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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.”
 

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  • "From where I stand, it seems to me that we have to reboot the nature of the country that we are. And to do that, we may need to do a bit of weeping,” writes Joan Chittister in her latest column for the National Catholic Reporter.

  • “Land of the free, home of the self-centered” is the title of Joan Chittister’s latest NCR online column. What's an inalienable right? What is our responsibility? Where do the common good, and freedom intersect?

  • In her latest column in the National Catholic Reporter, Joan Chittister asks: "Since honesty as a prerequisite of character has apparently ceased to be an issue for the electorate at large, have we, as a moral nation, already collapsed?

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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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