Praying for God to animate my writing and visioning

Given the Pope’s appointment of a new council on the topic of women as deacons in the Catholic Church, I would like to find a group to create a virtual prayer space with others who recognize the impact this commission could make on the future of the Catholic Church.

I would love to bring both men and women from varied backgrounds (all faiths or no faith tradition) together to recognize and affirm the contributions that women have persistently (but not tirelessly) made in the history of our church, our schools, our workplaces and our homes.

Jesus’ example of mutual aid was so inspirational to Dorothy Day (1897–1980), the founder of the Catholic Worker, that she called her book about the movement Loaves and Fishes.

“Young people say, What good can one person do? What is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time; we can be responsible only for the one action of the present moment. But we can beg for an increase of love in our hearts that will vitalize and transform all our individual actions, and know that God will take them and multiply them, as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes.” [1]

May we all pray for an “increase of love in our hearts” that will awaken, transform, and multiply the impact of our actions.


There are spectacles of many “saints” to whom I turn in prayer for strength during this project.  Mary, mother of us all; Elizabeth her cousin who greeted her with joy; Mary Magdalene, apostle to the apostles. My Marianist models: Marie Thérèse de Lamourous who founded the lay branch of the Marianist Family. Saint Theresa of Avila who brought women’s gifts to the reform of the church and Thérèse of Lisieux, who felt God’s call to become priest, prophet, and king. Mother Theresa of Calcutta who knew how to reach the marginalized of her day; and Dorothy Day who led the church to a new sense of justice.

May we enter into this work with a mighty cloud of witnesses that we can call upon to intercede, to give us strength and encouragement.


[1] Dorothy Day, Loaves and Fishes (Orbis Books: 1997, ©1963), 176

5 thoughts on “Praying for God to animate my writing and visioning

  1. Thank you for your sharing. I find myself thinking that all you want to do takes so much energy and effort… I don’t think I could do half of that! But I wish you much energy and support to follow the dream God has for you! Blessings.

  2. This image of Mary and Elizabeth hangs beside my desk in my office as well as in my Kitchen as a daily reminder of the beauty of female friendship and the powerful way God has worked through the women of history

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