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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

As a dear longs for flowing streams,

                        As a deer longs for flowing streams,
                               so longs my soul for You, O Beloved.
                               My soul thirsts for the Beloved, 
                               for the Living Water.
                                                                                          Psalm 42 by Nan Merrill

Let us all thirst for God as we prepare this month for Pentecost. The Presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives is a precious gift that we desire with intensity.

As you know, I am one who is not too happy with the way the Vatican seems to want to reform the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. The press seems full of this topic now and I think there is nothing that is going to help. On the other hand, it is good to read tributes to the work of Religious and here is another one from Jim Wallis that I think says a great deal:

"The sisters may be the most positive face of the Catholic Church today, and they are keeping people in the Church who would have given up on the all-male hierarchy long ago. These women are often the ones at the core of Jesus' ministry, building relationships with the poor and vulnerable, and most concretely offering the love of God. If you had a referendum on who the best faith and moral teachers are in many local communities and parishes around the country, it would likely be the women who are now under attack. That is the sad situation here and the serious mistake being made by the Vatican.
Over the years, I‘ve seen how Catholic women formed the heart of Christian ministry around the country in schools, hospitals, prisons, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, women’s clinics, and children’s programs—often in the worst urban neighborhoods and rural poverty areas. They were among the most faithful in peace marches and non-violent protest of our nation’s endless wars. They were the ones who went to the ends of the earth to be with the most forgotten people on God’s planet.

This testimony is from a non-Catholic! 
Come, Holy Spirit, and renew the face of the earth!

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