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March 2020

'An Attitude of Being'

by Sharlet Wagner, CSC -- LCWR Past President

Giving the presidential address at the 2019 LCWR national assembly was a privilege and a memory I will treasure. A particular line from that address has been quoted back to me a number of times: “We can thank God that our task as elected leaders is not to create a plan for the new to emerge; it is to create a space for the new to emerge.” I am thankful that nobody, in quoting that line to me, has voiced the follow up question: “How do we create a space for the new to emerge?”

I’m thankful the question hasn’t been voiced to me because the truth is, I don’t know. I doubt that anybody really does. This is one of those situations in which we will have to, as the poet Rainer Maria Rilke says, “Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”  (Download the PDF document below to continue reading.)

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