I recently did an interview on Religious Life, the last question took me by surprise because it was not related to the topic of which we were talking about: Which advice would you give to a young Adriana? I must confess that my answer also surprised me when I said: "as time will goes by you will realize that the people around you impose too many expectations and want to see you act in certain ways. It will be very difficult to stay true to yourself but always fight for it because it's worth it.” When I look backward, I can pinpoint the exact moment when this turned into a non - negotiable value for me.
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On my desk, I keep a tattered post-it note that reads, “Because of you, I can do something.” A few years ago, a client said this as he sat in my office talking about his new life. I still remember the moment he said that. I felt like an insignificant speck in his new life in Akron, Ohio, but, to him, I stood as a reminder of his new beginning. Who are the people in our own lives that call us to enter into the newness of life? What do these people represent?
Roman Catholic Sisters and Brothers who are currently in formation and have completed their canonical novitiate year are invited to participate in a new program called Together: A Collaborative for Theological Education, Formation, and Community, cosponsored by Catholic Theological Union (CTU) and the Religious Formation Conference (RFC).
Do you write poetry? Giving Voice is excited to announce our new original poetry series: #SisterPoets! Each month, sisters who participate in Giving Voice are encouraged to write a poem on one spiritual theme, to be a part of a monthly collection published in our e-newsletter, on our website and social media platforms.
What is speaking to your heart? It’s a question I continue to ponder as we enter these final weeks of Lent. I’ve been especially attentive to my heart this Lenten season perhaps because Ash Wednesday was also Valentine’s Day this year. It seemed odd to celebrate both on the same day but I suppose it was fitting for a season focused on conversion of heart, to start on a day dedicated to love. So where is my heart?
In February, the Core Team met in St. Louis for our yearly face-to-face meeting. While our monthly Zoom meetings make our leadership structure possible from our various locations across the country, it is always good to get together in person, particularly for evaluation, long term planning, and direction setting.
This year, Giving Voice teamed up with National Religious Vocation Conference, Communicators for Women Religious, Religious Formation Conference, and the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life, to both highlight Catholic sisters online with a series of video interviews, and create community at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago with a prayer service.