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Adorers help at-risk women

Sr. Milagros Garcia from the congregation, Adoratrices, Esclavas del Santisimo Sacramento y de la Caridad is busy with her new lifestyle in Mindelo, Cape Verde. Along with two other sisters and a team of laypeople, Garcia provides professional training, computer and financial classes for sexually exploited women and girls at risk. This 10-year-old program is Garcia's first mission away from her home country of Spain, where she worked with vulnerable women. Read more at GlobalSistersReport.org/node/186653.

Threatening our planet

In his new commentary for Earth-Beat, author Charles Geisler says that nuclear arms and climate change are threatening our planet. Pope Francis noted the problems of nuclear weapons and climate insecurity in his November visit to Japan and again in his annual World Day of Peace address. In the latter, Francis aligned his alarm about nuclear weapons with his call for just economic systems and generous environmental protection. Climate abuse and nuclear arms are both subject to international law, yet there is very little that world leaders have done. More can be found at NCRonline.org/node/186764.

Preaching to the headlines

Recent news headlines have been dominated by a noticeable lack of peace. Across the country, homilists and parishioners have been debating whether these developments deserve to be addressed in homilies. Msgr. Robert McClory, bishop-elect of the Diocese of Gary, Indiana, incorporated the news of anti-Semitic attacks in his homilies. He had two motivations: "to reaffirm for the congregation that all forms of anti-Semitism are evil and have no place in our community" and to address his parish's unique history with anti-Semitism. The full story is at NCRonline.org/node/186775.

Lessons from silent monks

All of us want to make our voices heard. But what happens when we are forced to withdraw into silence? Author John Gehring, who describes himself as an "exhausted Catholic and weary citizen," spent the week before Christmas at Holy Cross Abbey in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. The monastery is the home of Trappist monks, who anchor their lives in a cycle of manual work and ceaseless prayer. Gehring couldn't imagine giving up the world or the thought of never traveling again. He found the world of the monks deep and rich, yet small and suffocating. But he also realized that in his own perceived freedom, there was isolation, anxiety, loneliness and dryness of spirit. Read more at NCRonline.org/node/186714.

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