Sometimes dialog is about seeking conversations through which to discover common ground with people who are not our accustomed communities. I wrote about that yesterday.
But always we need dialog within the community that is most deeply "ours." Even among those who are our spiritual home, there's diversity of gifts, knowledge, awareness, insight, need, more. There's diversity in how we pray.
The same skill and commitment for dialog is needed here as when we aim to bridge wider chasms, so we don't miss the Spirit's whisper while hearing a louder voice. What I hope for is dialog that is, in itself, prayer as the old catechism defined it: "a lifting of the heart and mind to God" - together. When we do that well, it is grace-full discernment.
May God's living Spirit fill and lift up U.S. Catholic Sisters as they dialog and discern among themselves in preparation for their August Assembly in St. Louis.
We stand in continued solidarity, and we renew our own dialog and discernment within the communities in which we find our truest identities (aware of but not limited to Cardinal Levada's emphasis on doctrinal "product identity").