During the Advent and Christmas seasons I have been reflecting on the images of light and darkness. There are many people and places in our world longing for the Light of the World to be born in them. In recent weeks the news has been filled with reports of war, possible genocide, terrorist attacks, poverty, climate crisis, racism, and systemic injustice. When my focus remains on these things it is easy to be overwhelmed with feelings of powerlessness and to feel encased by the darkness.
I joked with my community that I had no idea what I was doing forty hours a week. After a chance encounter with my future nun-boss, I was hired as a court appointed guardian. I had graduated with a broadcasting degree just two years prior so naturally it felt like I didn't know what I was doing. Instead of speaking in front of a microphone, it was my job to speak up for adults with various types of mental illnesses.
This annual peer-led retreat is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other younger women religious for prayer, reflection, conversation and relationship building.
Don't forget that you can read more reflections by younger women religious in the regular Horizons column on Global Sisters Report.
Giving Voice is very thankful to all the women's congregations that have given donations to us so far during this 2015 year. You can find a list of supporting congregations on our website. Without you the work of Giving Voice would not be possible.