Healing the Nation’s Heart

By Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC

On the day of our Presidential Election hangover, as we ponder what the results mean for our country’s future, I direct you to writer and sociologist Parker Palmer’s “Five Habits to Heal the Heart of Democracy.”

In order for American politics to become healthy, we must return to the first home of democracy, the human heart, he writes.

“The heart is where we integrate what we know in our minds with what we know in our bones, the place where our knowledge can become more fully human.”

His five habits for healing the heart of democracy are:

A Syrian Child Cries While We Pick a President

Posted by Talbiseh Media Center
Posted by Talbiseh Media Center

By Sister Krystal Funk, ASC

Like thousands of people around the world, I viewed with deep sadness a video of a terrified and bloodied Syrian girl screaming for her father after a rocket attack on their town, Talbiseh, caused the ceiling of their house to collapse.

Her cries found their way into my soul, the center space in my heart. I teared up.

Photo by photographer and media activist Mahmoud Raslan
Photo by photographer and media activist Mahmoud Raslan

The look in her eyes seems to speak of the same tragedy as that of the boy,

Happy Election Year: How to Let Go of Being Right

By Sister Diana Rawlings, ASC

Do you have a tendency to think you’re always right? Do you feel the need to be right?

Writer/thinker/teacher/priest Richard Rohr says our brains are wired for it, to see the world as choices between right and wrong, good and bad, yes and no. He calls it “dualistic thinking,” which starts with our ego, our need to win, to be on top, to be superior to another person’s inferiority.

Our challenge in 2016 is to change that thinking, to let go of the ego and the need to be “right,” to acknowledge we are one with each other.