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JOAN CHITTISTER

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Thoughts on Mary

May 03, 2021

Gerard Manley Hopkins, the great Jesuit poet, said in his poem, “The May Magnificat,” that the reason May is Mary’s month is that it is the season of growth. In Mary grew the vision that made her open to the Incarnation; in Mary grew the image of the strong and independent woman; in Mary grew the Christ who changed the lives of all of us. Mary is not a plaster statue. Mary is the woman whose commitment and courage saved the world from self-centeredness. 
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  • It’s not often that someone reads one of Joan Chittister’s books and is inspired to write one of their own. But that’s what happened to grandmother Dee Lorenz. The very active 87-year-old found herself curtailed by COVID-19 and remembered what she had read in Sister Joan’s book, The Gift of Years. “In it she says that we have an obligation to share what we know,” Lorenz said.

  • Joan Chittister’s thoughts on humility in the Rule of Benedict are shared in this letter to the editor from John Brooks that appeared in The Republic, Columbus, Indiana. Click here.

  • A column by Jane Jayroe Gamble in The Oklahoman newspaper on the topic of “forgiveness following the national election” referenced a quote by Joan Chittister from her book, The Gift of YearsThe Oklahoman is the largest daily newspaper in Oklahoma and is the only regional daily that covers the Greater Oklahoma City area.

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An outspoken advocate of justice, peace and equality

Joan Chittister, a Benedictine Sister of Erie, has dedicated her life to voicing questions that test popularly accepted truths of the day. Her questions to both church and society focus on the empowerment of women, the development of contemporary spirituality, a redefinition and renewal of Benedictine life for seekers today, and justice for the oppressed and marginalized, particularly those in prison. Here are four Good Works that reflect her life commitments:

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