Our founders and foundresses migrated, learned new languages, overcame persecution and physical obstacles, preached the truth with love in places their words were not welcome, modeled nonviolence and touched the "untouchable" of their day. Yet just as this moment calls us beyond the bridges we've known, evolving understanding calls us to shift from fear to love with a level of awareness never before possible. The world needs us for this.
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Whether near or far, we commit ourselves to the work of relationship, trusting our own hearts and all they hold to the heart of God. In that trust, we live to love and learn to love more deeply. We do not journey alone, nor should we. We carry the communion of community within us, coming to the feast together, sustained by God and by one another so that, no matter who or what we encounter, all might be united in the love of God, sustained by the Spirit and at home in their hearts and the world.
We are here gathering spirits, weaving hearts, sharing energy and fire.
We desire to carry hope and light in the darkness, care for humanity and all creation, be God’s love, mercy, justice, hands, feet, ears, and voice.
I was recently blessed to participate in a Peer Spirit Circle conversation (by zoom video conference) with a small group of sisters from Giving Voice, an organization for younger women religious. The topic of conversation was how to face our fears and move to a response of love and building bridges in today’s world. We discussed how differences and conflicts are present within our own religious communities, neighborhoods, and at our country’s border. These are examples of places where fear, hurt and injustice exist and where a loving presence is needed.
In our current social and political climate, I think it is important to stop and reflect on two values that are important to building healthy relationships and stem from the core of what religious life is all about: community and contemplation. These are not unique to Christianity but are found among all the world religions.
Below is an excerpt I wrote for a planning retreat at my ministry site, the Eco-Justice Center sponsored by the Racine Dominicans.
In an effort to clarify organizational policies and better serve the entire network of Giving Voice sisters, the Core Team recently discerned and approved the following guidelines.
Giving Voice participation is open to women:
· Under fifty years of age,
· Who have officially started the stage in formation immediately preceding the novitiate,
· In a Roman Catholic, canonical institute or society of vowed women religious.
Participation is completely voluntary.