Sister Joan has written five two-page summaries of the teaching of this extraordinary council. Click here to read and download this free online retreat. Find a friend to talk with. Or put a notice in your parish bulletin calling people together around this topic.
My memories of the notorious sixties are not the free love and abandon of the sexual revolution but the incredible revival of the Catholic Church at Vatican II and the civil rights marches upending Jim Crow. In that decade we experienced finding a way where there is no way. The impossible can come to be.Continue reading “Keeping Faith”
Sunday Readings: Genesis 2.18-24; Hebrews 2.9-11; Mark 10.2-12 “Tell us, does the Law allow a husband to divorce his wife?” (Mark 10.2) Marriage is the topic in Sunday’s gospel. In Rome this Sunday the Synod on the Family begins. Second marriages is one topic on the agenda. Many people in the pews pray the SpiritContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 4, 2015, 27th Sunday Ordinary Time”
The Second Vatican Council affirmed life in the parish I grew up in—St. Donatus, Brooten, MN. Our pastor from the time I was 12 involved the 55 families in the liturgical movement and the justice that Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin advocated in the Catholic Worker. Dorothy Day came to our parish and spoke whenContinue reading “A Vatican II Mini-Course by Joan Mitchell, CSJ”
Scenario 4: Reconciliation Read scenarios one, two and three here. Doing the work of dialogue and reconciliation resonated with sisters I spoke with at the 2007 meeting. In the scripture Sister Laurie chose for this scenario, Paul describes reconciling old and new as a core ministry in the Church: “So if anyone is in Christ,Continue reading “Possible Futures for Catholic Sisters: The Fourth Scenario”
Scenario 3: Sojourning in a Strange Land Read about the first and second scenarios by Joan Mitchell, CSJ. The third scenario tells the heartbreaking story of Hagar (Genesis 21.9-21). Hagar is Sarah’s Egyptian maidservant. African American women have long identified with Hagar because she is both a servant and a surrogate mother as many blackContinue reading “Possible Futures for Catholic Sisters: Scenario 3”
John told Jesus about trying to stop a man, who was not a disciple, from casting out demons in Jesus’ name. Jesus responded, “Do not stop him. No one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is forContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 30, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time”