For many of us, the LCWR response to the visitations and assessment was our first experience of Contemplative Leadership. It came as a radical upheaval, yet something to be returned to, over and over, for understanding. Did we even imagine it was possible as a response to power or injustice?
Continuing our education, we learned that Contemplative Dialogue is praxis in your communities. Surely few if any of us have seen this in our local governments; neighborhoods; workplaces; families. When faced with differences or impasse, would it ever have occurred to us?
Fifty years into renewal, your lived model and witness is a precious, utterly unique gift from American women religious to the world: to present and future generations.
May it flow forth from Eden to water the garden (Gen 2:10); may it roll on, like mighty waters (Amos 5:24).
And may you be warmly, deeply, richly blessed for all the good you do. A star shines on the hour of our meeting.
From my heart to yours,
P.S. Lay folk reading this: Please (1) open your wallets and checkbooks, and revise your wills -- these good women are hurting; (2) pick up a pen and share your gratitude and love; (3) ask them how you can help; (4) be attentive to vocations. Why do these things? Dignum et iustam est. [It is right and just.]