Monday, November 30, 2015

35 Years

December 2 marks 35 years since the murders of the "Churchwomen of El Salvador" -- Sister Dorothy Kazel, OSU; Sister Ita Ford, MM; Sister Maura Clarke, MM; and Jean Donovan.  Click here to view the blurb from Ignatian Solidarity Network that helps us to remember these remarkable women.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Prayer for World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is commemorated annually on December 1.  Click here for resources on the USCCB website.  The National African American Catholic HIV/AIDS Task Force has provided this prayer:

God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
 O Good and gracious God,
You are the God of health and wholeness.
In the plan of Your creation,
You call us to struggle in our sickness
and to cling always to the cross of Your Son.
Father, we are Your servants.
Many of us are now suffering with HIV or AIDS.
We come before You and ask You, if it is Your holy will,
to take this suffering away from us, restore us to health
and lead us to know You and Your powerful healing love of body and spirit.
We ask you also, to be with those of us who nurse Your sick ones.
We are the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children and friends
of Your suffering people.
It is so hard for us to see those whom we love suffer.
You know what it is to suffer.
Help us to minister in loving care, support, and patience
for your people who suffer with HIV and AIDS.
Lead us to do whatever it will take to eradicate this illness
from the lives of those who are touched by it,
both directly and indirectly.
Trusting in You and the strength of Your Spirit,
we pray these things in the Name of Jesus.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Give Thanks

For what are you thankful this year?

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

The World's Most Powerful Woman

Click here to read Maureen Orth's cover story in the December 2015 issue of National Geographic, entitled "How the Virgin Mary Became the World's Most Powerful Woman."

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Stained-Glass People

In her essay, "Stained-Glass People," in the November 2 issue of America, Mariele Courtouis writes:  "Stained glass is impractical.  It doesn't help the stone wall stand.  In fact, it is the most vulnerable to breaking.  It is made from broken pieces.  It is a potential weak point in the wall.  But it is through stained glass that light can bring color to the darkened nave.  Its intricate array bears a secret in the night and a message in the day.  It makes the sunbeam striking.  By allowing something else to work through its stillness, it creates beauty."   She concludes:  "Even broken pieces have found their purpose in creation: to come together. . . . [Sometimes] we can make a gift of ourselves to others simply as signs of the light to come.  Sometimes, even if it is just for one person, a glance through the window to the view beyond the wall makes the most transformative impact of all."

This week, may we realize the transformative power of our brokenness -- that is, may we realize our power to become "stained-glass people."

Click here to read the essay in its entirety.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Pray for Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.  Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.  For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Friday, November 13, 2015

November Issue of Stop Trafficking

Click here to access the November issue of the Stop Trafficking newsletter, focusing on the exploitation, fear and coercion involved in human trafficking.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Prayer and Fasting for Peace

As is our custom on the 11th of the month, the Sisters of Christian Charity are praying and fasting for peace.  Click here to access prayer resources provided by our Western Region.