Hubble world.
Young Voices: Sr. Julia Walsh, a young Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, is a Horizons columnist for Global Sisters Report. Amid doubts about her vocation, one day, she received God's grace.
Distinctly Catholic: Bishop Robert McElroy spoke about three forces at work in American social and political life, in a talk given Jan. 10 at The Catholic University of America.
Soul Seeing: The integration of indigenous wisdom, typically associated with a deep love for the natural environment, is hindered by our unexamined religious attitudes.
A small c catholic: Perhaps it is within Christianity's long mystic tradition that apparitions of the Virgin Mary, such as that reported by three children in Fatima 100 years ago, belong.
My Table Is Spread: My granddaughter was learning home before she breathed air or saw sunlight or felt the touch of a hand, and my dying aunt was yearning for home, too.
When I entered religious life almost 40 years ago, living singly was not one of my expectations. Having grown up in a family that taught me to share, persuade and compromise, I had a bit of a head start adjusting to community life and have grown to love and value it deeply.
Spiritual Reflections: If you are presiding at the liturgy on Jan. 1, try this: Ask the assembly what we are celebrating today. Most people will look at you as if you just emerged from hibernation.