Last weekend Dominican Sisters from all over the U.S. came together in Chicago to listen deeply to one another and to talks – by Judi Neal (http://www.edgewalkers.org) and by Timothy Radcliffe, former Master of the Order (1992-2001). Unfortunately, at the last minute Timothy could not make the trip from England, so his paper was delivered by magnificently as only Ann Willits, O.P. (Sinsinawa) could do it! And we went on from there.
What became clear is that religious have dedicated their lives to making the poor, the marginalized, the voiceless and the invisible better known to the rest of the world! Why? It’s what the Gospel calls us to do – to walk on the edges, where we can be free.
“Why aren’t you in the classroom, like you used to be?” “Why aren’t you teaching our children?” Why? Because that was then and this is now. It’s a new day! And one of the things we are learning is that many of those skills, honed in classrooms, along with an awareness of those who struggle, those we have prayed for and are in solidarity with, depend on us to not only TELL their story but to live it with them.
What stories do you hear? Whose stories do you tell?
Ruth Poochigian, O.P.