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A Life of Permanent Transition: Finding My Home in Intentional Community

Editor’s Note: Overseas Lay Missioner Julia Pinto discusses her upcoming transition from the Casa community and how a feeling of belonging makes a place a home. “For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.” Hebrews 13:14 I am not experiencing homelessness, as so many of…

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My Cloister

Editor’s Note:  Sr. Meg Earsley, a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration and Overseas Missioner in formation, reflects on what it means to see the world as her cloister.  “…with a gesture, [the brothers] showed [Lady Poverty] the extent of the horizon and said to her: ‘Lady, this is our cloister.’” (Boff, Francis of Assisi, Page 90)…

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Introducing Mari Snyder: What Matters to Me

Editor’s Note: Overseas Lay Missioner in formation, Mari Snyder, reflects on what matters most to her. What matters to me …  is that I have a meaningful life purpose. According to the “Book of Twain,” the two most important days in your life are the day you’re born and the day you discover why. While I’ve long…

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Introducing Victor Artaiz: What Matters to Me

Editor’s Note: Overseas lay missioner in formation, Victor Artaiz, reflects on how God tugged on his heart and led him to formation with FMS. God has always tugged on my sleeve and at my heart, especially during those times when I was only focused on myself! Here in the Brookland neighborhood of DC, I am…

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Introducing Sister Meg Earsley: What Matters to Me

Editor’s Note: Sr. Meg Earsley, a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration and Overseas Missioner in formation, reflects on the interconnectedness, beauty, and diversity of God’s creation in relation to her calling as a sister.  For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt passionate about inclusion. Perhaps it was connected to the loneliness I experienced…

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From A to B: The Humble Invitation to Encounter God and Others

Editor’s Note: Overseas lay missioner in formation, Julia Pinto, reflects on God’s invitation to encounter Him and the people around her.  For most of my life, I have identified myself as a doer. Having been raised by parents who primarily show love through acts of service, I often find myself thinking of what needs to…

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Rest

Editor’s note: Current lay missioner in Formation, Jenny Tsui, gives a new perspective to the often overlooked afternoon nap, a deliberate choice of freedom and trust in the Lord.  One of the new habits I’ve adopted in Formation is a brief, post-lunch nap. Spurred on by the inspiring example of some of my Casa-mates and…

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Casa Love

Casa Love

Editor’s note: In this blog, new missioner Rhonda Eckerman introduces her experience within Casa San Salvador. Coming into this new space, she reflects on the familiarity of the house as well as the community that’s been deeply ingrained within its foundation. She invites the reader into her home and onto the front porch for a…

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