About The Series
Are you wondering how God fits into your everyday life? How you can find your voice in your community and church? How you can get through another day of loss and grief? How you can make a difference in the world? What ideas you can embrace to nurture those in your family circle? How, in our diverse society, you can better appreciate another culture’s way of expressing belief in God? How to deepen your prayer life?
What life experience and wisdom you can share with others? If you are asking these thoughtful questions, the Called to Holiness series offers you much insight and encouragement for making sense of God and how you and your faith fit into the world—all from a woman’s perspective.
Covering such diverse topics as discovering the “theologian” inside yourself, dealing with change and loss, nurturing families or combating the social injustice in your community—and more, the eight Called to Holiness books will help you find God in the midst of your everyday life while empowering you on your individual faith journey.
Each volume in the series is penned by a Catholic woman theologian or expert and provides reading guides with discussion questions, rituals and applications to daily life as well as suggestions for further exploration of the topic.
Whether reading the Called to Holiness books on your own or with a group, you will find, in tangible ways, that your own life experiences reveal the sacred.
Initial funding for the Called to Holiness project was provided by Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities, Inc. (FADICA).
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Mueller: Doing One's Best
Why doing “one’s best” can change our world
“It is in ‘mothering’ the world that children will be fed and educated, families will be stabilized, babies will be healthy and society will act for the common good.”
Last summer, during a storm that blew over the plains, the winds in Omaha reached 110 miles per hour. These storms left destruction everywhere. Large trees stuck out of roofs, branches blocked roads, stop lights were dark and power was not restored to all residents for over ten days. The routine of daily life was upset, and people became anxious as they coped with the unexpected, the unpleasant and the unwelcome aftereffects.
A week after the storm, we began the Project Welcome Sudanese Refugee Community summer school for our Sudanese refugee children. Our network of volunteers works in an inner-city school without central air. Setting things up in 95-degree heat was difficult, but slowly the classrooms came together. Meanwhile, at the Project Welcome pantry, our social worker discovered that the abandoned school we work in was flooded during the storm and reeked of mold so badly that we needed to move out because of the health hazard.
Take a good look at real needs
This confluence of scenarios is just a normal day in the life of Project Welcome Sudanese Refugee Community. Working with the poor introduces one to the precariousness of being poor. My book, Living a Spirituality of Action: A Woman’s Perspective is written from the perspective of trying to do one’s best to respond in some way to the needs of the poor. This “doing one’s best” can make life quite messy, but those who work with the Project Welcome Community keep coming back to do more.
Too often we think that we need to be rich, powerful or connected to make a difference. In Living a Spirituality of Action women are invited to examine their gifts, take a good look at the real needs that they see in the world and get involved in meeting those needs.
For some, this may mean exploring volunteer or career options possible through agencies already in existence; others might be called to meet a particular need that hasn’t been addressed before. In either case, there is no doubt that ordinary women willing “to do something” can change the world.
It is in “mothering” the world that children will be fed and educated, families will be stabilized, babies will be healthy and society will act for the common good.
Share your “best” way to change our world
Join women in living and acting to change the world. Share your experiences of trying to change your corner of the world by clicking on Contact Us. We’ll post some stories here.
posted Wednesday, October, 15, 2008
Series Titles
(available Spring 2009)
(available Spring 2009)
Weaving Faith and Experience: A Woman's Perspective on the Middle Years
by Patricia Cooney Hathaway
(available Spring 2010)
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