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This Is God!

When the crucified Jesus is called the ‘image of the invisible God’, the meaning is that this is God, and God is like this. . . . The Christ event on the cross is a God event. And conversely, the God event takes place on the cross of the risen Christ. Here God has not just acted externally, in his unattainable glory and eternity. Here he has acted in himself and has gone on to suffer in himself. Here he himself is love with all his being.

Jürgen Moltmann, The Crucified God

The Cross of Christ is the penetration of God into that unholy area where we would least expect him and, if the truth be known, where we least want him. God has entered into the loneliness of our suffering and the self-hatred of our sin. And he has not come as judgment but as acceptance. The Cross is the communication of God’s care but it is not a message from the outside. God loves us by receiving our lives into himself as we experience them — torn and broken. The Cross is God loving us from the inside.

John Shea, Stories of God

May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Galatians 6:14

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A Prayer for Religious Vocations

Good and gracious God you are the potter and we are the clay.  Mold our young people to be your disciples.  Give them the courage to discern your call to Religious Life.  Give strength to those who serve in your Church.  May they lead your people to holiness.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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FAQ: National Catholic Sisters Week

What is National Catholic Sisters Week?

National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) is a dedicated celebration of Catholic sisters intended to raise awareness of their vital contributions, both past and present. It is a national campaign that culminates annually from March 8 to 14.

When is National Catholic Sisters Week?
The dedicated week is March 8 to 14 every year.

Who is it for?
National Catholic Sisters Week is for everyone. Every American can be inspired or empowered by Catholic sisters. Our audience spans all ages and creeds, from seniors to Baby Boomers to teens, including Catholic sisters, parishes, colleges, and religious communities. NCSW is also geared to young women who grapple with major life decisions and explore their spirituality; they can draw great strength and wisdom from Catholic sisters.

What is the purpose?
National Catholic Sisters Week is intended to broaden awareness of Catholic sisters, whose lives and ministries often remain behind the scenes. The hope is that those who learn more about women religious will be inspired and compelled to engage in self reflection, service and simple acts of kindness. We also envision an outcome in which more young women consider religious life because they have been exposed to it through a personal relationship.

When did NCSW launch?
National Catholic Sisters Week debuted in March 2014.

How does NCSW relate to National Women’s History Month?
National Catholic Sisters Week is an official component of Women’s History Month. It was authorized by Molly Murphy MacGregor, co-founder of National Women’s History
Project, who was educated and deeply influenced by Catholic sisters. In 1981, Women’s History Month launched as a single week. By 1987, U.S. Congress formally expanded it to the full month of March.

Where is NCSW housed?
The National Catholic Sisters Week team is headquartered at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., the largest college for women in the nation. The private liberal-artsuniversity was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905.

Who’s in charge of NCSW?
The National Catholic Sisters Week team is led by two executive directors, Sister Mary Soher, OP, and Molly Hazelton, who share an office on the campus of St. Catherine University. Their talented staff includes media professionals and student interns. NCSW is supported by a $3.3 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.


Where is NCSW happening?
National Catholic Sisters Week is designed to be celebrated across the country. Check out the NCSW website ( for information and event listings. If an event hasn’t been planned in your community, we encourage you to host one. The website offers an array of ideas to spark your creative juices and resources to help organize and publicize and event.

How can I participate?
Any time you tell the story or share the good work of a Catholic sister – whether through a one-one conversation, a blog post or a tweet – you are participating in NCSW.  Participation is as simple as engaging online with NCSW. Follow our social channels to stay informed. You can also participate by attending an NCSW event or hosting your own, however big or small, in the spirit of celebrating women religious.

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The Mystic as Flame

Bernardo Olivera, speaking of the great 12th-century mystics, uses a dramatic but very beautiful image to describe this journey of the Christian life.
Thus, mysticism is the reality of grace accompanying the whole life of the believer, transforming him or her from dawn into midday and from an individual burning coal into an all-consuming fire.
The Sun at Midnight (Cistercian Publications)
Through the abundant grace of God, may we too be transformed from dimness into an all-consuming flame of love in God.
For more, see "The Mystic as Flame," on Caught Up in God (Cenacle Journal).

Fire photo with fractal by Rose Hoover, rc

(Fractal created in Apophysis)
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