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Call 911

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

If you notice that someone is having a heart attack, would you call 911? If you are walking down the street and notice a building on fire, would you call 911? I think it is safe to say most people would respond and make that call.

The United States has an ongoing crisis that shows no sign of going away. The epidemic of gun violence is the crisis that captured the NEW YORK TIMES and moved it to place an editorial on page 1 for the first time since 1920. Titled, “The Gun Epidemic,” the editorial calls Congress to task stating, “This is a moral outrage and national disgrace that people are legally purchasing weapons designed specifically to kill with brutal speed and efficiency.” The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS takes the republican congress to task for simply “offering their prayers,” instead noting that “God Isn’t Fixing This.” Congress must fix it.

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School of the Americas Watch

Suzanne Brauer, OP
Blog by Sr. Suzanne Brauer, OP

Over the past 25 years, the School of the Americas (SOA) Watch has grown from a handful of people to a multi-generational, cross-continental movement against the militarization of the Americas. Thousands gather each year at Ft. Benning in Columbus, GA, to be educated, to take a stand against the US policies of training future terrorists and to engage in nonviolent direct action. Continue reading →

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Creating an Attitude of Gratitude

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

One of my favorite stories about gratitude centers on Ethel Goldberg (a fictitious character). Ethel was a proud grandmother and always looked forward to visits from her grandson David. Nine-year-old David lived in New York and flew to see his grandmother in Miami once a year. Ethel prepared for his visit by packing a picnic lunch that they would take to the beach. Continue reading →

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We Are All French

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

After 9/11 the United States received world-wide support with vigils, flowers, prayers and numerous other signs of friendship. In France signs read, “We Are All Americans.” Now, we in the United States are saying, “We are All French.” The supreme act of barbarism on Friday shocked the world and sent a message that there is no such thing as a safe place. It is not possible to protect cities in the United States or Europe from suicidal, marauding assaults by single-minded terrorists. Continue reading →

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Sisters Against Trafficking

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Blog by Sr. Carol Davis, OP

When she was 12, her father raped her and on weekends sold her to neighbors and acquaintances when they came over to play cards. When she was 14, her addicted brother sold her to a gang for drugs. When he was 15, he was kidnapped while walking home from school. He was sold but managed to escape before being shipped out of the United States. These are three people whose stories break my heart. Their pain is palpable. Their courage is undeniable as they reclaim their voices. These are three of the millions of people, millions of reasons Catholic Sisters have come together in their work against trafficking. The words of Saint Catherine of Siena are as vital today as they were in the 14th century, “Speak the truth in a million voices. It is silence that kills the world.” Continue reading →

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