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JOAN CHITTISTER

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There is more to life than speed

Jan 18, 2021

“O snail,/ climb Mount Fuji/ But slowly, slowly…” the haiku master and lay Buddhist priest Issa writes. 
 
The haiku, in its short, sharp way, makes three points:
 
In the first place, there are great, important things to do in life however small, however frail we feel, however stacked the odds are against us.
 

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Lent 2021 Guide

Lent 2021: To Live Anew

In six brief but powerful reflections on one of the Sunday readings, Sister Joan offers insight into how “living anew” might look in these extraordinary times of pandemic and political upheaval. Click here for more information and to order yours.

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  • An article on Patheos quotes Joan Chittister and draws on the ideas in her 2019 book, The Time Is Now, to determine what Christians should do amid today’s societal unrest. Columnist Tom Rapsas writes, “Imagine for a moment that Jesus was alive and walking the Earth today.

  • Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Joan Chittister on her book, The Time Is Now, is being rebroadcast Easter Sunday morning at 10 a.m. local time on OWN.

  • Joan Chittister’s latest column in the National Catholic Reporter teaches principles from Benedictine spirituality that we need during this time of pandemic. To read the four truths that she deems essential for this time, click here.

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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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