A thought recently happened upon me as I was considering my call to religious life. The 1950’s are far behind us and who knows if there will ever come a time when religious communities will see those numbers again. I am well aware of the statistics of my aging community, how significantly different--and specifically smaller--we will be ten to fifteen years from now. This is not just our reality, this is the reality of religious life today.
It's November--the month of giving thanks.
For me this year, giving thanks for all that God has blessed me with is extremely poignant and I am so grateful for all of God's goodness to me.
In the past months, the theme that keeps finding me is vulnerability—but not necessarily as a bad thing. How can that possibly be? It first found me when I read an article by the English theologian Sarah Coakley, who spoke of prayer as vulnerability. She explains that she herself was transformed by her prayer. Her silent prayer allowed God’s word to work in her, to transform her understanding (as it so often does, if we only let it).
These past weeks I have been reflecting on the gifts of this fall season. Here are a few images that came to mind that are associated with the "fall" season or the word itself, which I have considered in light of religious life:
Where is our trust, really? Lately, the political conversation in the United States has me wondering. Do we make our leaders into messiahs, believing blindly that they’ll save us from our troubles? Do we falsely think that the correct policies and governmental laws will save us from our problems? Why do so many people seem to think that more jobs will be the solution?
It's the beginning of a new school year and we in campus ministry are busy doing outreach to new and returning students. We're putting up fliers, updating our website, tabling on campus, and shamelessly promoting our events on Facebook. Why? We do it not just for the sake of evangelization and because we'd like large numbers at our events, but because our students need us. Especially at our university, where it's so easy for students to feel invisible among 42,000 other students, community is essential. Our motto is "A Place to Belong," and I hope that we are able to provide a place t
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Julia Walsh, FSPA offered this reflection for our October 2012 Giving Voice E-Newsletter. A version of this reflection was previously published here:
By Julia Walsh, FSPA