The Summer 2021 issue of LCWR’s journal, Occasional Papers, which explores how to live closely attuned to the work of the Divine in the world, is entitled “Upon Whom Nothing is Lost.” This phrase comes from a Henry James essay, “The Art of Fiction,” directed to writers whom James encouraged to be people upon whom nothing is lost. He urged writers to be attentive observers of the subtle movements of the world around them and the world inside of themselves. This same call is ours today – to be people who notice everything. The world today needs us to be aware of what is happening, to be curious, to explore possibilities. We are required to continuously put aside assumptions, be open minded, and go beyond the surface of what we encounter to see what lies below. In this time of chaos, uncertainty, and deep polarization in the world and our nation, the willingness to stretch our perceptive capacities is critical.
Included in this issue will be interviews with author and speaker Joan Chittister, OSB as well as with the founder and executive director of MIT’s Community Innovators Lab Dayna Cunningham. Other articles will focus on releasing old patterns that limit our perceptions, the importance of continuously expanding our minds, perceiving from multiple cultural perspectives, understanding the evolutionary perspective, ideas for living effectively in the midst of diversity, and interior practices that place our minds and spirits in the heart of the world.
- Reflecting on Life Through a Different Lens – Marcia Allen, CSJ writes on the importance of continuously expanding our minds and ways of perceiving over the course of a lifetime
- ‘All We have is Love’ – Dayna Cunningham of MIT shares in an interview how she lives closely attuned to the needs of the world
- Waiting for Redemption: A Cosmological Perspective – Linda Gibler, OP shows how our understandings of evolution can help us weather the uncertainty and chaos of these times
- ‘We Are Called to Follow the Question’ – Joan Chittister, OSB in an interview looks at religious life today, 25 years after the publication of her book, The Fire in These Ashes
- ‘But Wait, There’s More’ – Lynn Mousel, CHM, a psychiatrist, explores how we might acquire a capacity for both/and thinking
- Living with HOPE So No One is Lost – Christine Garcia, SSND shares the benefits of living immersed in multiple cultures
- Impacting the World - Ramona Miller, OSF; Jessica Kerber, ACJ; Livramento Oliveira, SMIC; and Carol A. Peterson, RDC, LCWR members, write of what they most want to pass on to members of younger generations so that they too live as those upon whom nothing is lost.
- Breathing With Intention – Kathleen Pruitt, CSJP offers practices that help us see and hear life in all its fullness and beauty
- For Your Reflection - Ideas for unpacking the insights of these authors and interviewees
- Orders for this issue may be placed online. Discounts are available for orders of 100 or more copies. Orders must be placed by May 28.
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