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
Being light to the world is the recurring
From gardening monks in California to a sailing sister in France
theme throughout this 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 compas-
sion to those who hurt and hunger physically and spiritually.
to seamstress sisters in Uganda, natural and human-made ob-
stacles 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
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