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A Movement of the Rejected

Solidarity A Movement of the Rejected Friday, May 29, 2020 A powerful example of these five conversions at work is The Poor People’s Campaign, which was revived in 2018 by the Rev. Dr. William Barber II and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. [1] Their work with and for the poor of the United States through… Continue Reading A Movement of the Rejected

The Fifth Conversion

Solidarity The Fifth Conversion Thursday, May 28, 2020 The Fifth Conversion to solidarity is a choice to walk with the poor and oppressed, to be taught by them, and to love them as equals, each of us bearing the Divine Indwelling Spirit within. Although he was raised Roman Catholic and worked with many religious organizations, Paulo Freire rarely used religious language or metaphors to make his… Continue Reading The Fifth Conversion

The Third and Fourth Conversions

Solidarity The Third and Fourth Conversions Wednesday, May 27, 2020 We continue our conversions to greater solidarity with the marginalized. The Third Conversion is when we idealize some of the virtues of the poor that we ourselves do not have. When the lens is cleared by our initial awakening to injustice, it is much easier… Continue Reading The Third and Fourth Conversions

The Second Conversion

Solidarity The Second Conversion Tuesday, May 26, 2020 If the first conversion to solidarity is to befriend or experience compassion for the poor, the Second Conversion to solidarity is anger at the unjust situation that caused their poverty. Many people never reach this stage of anger at injustice, especially in the United States. Our cultural… Continue Reading The Second Conversion

The Five Conversions

Solidarity The Five Conversions Monday, May 25, 2020 If one of the primary markers of a Christian life is solidarity as modeled by Jesus, I am afraid that most of us still have a long way to go. It’s one of the reasons I say that Christianity is still in its infancy. We are just… Continue Reading The Five Conversions

Invitation to Solidarity

Solidarity Invitation to Solidarity Sunday, May 24, 2020 Throughout human history, countless people have been poor, vulnerable, or oppressed in some way. Those holding positions of authority within systems of power secure their own privilege, comfort, and wealth—almost always at the expense of those most on the margins. Much of history has been recorded to… Continue Reading Invitation to Solidarity

The Possibility of Restraint

Franciscan Ecological Wisdom The Possibility of Restraint Friday, May 22, 2020 Francis rejoices in all the works of the Lord’s hands, and through their delightful display he gazes on their life-giving reason and cause. In beautiful things he discerns Beauty itself; all good things cry out to him: “The One who made us is the… Continue Reading The Possibility of Restraint

Praying in Our Time

Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross Praying in Our Time Sunday, April 19, 2020 As of today, like many of you, I have been in self-isolation for several weeks. Honestly, it is a bit like when I sometimes go on a hermitage during Lent; except now, of course, my prayers are with the… Continue Reading Praying in Our Time

Hope and Suffering

The Universal Pattern Hope and Suffering Friday, April 17, 2020 When we try to live in solidarity with the pain of the world—and do not spend our lives running from it—we will encounter various forms of “crucifixion.” Pain is physical or emotional discomfort, but suffering often comes from our resistance to that pain. The soul… Continue Reading Hope and Suffering

Suffering in Solidarity

The Path of Descent Suffering in Solidarity
 Sunday, March 22, 2020 I am not alone in my tiredness or sickness or fears, but at one with millions of others from many centuries, and it is all part of life. —Etty Hillesum [1] The “cross,” rightly understood, always reveals various kinds of resurrection. It’s as if God were holding… Continue Reading Suffering in Solidarity

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