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Resist Hopelessness with the Force of Love, by Susan Francois, CSJP

Our Congregation’s spirituality has been rooted in a shared desire for peace from our founding. They worked directly with the poor and in their own homes and met the needs of their day, providing education, health care, and social services. They resisted the hopelessness in their midst through the force of love, as did the women and lay collaborators who followed in their footsteps. People of peace can draw comfort (and challenge) from the fact that followers of Jesus have been resisting the evils and social sins of their day ever since he preached his blessings to peacemakers.We too must choose the force of love.

Frank Speak: Now Is the Time by Frank McCann, CSJP-A

In scripture a Kairos time means an appointed time, an opportune moment, or a due season. Be prepared for God to act! I believe that after the most recent school shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida we are presented with a Kairos moment to affect real change in the ways guns are sold, carried and used in this country.

Creativity is God's Language by Katrina Alton, CSJP

Under the umbrella of Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT), for seven days prior to the arms fair commencing, activists used every nonviolent and creative means possible to stop the Defence & Security Equiment International (DSEI) taking place. One such day was led by No Faith In War, a coalition of faith groups. With three times the number of people involved than in previous years, and over 100 arrests, I wondered why Christian activists, especially women, felt called to give their time, energy, creativity, and in some cases their liberty? How did their faith inform their actions? What follows is just a taste of the words and images so generously shared with me.

Peace Ministries by Kate Chambers, CSJP-A

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace first rooted hope when they began establishing their ministries in New Jersey in 1885. Their compassionate care of and voice for women and children on the margins of society, offered in Jesus’ name, was the visible expression of their desire to promote gospel peace. Collaborating with others who shared their dream for peace through justice, they established and sponsored St. Joseph’s School for the Blind, Holy Name Medical Center, Peace Care St. Ann’s, Peace Care St. Joseph’s, York Street Project, and WATERSPIRIT.

Sunday Family Dinner by Susan Dewitt, CSJP

A few weeks ago I sat down at a table with speakers of American Sign Language, Salvadoran Sign Language, Spanish and English, with children, parents, seniors, all of us helping the conversation bounce around the table while we ate delicious food from many kitchens, laughed, and enjoyed being part of the community at Sunday Family Dinner.

A Field of Future Buddahs Waiting to Bloom - by John Daimõku Kingham

It began in one of the most inhospitable places on earth. I was feeding lunch inside the Hardee Correctional Institution Close Management (CM) cellblock where I had been assigned to live for an indefinite term for possession of weapons, along with 224 others deemed too violent or mentally unstable for Open Population. The June heat raised the level of frustration while the humidity ensured long sweaty days inside the 7’x10’ concrete boxes.

Sent to Find God among Her People - by Sheena George, CSJP

In April 2016, when I was sharing with one of my good friends that I might accept an invitation to volunteer at the Calais Refugee camp, she asked me, “Why? Why do you want to do this?” While on my retreat, I kept returning to my friend’s question. I thought about my journey to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. I have never regretted saying yes to God’s call; I have never questioned my decision to commit myself to Jesus’s call to radical hospitality. A sense of great peace came over me once I realized that my decision to go to Calais was no different. I needed to get involved, to enter into this human suffering and, in whatever way I could, alleviate it. Above all, I felt deep within me a call from our founder Mother Clare to be brave, to be one of the noble, large-minded courageous souls for God and God’s people. Without any more hesitation, I resolved to commit myself to going to Calais.

The Root is Love - by Susan Francois, CSJP

Hospitality is at the core of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Our founder, Mother Francis Clare (Margaret Anna Cusack) understood this well, writing “it did matter to me a great deal in view of our common humanity, and in view of my love of the poor, that I should do all I could for those whom He had loved so well.” She knew that we are called to make room for God’s love, God’s people, God’s creation in our hearts and in our very actions, and so inspired by the Spirit, she took the risk to found our community.

A Note of Gratitude for Brian Doyle

On May 27 of this year, the writer Brian Doyle passed away at age 60 from complications due to a
brain tumor. Brian Doyle was one of those rare people who are open and honest, genuine and true, a student and teacher both. He was a lover of nature and stories, which he considered prayers. His writing could move you to tears of laughter and sorrow in one sitting. After he was diagnosed, he asked…

From Hope to Faith to Trust by Ann Crawley, CSJP

I am fortunate to come from a family of twelve and was blessed to grow up in Dublin surrounded by lots of good friends and neighbors. We lived as one big happy family, and no one ever seemed to move house. We never locked our door. We played together, prayed together and often ate in each other’s homes. All were welcome. Our Haitian brothers and sisters have similar respect for the poor and the outcast. They welcome everyone they meet with their most common verbal greeting: “Bonjou, Kouman ou ye?” “Good day, how are you?”

"We are consciously choosing to shape the future rather than allowing the future to shape us."

Sheila Lemieux, CSJP