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JOAN CHITTISTER

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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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  • Joan Chittister will address the over 600 women and men serving with the Ignatian Volunteer Corp (IVC) on prophetic spirituality for our current time and the courage needed for the national challenges we face.

  • In her latest NCR column, “Thanks, President Trump, I Learned a Lot From You,” Joan Chittister writes, “I had a mother who assiduously insisted that there was something to be learned in everything….  That's where I am now.

  • It’s not often that someone reads one of Joan Chittister’s books and is inspired to write one of their own. But that’s what happened to grandmother Dee Lorenz. The very active 87-year-old found herself curtailed by COVID-19 and remembered what she had read in Sister Joan’s book, The Gift of Years. “In it she says that we have an obligation to share what we know,” Lorenz said.

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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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