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Joan Chittister on “Speaking of Faith”

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Joan Chittister’s writing has moved me to love God more than that of almost any other modern writer. I keep coming back to her little book entitled Illuminated Life: Monastic Wisdom for Seekers of Light.

She’s interviewed on Krista Tippett’s excellent public radio program in the U.S. this week – and, if you like, you could stream the audio from the Speaking of Faith website or download the podcast. Below is an excerpt-

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June 30, 2006 at 2:02 pm

Posted in Discipleship, Women

Chittister sees re-emergence of America

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Now here’s a hopeful thing. Joan Chittister, writing in the National Catholic Reporter, finds reason for optimism in the midst of America’s national confusions. Breaking-in mid-page:

… Which is exactly why this sad moment is an equally refreshing moment.

The fact is that we are also watching two other things emerge again, which — if we achieve them — Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Monte

December 12, 2006 at 10:26 pm

Posted in Politics, Social change

Sneak becomes hero (sermon of August 18, 2008)

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Birth of Jacob and Esau []Remember Jacob and Esau? How Jacob was born holding-on to Esau’s heel?  How Jacob was given the name “Jacob” because it meant “heel-grabber” or “supplanter” or “schemer”?  How Jacob later extorted the family birthright out of his brother?  How he ran for his life—Esau threatening murder—under cover of going to Mama’s folks to find a bride?

And how, when he got there, he awakened the day after his marriage to discover that the bride of last night’s passion wasn’t the girl he’d intended to marry?  Oops.  Now he’d gotten bamboozled (let alone her, but that’s another story).

Jacob stays there at Haran for 20 years: 7 years for Leah, 7 years for Rachel, 6 more tending flocks, raising his own. He gets astonishingly rich.  And then one day, God said “Jacob, it’s time to go home.”

But Jacob’s afraid of Laban (Pa-in-law).  Laban’s been a shrewd dealer.  Kept him there for 20 years, after all.  Who knows if Laban will really let him go?  So Jacob and Rachel and Leah lay a secret plan. Read the rest of this entry »

US Catholic bishops recognize complexity of political choices

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Interesting statement from the US Catholic bishops, as cited by Joan Chittister:

US Catholic bishopsThe truth is that the bishops in their latest document, “Faithful Citizenship” — the church’s attempt to teach the importance of civic participation in the political process — eschewed single issue politics entirely. “As Catholics we are not single-issue voters. A candidate’s position on a single issue is not sufficient to guarantee a voter’s support,” the document says quite directly. …

Instead, the document sets out to remind people that voting is, indeed, a moral act but that political morality — social morality — is made up of more things than sexual issues, all of them morally important, all of them to be seen as the voter’s moral obligation to weigh issues and their effects on society at large. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 21, 2007 at 12:04 pm

Koreans make peace when no one else will

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Korean citizens, long in the shadow of a war made by others, decide that if peace won’t come to them, they will become peace. Click here to read the whole piece. As with most of Joan Chittister’s writing, it is inspiring.

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peacebellKorea is involved in the longest unfinished war in modern history. Caught between the interests of the Four Great Powers — China, Japan, Russia and the United States — the Korean War, an appendage to World War II — a by-product of World War II — broke out in June 1950 to stop the spread of Communism in the region and, at the same time, to secure a foothold for the West in Asia. “We never went to war ourselves,” the Koreans say. “We have only fought surrogate wars.”
one day in 2005 … the local mayor … and the local philosopher … determined that if peace would not come to Hwacheon, Hwacheon would become it themselves. ( “Peace begins in Hwacheon,” they decided, “in Hwacheon, the Peace Capital of the World.”
To prove it, they would create a World Peace Bell out of spent cartridges from around the world. They would begin to turn the DMZ, a monument to death, into a Wildlife Preserve. And they would become a center for the study of the relationship between ecology and peace, with the otter, an endangered species in their midst, as the symbol of it. “After all,” they tell you, “bells can be heard across borders and otters swim freely on both sides of the DMZ because they cannot be stopped by wire and dams.”

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Hmm. Where does peace begin?

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Written by Monte

November 8, 2007 at 6:21 pm

Posted in Hope, Social change