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Catholic Women Preach offers the theologically informed perspectives of Catholic women on the Sunday readings readings and on some feast days. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org to view preaching videos, to read preaching texts, and to learn more about the preachers.
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Jeannine Gramick, SL Preaches for the First Sunday of Advent, offering a reflection on where she finds hope -- particularly for the global LGBT community -- this advent:"But isn’t Advent a season of hope? Do I find hope despite this kind of discrimination against LGBT people in Poland and other parts of the world? Yes, I really DO have hope. Many things give me hope for a future of peace, justice, and mercy, but I’ll mention only three..."Jeannine Gramick is a Sister of Loretto, born and raised in Philadelphia, where she was educated in the Catholic school system, where she felt her call to religious life, and where, almost 50 years ago, she began a ministry to lesbian and gay people, which has transformed the Catholic Church in the United States and beyond. In 1977, along with Father Robert Nugent, she established New Ways Ministry, an international Catholic ministry of justice and reconciliation for the LGBT community and the Catholic Church.Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/12012019 to learn more about Jeannine Gramick, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
Preaching for the Solemnity of Christ the King, Julia Walsh, FSPA offers a reflection on what it takes to see and live in the Kingdom of God here and now:"The criminal next to Christ shows us how the reign of God can be known and experienced if our gaze is totally on Christ, on the power of God--and not on one’s self.  From a cross, the criminal gained a new perspective and was able to see the truth. He was free to be authentic, to see the big picture, to know the love of God. Following the criminal’s example, let us also see the kingdom of God around us and live like the saints we were made to be!"Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/11242019 to learn about Julia Walsh, FSPA, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
On the thirtieth anniversary of the martydom of six Jesuits, their cook, and her 15-year-old daughter in El Salvador, Katie Lacz preaches for the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection on unreasonable hope:"The deaths of martyrs can feel like total loss. Like victories for the powers that be. A reminder of our insignificance in the face of the wars, insurrection, earthquakes, famine, and plagues that Jesus names in the Gospel today. But we are a people of unreasonable hope. Hope that in the final say, the evildoers will be stubble and God’s love will heal like the rays of the sun, as the prophet Malachi writes. Hope that, as the second reading reminds us, how we are in community matters and reflects who we are as Christians. Hope that beyond the violence and chaos in this world – even peeking through it, if you look hard enough – is the reign of God, the upside-down reign where the last are first, the lowly are lifted up, the hungry are fed, and all people are revealed in their fullness as beloved children of God."Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/11172019 to learn more about Katie, to read her preaching text or see her video, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
Preaching for the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Elizabeth O'Donnell Gandolfo offers a reflection on resisting Empire in our own time and place:"We debase our God-given dignity by giving in to the demands of Empire. And we are therefore faced with the task of ejecting and rejecting that pork, of undoing all that which binds us to the ways and means of Empire and severs us from covenant with the divine, with creation, and with our fellow human beings."Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/11102019 to learn about Elizabeth O'Donnell Gandolfo, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
Preaching for the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Yvonne Prowse offers a reflection on living as God's beloved:"As we grapple with climate change, as we look to the struggles throughout our world, as we hear of further violence in our schools and city streets, and carry many other concerns in society and in our personal lives, there is a great deal of anxiety and fear. And there are people, like Zacchaeus, and systems – social, political, cultural systems – that cause or perpetuate violence and suffering, and instill fear, anxiety, resentment, self-defensiveness, and more. And when we’re acting out of those fears, etc, we’re not living as the beloved of God. "Yvonne Prowse, M.A. is a spiritual director at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. She chairs/co-chairs their training programs in spiritual direction; teaches many aspects of spiritual direction and Ignatian spirituality; and supervises other spiritual directors.Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/11032019 to learn more about Yvonne, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
Preaching for All Saints Day, Jessie Bazan offers a reflection which illuminates the Beatitudes today:"Holy people, past and present, bear witness to what WILL happen by living fully into what IS happening."Jessie Bazan is a theologian and writer. She edited and co-authored the book, Dear Joan Chittister: Conversations with Women in the Church, released in September 2019 with Twenty-Third Publications. Jessie also serves as the program associate for the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/11012019 to learn more about Jessie, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
Preaching for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Verónica Rayas offers a reflection on how God responds to the cries of the poor:"Through our hands and feet, the steadfast mercy, love, and justice of God is experienced by those most in need today. Isn’t that amazing! God invites us to incarnate that love, mercy, and justice in the world."Verónica Rayas, Ph.D., is the director of the Office of Religious Education in the Diocese of El Paso. She holds a Ph.D. from Fordham University in religious education.Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/10272019 to learn more about Verónica, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
Preaching for the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time -- World Mission Sunday -- Margaret Eletta Guider, OSF offers a reflection that brings World Mission Sunday; the witness of Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN; the Synod on the Pan Amazon Region; and today's readings into conversation: "They  invite us to do more than see and judge; they require us to act, to make connections and to put into practice what we say we believe..."Margaret Eletta Guider, OSF, is Associate Professor of Missiology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and department chair of the Ecclesiastical Faculty.Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/10202019 to learn more about Margaret Guider, OSF, to view her video or to read her preaching text and for more preaching from Catholic women.
Preaching for the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Shawnee M. Daniels-Skykes offers a reflection on the sanctity of all bodies:"For there is no difference between Jews and Samaritans, disabilities and abilities, men, women, and children, black, brown, and white bodies. Yes, we are all one in Christ Jesus."Shawnee M. Daniels Sykes, PhD is currently a Professor of Theology and Ethics at Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A Registered Nurse by training, Dr. Daniels Sykes received her doctorate from Marquette University in Religious Studies with a specialization in Theological Ethics and a sub-specialization in Bioethics. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/10132019 to learn more about Shawnee, read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
Preaching for the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Maryknoll Sister Sia Nyasari Temu offers a reflection on the power of faith: "Jesus told his disciples if they had faith 'the size of a mustard seed' they could command a mulberry tree to be uprooted and moved to the sea. This is an image Jesus is using to illustrate the power of faith, no matter how small that faith is. He is aware that it is when we believe in something that we are able to realize it. Indeed, Jesus is not talking of a magic way of doing things, rather it is the role faith plays in realizing our vision, dreams, and desires."Sister Sia Nyasari Temu entered the Maryknoll Sisters in 2003. In 2006, she was assigned to the Peace Building Team in Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya. The focus of this team’s ministry is “Conversations for Social Change,” a program designed to prototype a process to effect social change through personal transformation.Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/10062019 to learn more about Sia, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women. 
Preaching for the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Joan Rosenhauer offers a reflection on responding to the enormity of the need around us: "Even though we know that we can’t all do everything, and we can’t all do the same thing, every one of us can – and must – do something. Christ’s teachings tell us clearly that we all need to identify the 'somethings' we can do to help the Lazaruses in our world."Joan Rosenhauer is the Executive Director of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. In this role, she leads the organization’s efforts in the U.S. to fulfill its mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for refugees and displaced people. As a member of JRS’s global Senior Leadership Team, she also helps lead JRS’s global operations.  Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/09292019 to learn more about Joan, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
Preaching for the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Marisa Vertrees offers a reflection on living the value of Sabbath:"When we focus too much on consumption and material wealth, we harm ourselves, we harm others, and we harm creation. We focus on the wrong things, letting it pull us away from our relationship with God, and forgetting to step back and set aside time for prayer and for God."Marisa Vertrees was the Organizing Director at the Global Catholic Climate Movement, an organization with volunteer leaders and member organizations in 92 countries, dedicated to engaging the Catholic community and grassroots in living out Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si’ and halting global climate change. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/09222019 to learn more about Marisa, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
Preaching for the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy offers a reflection on restorative justice:"The story of the Prodigal Son reminds us that we are all called, in whatever ways reconciliation may be necessary in our lives -- whether we resemble the father, the elder brother, or the prodigal son himself. We are called to take one step, then another, on our journeys to recover what is lost and transform damaged relationships. Reconciling isn’t about forgetting the hurt, it’s about us finding new ways to model God’s boundless mercy."Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy the Executive Director of Catholic Mobilizing Network, a national organization that mobilizes Catholics and all people of goodwill to value life over death, to end the use of the death penalty, to transform the U.S. criminal justice system from punitive to restorative, and to build capacity in U.S. society to engage in restorative practices. She has a Master in Theology degree from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/09152019 to learn more about Krisanne, to view her video or read text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
Preaching for the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Gina Messina offers a reflection on what it means to be "all in" as a disciple of Jesus:"When Jesus says..that we need to be 'all in,' what does this mean? First, I think we need to be honest with ourselves and acknowledge that being 'all in' is rare - it is challenging and a great risk that many of us are not willing to take. That said, what we can do is wake up every morning and acknowledge our position in the world, our abilities to contribute to positive social change, and do our best to make that happen. We are not always going to be successful; but it is our intention that matters." Gina Messina is a feminist scholar, Catholic theologian, and activist. Her research and writing gives particular attention to the intersection of gender, religion, and politics. Messina is currently Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio where she formerly served as Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/09082019 to learn more about Gina, to view her video or read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
Preaching for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Marie Anne Mayeski offers a reflection on humility:"If we are to be humble after the pattern of Jesus, then, like Him, we must lay aside the garments that social status and worldly privilege dress us in and wash the feet of those who are like us, equal to us, made in the image and likeness of God. We must, in short, wash each other's feet."Marie Anne Mayeski received a Ph.D. in Theology from Fordham University and taught for 30 plus years in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Her areas of specialization were New Testament theology, early Christian history and the place and accomplishments of women in Christian history.Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/09012019 to learn more about Marie Anne, to see her video or to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
Preaching for the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary time, Michelle Becka offers a reflection for a community living with disappointed expectations calling us to decisive action"Being a Christian is not simply a state of mind. It requires a decision – how we want to live as Christians...Whatever we are waiting for, will not happen by itself."Michelle Becka is professor of Christian Social Ethics at the Faculty for Theology of Wuerzburg University, Germany. She is member of the editorial board of Concilium, an international journal for theology, and co-editor of the book series “Ethik und Gesellschaft” ("Ethics and Society") and of the journal of the same name. She is also a member of the international planning committee of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church.Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/08252019 to learn more about Michelle, to view her video or read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
Preaching for the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary time, Michelle Becka offers a reflection for a community living with disappointed expectations calling us to decisive action"Being a Christian is not simply a state of mind. It requires a decision – how we want to live as Christians...Whatever we are waiting for, will not happen by itself."Michelle Becka is professor of Christian Social Ethics at the Faculty for Theology of Wuerzburg University, Germany. She is member of the editorial board of Concilium, an international journal for theology, and co-editor of the book series “Ethik und Gesellschaft” ("Ethics and Society") and of the journal of the same name. She is also a member of the international planning committee of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church.Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/08252019 to learn more about Michelle, to view her video, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
Preaching for the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ offers a reflection on the promise of the day as revealed in the readings: "Mary too is caught up in this great process of realizing the effects of the resurrection. It’s not a promise of peace during the course of the process; rather, it’s a promise of tension and struggle. We live in time and we touch eternity. "Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ, was professor of New Testament at Catholic Theological Union at Chicago for 26 years, and is professor emerita from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. She retired in 2009 to become provincial archivist of the Society of the Sacred Heart, United States-Canada Province. She is the author or editor of many books and articles on topics of New Testament and Early Church, and of the early history of the Society of the Sacred Heart.Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/08152019 to learn more about Osiek, to read her view her video and read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
Preaching for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Michelle Pérez offers a reflection on global citizenship in light of gospel values of missionary discipleship and servant leadership:"As I continue to grapple with missionary discipleship and servant leadership in my every day ... I’m going to remember these words, 'and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.'"Michelle Pérez currently serves as the Cultural Commissions Coordinator for the New Jersey De-partment of State and was former Senior Aide to the Governor in the Office of Intergovernmental Af-fairs. She recently completed a Master of Arts at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, concentrating in Post Conflict State Reconstruction and Sustainability and Latin America and the Caribbean. She is an alum of Saint Peter’s University where she pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, as well as secondary fields of study in Anthropology and Philosophy. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/08112019 to learn more about Michelle, to view her video and read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
Preaching for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Meghan Clark offers a reflection on wealth and discipleship:"Luke’s parables about money are ultimately parables about discipleship... The Rich Fool helps us remember that private property is not absolute. The goods of the earth are never really just 'mine' to do with as I please."Meghan J. Clark, Ph.D., is an associate professor of moral theology at St John’s University (NY). She is author of The Vision of Catholic Social Thought: the Virtue of Solidarity and the Praxis of Human Rights (Fortress Press, 2014) and co-editor of Public Theology and the Global Common Good: The Contribution of David Hollenbach (Orbis, 2106), both of which were awarded first place prizes from the Catholic Press Association Book Awards.  Active in public theology, she is a columnist for US Catholic magazine and a contributor to America Magazine and Millennial Journal.Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/08042019 to learn more about Dr. Clark, to read her preaching text, view her video and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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