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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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  • “Your father died when you were three, your stepfather was abusive, you were stricken with polio as a teenager—were these the most difficult Lents of your life?” “What is the place of suffering in our lives?” “How can we cultivate peace in our hearts?” These are some of the questions that columnist Michael Leach asked Joan Chittister in a 

  • Book: If you are planning a Stations of the Cross service for your parish or community, or if you say the Stations as a personal devotion, you might consider the eBook, Gateway to Resurrection by Joan Chittister.

  • “Your father died when you were three, your stepfather was abusive, you were stricken with polio as a teenager—were these the most difficult Lents of your life?” “What is the place of suffering in our lives?” “How can we cultivate peace in our hearts?” These are some of the questions that columnist Michael Leach asked Joan Chittister in a

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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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