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2020 Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners Appeal

Dear friends,

This, I hope, will be one of the stranger appeal letters you get from me. 

I realize that the word on the streets is that nothing will ever be the same after the pandemic. And I suppose, at one level, that's true. But at another level it's not.

There will always be prisons, I'm sure. But, God willing, not prisons like these that are developing now. The overcrowding—the lack of any kind of controlled personal space, let alone “social distancing”—is totally out of control. 

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2021 Calendar Now Available

The Joan Chittister Calendar is always more than a simple date tracker or beautiful wall art. But for 2021 it's even more. Click here for more information and to order yours.

Five Minutes with Joan Chittister

Five Minutes With Joan Chittister

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Two Dogs and a Parrot

Oct 19, 2020

Confucius may have said it best: “Everything has beauty,” he taught, “but not everyone sees it.” Seeing it, the spiritual person knows, is the task of a lifetime. It is also the reward of a lifetime well-lived, lived in balance, lived from the inside out as well as from the outside in.
 
Unfortunately, this culture does not teach beauty in its schools nor require it in its programs. Most of all, it does not prescribe it for its healing value. The value of beauty in shaping the soul, let alone in curing the ills that a lack of beauty brings on, we ignore.
 

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What's New

  • 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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