An Open Letter to U.S. Catholics – Leadership Conference of Women Religious
In the spirit of Jubilee, women religious of the Leadership Conference have committed themselves to a year of contemplation and fasting for the healing of broken relationships within our church and society. Shaped by Jubilee reflections, we see more clearly, feel the pain more acutely, and hear more sharply the cries of the poor, of creation, and of the oppressed.An Open Letter to U.S. Catholics
LCWR Calls for National Days of Contemplation and Fasting
We are deeply aware that purely rational, theological or political approaches have failed to address the personal and structural causes of injustice within the church community and within our society. We choose to enter into the sacred space of contemplation to allow God’s creativity to touch our hearts and our imaginations with intuitive, symbolic responses of loving action. We believe that in the contemplative silence we will be surprised and experience transformation. We believe in the power of prayer to free us to envision new ways of being and acting as church and as members of an earth community.
We pledge ourselves to participate in this year of contemplation by ensuring that every day of 2001, a religious congregation of women is holding our church and our world in contemplative space. We believe that this sustained prayer and fasting witnesses to our belief that God working among us can do more than we could ever ask or imagine.
In this belief and spirit, we invite all our Catholic sisters and brothers to join with us throughout the year but especially on two national days of contemplation and fasting: Friday, March 2, and Friday, December 7, 2001.
Our hope is that many lay women and men, parents and children, religious, priests and bishops, diocesan and parish leaders, and all who share our concerns will join with us. Together let us enter into contemplation, to let God be God in our lives so that we might envision anew how to restore right relationships among ourselves and all creation.