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JOAN CHITTISTER

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Explore what makes her a beloved and best-selling author, a soul-stirring speaker, and a gifted spiritual guide.

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Taking stock of our lives

Feb 22, 2021

Once upon a time, an ancient story tells us, the master had a visitor who came to inquire about Zen. But instead of listening, the visitor kept talking about his own concerns and giving his own thoughts. After a while, the master served tea. He poured tea into his visitor’s cup until it was full and then he kept on pouring.
 
Finally, the visitor could not bear it any longer, “Don’t you see that my cup is full?” he said. “It’s not possible to get anymore in.”
 

The Rule of Benedict: Spirituality for the 21st Century

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  • January 18, 2021

    Ahead of the inauguration Wednesday, Sister Joan and a few others were interviewed by Global Sisters Report. They want policies more in line with Catholic social teaching; yet all of them came back to the issue of character.

  • January 11, 2021

  • Joan Chittister’s talk on prophetic spirituality presented online to over 600 women and men serving with the Ignatian Volunteer Corp is now available.

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About Joan

An outspoken advocate of justice, peace and equality

Joan Chittister, a Benedictine Sister of Erie, has dedicated her life to voicing questions that test popularly accepted truths of the day. Her questions to both church and society focus on the empowerment of women, the development of contemporary spirituality, a redefinition and renewal of Benedictine life for seekers today, and justice for the oppressed and marginalized, particularly those in prison. Here are four Good Works that reflect her life commitments:

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