Why One Catholic Women Religious Community’s Resource includes Chapter from Rolheiser

Paul Keggington

September 04, 2010

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are currently reading “Chapter 8: A Spirituality of Justice and Peacemaking” from Father Ronald Rolheiser’s The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality (1999) for their monthly community discussion.

Franciscan Sisters Community Discussion Resource

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity 2010-2011 Community Discussion Resource book includes a chapter from Fr. Ronald Rolheiser's 'Holy Longing'.

Why is this particular book’s chapter selected to be part of the Community’s resource book for use in monthly discussions? Why not Caritas in Veritate?

While this latest encyclical is also part of our personal reading and reflection, a group of our Sisters (Sister Carmen Marie Diaz, OSF, Sister Camilla Wolfgram, OSF, Sister Carol Seidl, OSF, Sister Elena Gonzales, OSF, Sister Kathryn Klackner, OSF, Sister Marcolette Madden, OSF) chose this Rolheiser chapter because it also speaks to our 2010-2011 goal as a community:

Guided by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, we, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, strive to…

  • pray
  • educate ourselves and others
  • evaluate our lifestyle
  • act in a manner that reflects Jesus’ love and humility
  • advocate for real change

…in all matters of social justice.

Our local communities promise to share insights gained by reading the previously mentioned sources and others, as well as applying important truths to our consecrated lives as vowed Franciscan religious. Please feel free to join us in sharing your reflections.

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