In late November the Maryknoll Sisters invited us to participate in a 30th anniversary commemoration of the deaths of five religious women in El Salvador in 1980 – Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke, Ita Ford, and Carla Piette, Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel, and lay missioner Jean Donovan. During a prayerful ritual we honored their willingness to move far from home to be with the people of El Salvador in dangerous times. We were reminded that we too are called to cross borders – sometimes external borders of place but always inner borders of mind and heart – and to work for a world without borders where all can live in dignity and peace together.

Displayed at Maryknoll are simple crosses representing each of the five women who died in El Salvador in 1980 and a sixth cross honoring our Sister Dorothy Stang who gave her life in 2005 in Brazil. She too risked crossing borders of place, mind, and heart to be with those fighting for justice for the people and for the Amazon rainforest.

What borders of place, mind and heart have you crossed recently?


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