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Journey into Mercy with Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister Journey into Mercy
In calling for a Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2016, Pope Francis ignited in all people of good will a choice to act godlike. He invited people of faith to be witnesses of compassion, finding "the joy to rediscover and render fruitful the mercy of God, with which we are all called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time.”

But how do you develop a merciful heart? “You become a merciful person by practicing acts of mercy,” explains Joan Chittister. In her new e-course, “Journey into Mercy," she provides a daily inspiration that encourages you to stretch for new ways of acting mercifully.

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Wonder
is God’s way
of getting
our attention.
—Joan Chittister

  • From the Archives: Sister Joan visits the 2010 LCWR exhibit "Women of Spirit"

    From the Archives: Sister Joan visits the 2010 LCWR exhibit "Women of Spirit"

  • From the Archives: Joan Chittister and Bono share a laugh

    From the Archives: Joan Chittister and Bono share a laugh

  • From the Archives: Sister Joan participates in the 2004 Pan Asian UN Youth Leadership Conference in Hiroshima

    From the Archives: Sister Joan participates in the 2004 Pan Asian UN Youth Leadership Conference in Hiroshima

  • From the Archives: Sister Joan gathers with indigenous women in Chiapas, Mexico in 1998

    From the Archives: Sister Joan gathers with indigenous women in Chiapas, Mexico in 1998

Joan Chittister is an outspoken advocate of justice, peace and equality — especially for women world-wide — and has been one of America’s visionary spiritual voices for more than 30 years.

On this website you can explore what makes her a beloved and best-selling author, a soul-stirring speaker, and a gifted spiritual guide.

As a Benedictine Sister of Erie, Pennsylvania, Joan Chittister has focused her life’s work on 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:

What's New

Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us About Life by Joan Chittister
New Book Reviews

Short reviews of Two Dogs and a Parrot by Joan Chittister appeared in the lasted editions of Catholic Library World and Notre Dame Magazine. “The introduction and afterword discuss God and religious themes beautifully….It’s a book of life lessons, sometimes funny and sometimes painful…One chapter would be a great discussion starter for a prayer group or small group gathering,” writes Tamara A. Conley in Catholic Library World. And click here to read this one that appeared in a personal blog.

Passion For Life: Fragments of the Face of God by Joan Chittister
Parabola Article

An article, “Dorothy Day” by Joan Chittister, appears in the Spring 2016 issue of Parabola. The intro to the article reads: “During his speech to Congress on September 24, 2015, Pope Francis singled out four great Americans: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day. The woman is the group is the least known and celebrated; here is what a prominent nun and writer has to say about her.” The issue was devoted to The Divine Feminine and Sister Joan’s piece was excerpted from A Passion for Life: Fragments of the Face of God (Devotional edition, 2013, Orbis Books)

Tulip Tour sponsored by Educational Opportunities Tours
From the Cruise

“The themes presented in Scarred by Struggle seemed particularly important to this group,” explained Joan Chittster upon her return from the river cruise tour she led through Holland and Belgium from April 8-16. “People cried, talked to me about their own sufferings and stopped me often to say thanks. It was very touching….” More than 100 people went on the cruise sponsored by Educational Opportunities Tours.


Joan Chittister Newsletters

A Word from Joan

No holding back
Apr 25, 2016
Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us About Life by Joan Chittister

Every bird owner has a decision to make: Shall this bird have her wings clipped or shall she be flighted? It’s not an easy decision. A flighted bird in a room with a ceiling fan is in grave danger. A flighted bird can land on a hot stovetop or in swirling toilet bowls. They can slip out slow-closing screen doors in minutes. So that’s why Lady’s (Sister Joan’s parrot) wings are clipped. She has done all of it, including the toilet bowl.

Spirituality Resources

Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us About Life
Joan Chittister: Two Dogs and a Parrot

Whether we have an animal companion, long to have a pet or love someone who does, or cherish animals and nature, Two Dogs and a Parrot will speak to us all. It illuminates the significance of sharing our lives with a pet and celebrates the great gift of animals in our world. See the video of Joan and her standoff with pet bird, Lady.

Here's an invitation for you: Sister Joan has created a special “Two Dogs and a Parrot” and wants you to post a picture of your pet (or you and your pet!) and tell us what your pet has taught you. Click here to see the gallery and share your picture and memory.

The Monastic Way 2016...
The Monastic Way 2016 by Joan Chittister

pairs Joan Chittister with some of history's great figures— lay and religious, male and female, Christian and non-Christian — who have stretched the very soul of humanity. Each month you can meet one of them in a vibrant and stunning monthly publication that will stretch your soul, too. Let heroes such as Gandhi, Teresa of Avila, Etty Hillesum, Rumi, accompany you through the year. Artist Marcy Hall contributes to this masterpiece that will inspire you all year.

The Monastic Way
The Monastic Way

The Monastic Way in 2015 is best-selling author Joan Chittister's strikingly beautiful monthly subscription publication. Available as a mailed print subscription or online.

Benetvision STORE

One of the many ways Benetvision pursues its mission as a research and resource center for contemporary spirituality is through a store where Joan Chittister’s books, newsletters, and recorded teachings are available for sale. When you buy from the Benetvision store, the proceeds help support the work of Sister Joan and her Benedictine community.