There are some new developments in the fight to abolish the death penalty. A bill to do so has passed both houses in Illinois and has been sent to the Governor for his signature.
The snows of January seem a good time to share reflections occasioned by being snow bound, preparing for a mission presentation at Notre Dame Bishop Gibbons School in Schenectady; setting up next steps in the CND Peace Project with Rose Mary Sullivan; and, of course watching the world events from Tucson to Egypt. Intriguingly enough, exploring the theme Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons’ faculty (and our own Jeanne Fielder) chose for their retreat day, provided a theme that runs through all of the events described above. The theme was hospitality - St. Marguerite must have loved it. (by the way, I did not get to Schenectady, but through virtual reality Jeanne and I were able to collaborate.)
Congratulations to Marie Azzarello, CND: It seemed the stars were clapping and the Universe rejoicing with the overflowing energy and joy shared among the many, many friends, colleagues and CNDs gathered to launch and celebrate the gift that "Mary and the Maternal Face of God" is and will be for our church and world.
We rejoice with Marie, and thank her not only for inviting us to reimagine ourselves as church, but for gifting us with a valuable tool for the process.