by Sr Tamsin Mary Geach o.p.
In a video by Bishop Barron he says that surveys of people outside the Church show them as seeing the Church’s teaching on sexuality as unrealistic, exclusive and cruel. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuYzb4Li9iY , about at the 1 minute mark.) Others identify Church teaching as an unwarranted intrusion by clerics, who by definition are male, and by vocation usually single and celibate, into other people’s private lives, laying burdens on people which they do not lift a finger to help with. The Church’s teaching on abortion was denigrated by a religious sister in the USA as being too narrow in its scope: "I do not believe that just because you are opposed to
by Sr. Pauline Burling o.p.
A talk given at the Women's Day of recollection, Lent 2022
It seems fitting that on the Eve of Palm Sunday we are going up to Jerusalem and thereby follow the Prophet Isaiah’s invitation:
“Come, let us go up the mountain of the Lord to the House of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.For out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.’ [Isaiah 2:3]
Be friends with one another, and kind, forgiving each other as readily as God forgave you in Christ. Try to imitate God as children of his that he loves and follow Christ loving as he loved you, giving himself up in our place as a fragrant offering and a sacrifice to God. Ephesians 4:32-5:2
by Sr Ann Catherine Swailes o.p.
[The sisters of St. Catherine's Convent, Cambridge are giving a reflection each week at Vespers on Wednesdays in Lent. This week SrAnn Catherine reflects on kindness]
And so, here we are again in Passiontide, and as we enter this chapel, it looks different, with statues and images clothed once more in the familiar unfamiliarity of their seasonal amorphous purple. The obscuring of these obvious visual focal points at this point in the Church’s calendar, perhaps parallels for some of us at least, a kind of absence of spiritual bearings, a sense of place giving way to dis-location; perhaps tired from our efforts to do Lent well, or at a loss to know how to get back on track towards the end of a Lent that seems to have somehow passed us by this year, perhaps simply stunned by the pain of the world around us, knowing that we ought to be able to make a connection between what we consume obsessively, or turn away from queasily, in our newsfeeds, and the events we will be reflecting on in the coming days, but too overwhelmed by anger, or sorrow, or doubt, to trust ourselves to do so. In whatever state of fatigue, or anxiety, or confusion we stand at the door of the coming Holy Week, we lift the eyes of