Joan Chittister on the future of Religious Life

Joan Chittister on the future of Religious Life

In 1996 Erie Benedictine Joan Chittister wrote the book, The Fire in These Ashes, an exploration of the spirituality of contemporary religious life. In a new interview with Leadership Conference of Women Religious communications director Annmarie Sanders, IHM, Sister Joan reflects on religious life 25 years later. She says, "We have to remember that we are here to do charity, but religious life has to do with something beyond charity. We have to keep asking: Whose life are you living besides your own? That is a big question and we have an obligation to live in such a way that it affects a life beyond our own. You can call that politics, but I call it the Gospel." PDF file posted with permission; subscribe here to LCWR Occasional Papers.
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