Coast to Coast: Witnessing to the Sacredness of Human Life
The Sisters of Life are excited to share the charism of Life coast to coast this January! We will be participating in and hosting events in and around Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Los Angeles, including the March for Life, Walk for Life, One Life LA, Students for Life of America National Conference and more. If you live nearby or are planning to be in Washington, D.C., San Francisco or Los Angeles, look for us at these wonderful events!
See our Events Page for more details.
Given: Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum
The Sisters of Life, along with sisters from other religious communities, are planning and coordinating GIVEN: the Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum. This full-scholarship event will inspire, equip and encourage rising Catholic female leaders as they realize the gifts they’ve received and respond with the gift only they can give. Applications are available at GivenForum.org! The deadline for applications is February 2nd.
Sponsored by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) in collaboration with the Hilton Foundation, GIVEN will bring 300 rising leaders, ages 20-30, selected by application, together with Religious and lay leaders from various disciplines for a week-long immersion in faith formation, leadership training and networking next June 7-12, 2016 at the Catholic University of America. Each attendee will be encouraged, invested in and inspired to bring the gifts only they can give back to their home communities.
Speakers include: Helen Alvaré, Sister Prudence Allen, R.S.M, Dr. Carolyn Woo, Anna Halpine, Luanne Zurlo, Laraine Bennett, Dr. Elvira Parravicini, Gloria Purvis, Audrey Assad and more!
The Year of Mercy
Imagine that Pope Francis opened up the Vatican museum and began distributing the priceless artifacts and treasures of the Church to anyone who came to the door of St. Peter’s Basilica. How quickly do you suppose the line would form in Rome? On December 8th, Pope Francis used the keys entrusted to him as the successor of Peter to open the floodgates of Heaven and let the true treasure of the Church, Divine Mercy, overflow.
Since the time of Moses, the Lord asked that a special year of Jubilee be observed every 50 years, when all slaves were released, debts were erased, and inheritances restored. The Church has continued this tradition through the Holy Years, the last of which was held in the year 2000. But this year, Pope Francis has called an extraordinary Jubiliee. The Holy Doors at St. Peter Basicila were opened on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015, and will remain open until the Feast of Christ the King on November 20, 2016. Anyone who passes through these Doors, or other Holy Doors designated in special Churches and Cathedrals in every diocese throughout the world, will receive an extraordinary grace, a special encounter with God’s Mercy.
Mercy is the “the supreme act by which God comes to meet us… the bridge that connects God and man” (Misericordiae Vultus, #2). When we receive mercy, we receive so much more than pardon for our sins. Although Mercy is always available to anyone who asks, the Church is the “trustee and dispenser of God’s mercy” (MV, #11). This Year is the opportune time for those who have been away from the Sacrament of Reconciliation to return, or to approach it more regularly. It is a time to invite others to come with us to the fountain of God’s mercy.
In this Year of Mercy, we are called not only to receive mercy, but to learn how to “be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful” (Lk 6:36), to release from our hearts the resentments and grudges we carry, to take the initiative to heal estrangements among family members or friends. Pope Francis has declared that every single time that we perform one of the the spiritual and corporal acts of mercy this year, we will receive the Indulgence of the Year of Mercy, which we can apply to ourselves or to a soul in need. In this Year of Mercy, let us be full of gratitude for the unmerited, superabundance of God’s love for us, which is revealed to us in the mystery of Divine Mercy.