Following Sister Barbara Harrrington’s fertile images last week of seeds hitching rides to continue spreading life, and of Mendel patiently coaxing new varieties in the monastery garden, I’ve been thinking about the huge transfer of lands that will occur in the coming decade as congregations of women religious approach their completion. Continue reading →
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You’d hardly know it’s there. You find it hiking via dog fur, presiding in coyote scat, being resettled by autumn wind; bird droppings, a favorite mode of transportation. Autumn, time for seed’s wild dispersal. Made for itinerancy, seeds regularly travel outside their comfort zone…and that brings blessing.
Comfort zones hide the magnitude of change called for in this era of Earth’s climate change. To be sure, there’s a generosity of heart and spirit to change home practices. But even with so much love for life, the rest seems overwhelming…until you think of Gregor Mendel, the Augustinian monk, born in 1822, father of modern genetics. Continue reading →
As I end my seven years as Justice Promoter on Wednesday, I have thought of the African proverb, “It Takes A Village to Raise a Child” and substituted, to bring peace, alleviate poverty, address global climate change, etc. While one person can make a difference, many persons coming together can bring about positive change.
Comedian Woody Allen once said, “Eighty percent of life is showing up.” I am very grateful to the countless Sisters and Associates who showed up during the last seven years. You have addressed social justice issues of concern – human trafficking, immigration reform, environmental degradation, peace. Sisters and Associates serving on four justice committees and countless others have worked tirelessly in raising awareness of vital legislation, making phone calls, meeting with representatives, attending rallies, and providing resource lists on peace, Islam and “Going Green.” Continue reading →
Earlier in July I had the opportunity to travel to California and enjoy the diverse beauty of that state. As we traveled to Yosemite National Park, the tour guide announced, “You are viewing the salad bar of the United States.” For endless miles I viewed lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries and countless vegetables and fruits I have too often enjoyed without reflecting on the labor that brought these wonderful foods to me. In those fields were many farm workers struggling to survive.
Recently I came across a timeless reminder of what a pledge of nonviolence demands. Students in the marches, demonstrations and sit ins of the 1960s were expected to sign a pledge that their actions would be nonviolent regardless of the circumstances. There were ten commandments they promised to follow and I believe are just as important for those demonstrating today as in the 1960s.
They read: “I hereby pledge myself—my person and body—to the nonviolent movement, therefore I will keep the following the commandants: Continue reading →