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from Joan Chittister OSB

The Eucharist Dilemma The major problem of eucharistic theology in our century is not that people do not understand and value the meaning of Eucharist. The problem is that they do. The Eucharist, every child learns young, is the sign of Christian community, the very heart of it, in fact. And who would deny the bond, the depth, the electrical force that welds us together in it? Here, we know, is the linkage between us and the Christ, between us and the Gospel, between us and the Tradition that links us to Jesus himself and so to the world around us. No, what the Eucharist is meant to be is not...
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from Joan Chittister OSB

In the Face of Adversity Endurance shines as the hallmark of the prophets, the lodestone of the prophetic. Those who are willing to endure when endurance looks insane, has no hope of prevailing, consumes everything else in its path, are those who know a greater truth, a more promising hope, a truer way to wholeness than the world around them has to offer. That kind of endurance is of God. It transcends human concerns and demands human attention. That kind of endurance holds on to the divine in life even when life itself gives in to making gods of gold in deserts of sand. Prophetic endurance holds on,...
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from Joan Chittister OSB

International Women’s Day, March 8th We have become single-minded. We see things only through the male eye. We know God only through the male mind. We recognize the spirit only in the male model. As a result, we can go to war, and no one at the table will talk about the effect of carpet- bombing on the eardrums of babies. We can pass church laws that cut women off from discernment about the very things that we say affect their eternal souls. We can argue in favor of the so-called just war that we know will kill thousands, but condemn birth control outright simply because it averts birth. We can...
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Bob Davis passionate educator dies near the Red and the Green : A tribute

  What the pupil needs are not text books but text people. Rabbi Abraham Heschel This culture subjugates people to the interests of technology, elevates the pursuit of quantity of information over meaning and divorces the population from belief systems, as information management has no moral core.Neil Postman My friend Bob Davis left this earth on Feb 22. The following Globe obit sketches the essential details of Buffalo Bob’s meaningful life. William Robert (Bob) Davis Canadian education thinker and activist William Robert (Bob) Davis died vacationing in Cuba February 22. Born June 11,...
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from Joan Chittister OSB

  Thought on Lent Once upon a time, an ancient story tells us, the master had a visitor who came to inquire about Zen. But instead of listening, the visitor kept talking about his own concerns and giving his own thoughts. After a while the master served tea. He poured tea into his visitor’s cup until it was full and then he kept on pouring. Finally the visitor could not bear it any longer, “Don’t you see that my cup is full?” he said. “It’s not possible to get anymore in.” “Just so,” the master said, stopping at last. “And like this cup,...
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