Begin your journey with prayer
IN A YEAR DEDICATED TO MERCY that includes the gathering of the world’s youth in Krakow, Poland, please remember that mercy, like any of God’s calls, begins and ends with prayer. We draw strength from direct communication with God, no matter how faint and tenuous, and from those divine sparks, we are able to go forth and and light the way for others.
Being light to the world is the recurring theme throughout the upcoming 2017 issue of VISION. Each featured article gives us a glimpse of the unique ways Christians, particularly those who choose religious life, bring the light of Christ’s love and compassion to those who hurt and hunger physically and spiritually. From gardening monks in California to a sailing sister in France to seamstress sisters in Uganda, natural and human-made obstacles are tilled, tamed, navigated, maneuvered, or overcome by sheer force of will and unrelenting redemptive love.
We welcome your company on this year’s pilgrimage of mercy and on the lifelong journey of discernment and service, love and mercy, mission and holiness. In the words of Saint John Paul II, “Every member of the faithful is called to holiness and to mission, . . . to enlighten all people with the brightness of Christ, which gleams over the face of the church, by preaching the gospel to every creature” (Redemptoris Missio). May we all shine brightly.
— Patrice J. Tuohy, VISION Publisher
Excerpted from VISION 2017, available in print and online Aug. 1, 2017
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