Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Blooms in the Desert

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Blooms in the Desert

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One way that NCR has been marking its 50th anniversary this year is with a series of reader profiles by Julie Gunter. (See Page 8.) I hope you've been following them; I have found them delightful and challenging. Delightful because each of them inspires me with hope. Challenging because such striking testimonials remind me of the legacy we must continue in the NCR of today and tomorrow. I mean, Elaine and Dan Bassano have been subscribing since 1967. I don't want to disappoint them now.

If you've been reading Gunter's profiles, you'll also recognize the patience and tenacity our longtime readers display. It's the same kind of tenacity and patience Mercy Sr. Theresa Kane has shown over the years, and with which she is inspiring a new generation (Page 22). Kane tells Kate Stoltzfus a hope-filled story, hope that has grown because of Kane's 40 years of faithfulness. She described herself to Stoltzfus as "a voice in the desert," but it is a voice that is causing the desert to bloom.

And if you need another sign of blooms in the desert, look no further than Claire Schaeffer-Duffy's story (Page 8) about Bishop John Ricard commending women who've stood in two Washington, D.C., parish churches for 20 years, calling the church out on gender justice. Those of you who have stood long, lonely vigils outside gates of Army posts or nuclear weapons facilities, who have held signs outside churches in support of women's ordination or against clergy sex abuse, you can imagine the women's surprise that morning in May I bet more than one woman poked the sister standing beside her and said, "Is he talking to us? …

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