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Check in each week to read interesting articles from Catholic writers, discover what Catholics are talking about in the wider world, find out what's happening in the lives of Catholic leaders, and keep up with the latest news from the Sisters of Bon Secours!

HOLY WEEK & EASTER REFLECTIONS

Pam Hackenmiller, Michele Morek, March 29, 2018 | Global Sisters Report

It’s been a long 40 days with Jesus in the desert, and I for one am ready to celebrate his resurrection.

While Ursuline Sr. Michele Morek, our liaison to sisters in the United States, has compiled a wonderful lineup of sisters’ columns for contemplation this Lent, Holy Week and Easter (read all of them here), we thought you might want more spiritual preparation.

Sister Michele and I have rediscovered a handful of Lenten, Holy Week and Easter reflections published on Global Sisters Report from years past to inspire you in this Holy Week and into the early Easter season. (more…)

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SISTERS OF BON SECOURS QUOTED IN ARTICLE ASKING FOR ACTION AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE

Catholic News Service, March 1, 2018 | National Catholic Reporter

Washington — In a Feb. 28 open letter to President Donald Trump and members of Congress, Jesuit Father Michael Sheeran, president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, urged U.S. leaders to listen to the teens who survived the Parkland, Florida, school shooting and help them “fix this” plague of gun violence in our country.

 “We adults have repeatedly failed to fix this singularly American phenomenon,” said the priest on behalf of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S.

He called the Feb. 14 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School a national tragedy but also said that since it occurred, there have been signs of hope through the voices of its “poised, articulate young survivors.”

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STATEMENT ON GUN VIOLENCE

Sisters of Bon Secours, February 28, 2018

As women of healing the Sisters of Bon Secours grieve the loss of life, the pain of trauma, and the agonizing violence inflicted on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community in Parkland, Florida by a very disturbed young man who had access to an assault rifle.

While we hold the 17 victims of this horrific tragedy in our thoughts and prayers we also hold ourselves accountable to do what we can to advocate for an end to gun violence.

Through our participation in Faiths United Against Gun Violence and other organizations advocating for gun safety, we call on our elected officials to immediately take up legislation that:

  • requires universal background checks and mandatory waiting periods for all gun purchases;
  • bans civilian ownership of high-capacity weapons and magazines; and
  • makes gun trafficking a federal crime.

Through our membership in the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility we challenge gun manufacturers to:

  • issue a report on the companies’ activities related to gun safety measures and the mitigation of harm associated with their gun products
  • monitor violent events associated with products produced by their companies
  • research and produce safer guns and gun products.

We stand in solidarity with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) who reminds us that in the wake of this national tragedy “mourning is not enough, action is needed”. We support the inspiring young people of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who are speaking truth to power in such eloquent and heartfelt ways in support of gun safety.  And we hold fast to the hope that our collective voice for an end to violence in all forms will bring forth a culture of peace on this planet God so loves.

To view the full LCWR Statement on gun violence please go to the provided link.

 

 

 

 

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OPEN YOUR HEART FOR LENT

Cindy Wooden, February 14, 2018 | Catholic News Service

Lent is a time for Christians to get their hearts in sync with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said.

“Let the Lord heal the wounds of sin and fulfill the prophecy made to our fathers: ‘A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh,'” the pope said Feb. 14, celebrating Mass and distributing ashes at the beginning of Lent. (more…)

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STAYING CONNECTED TO GOD

Melissa Musick Nussbaum, February 7, 2018| National Catholic Reporter

What I’m thinking about in these days before Ash Wednesday is how most of what I have learned about a right relationship with God has come from taking care of small children. These days the smallest child in my care is 13 months old. We have had a standing date each Tuesday since last August as her mother goes off to teach. (more…)

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ON A PILGRIMAGE HOME

Cindy Wooden, February 7, 2018 | Catholic News Service

Vatican City — “I am on a pilgrimage toward Home,” retired Pope Benedict XVI wrote, capitalizing the Italian word “casa” or “home.”

Almost exactly five years after announcing his intention to be the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign, Pope Benedict wrote the letter to a journalist from the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

“I am touched to know how many of the readers of your newspaper want to know how I am experiencing this last period of my life,” the 90-year-old retired pope wrote. “In that regard, I can only say that, with the slow diminishing of my physical strength, inwardly I am on a pilgrimage toward Home.”

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THE FUTURE AWAITS THEM!

Dan Stockman, February 5,2018 |Global Sisters Report

Young women religious who have been making themselves heard through Giving Voice, a peer-led group for sisters under the age of 50, have now put their words into a book reflecting on the hopes, challenges and realities of religious life in current times.

In Our Own Words, published Jan. 25 by Liturgical Press, contains chapters written by 13 younger sisters, including a reflection from Sr. Virginia Herbers of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on diversity and unity in religious life and Incarnate Word Sr. Teresa Maya’s thoughts on younger sisters in leadership roles. (more…)

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BLENDED VOICES OF HOPE

Tracy Kemme,January 19, 2018| Global Sisters Report

“O Lord, we pray that they may see what must be done and gain strength to do what they have seen.”

With my daily devotional propped on the airplane tray, I read the collect for the day’s liturgy. In a few hours, I would land in Phoenix and assemble with 32 other sisters in their 20s and 30s for our annual Giving Voice retreat. This collect seemed to stretch off the page toward me, beckoning my attention. I sensed it was God’s special urging to us young sisters (more…)

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YOUNG ADULTS TO GO TO ROME

Catholic News Service, January 25, 2018

A religious brother, a campus ministry director and a youth minister who is a wife and new mother have been named to represent the United States as young adult delegates at a pre-synod gathering in Rome in March.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced Jan. 25 that the delegates are: LaSallian Christian Brother Javier Hansen, a religion teacher at Cathedral High School in El Paso, Texas; Nick Lopez, director of campus ministry for the University of Dallas; and Katie Prejean-McGrady, a wife, new mother, youth minister, and a popular speaker from the Diocese of Lake Charles, Louisiana. (more…)

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REACHING OUT

Cindy Wooden, January 14, 2018 | Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Being afraid and concerned about the impact of migration is not a sin, Pope Francis said, but it is a sin to let those fears lead to a refusal to help people in need.

“The sin is to allow these fears to determine our responses, to limit our choices, to compromise respect and generosity, to feed hostility and rejection,” the pope said Jan. 14, celebrating Mass for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. While fear is a natural human reaction, he said, “the sin is to refuse to encounter the other, the different, the neighbor, when this is in fact a privileged opportunity to encounter the Lord.” (more…)

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