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Women and the Church: Open to the Needs of Others

“One thing that we learned from our foundresses was when you go somewhere, what you do is look around and see what the needs are - and then you try and fulfill those needs.” The opening words from Joan Saalfeld, SNJM in this short video, “Open to the Needs of Others,” let viewers catch a glimpse of the world through the eyes of Holy Names Sisters. A number of Sisters share their perpectives, including Brigid Baumann, SNJM (pictured above). You’re invited to pray the prayer below before watching the video.

For I was hungry and you gave me food.
I was a stranger and you took me in. ─Matthew 25:35

Gracious Spirit, please open my heart to the needs of others.
Let me see how I can be of service to lighten a load,
to bring hope, to liberate another.

Help me remember that the smallest action on my part
can confirm the dignity of someone in deep despair.

Open my eyes to show me where I am needed.
Give me strength to offer my gifts.
Prevent me from wrapping myself in my own cocoon.

Let me live by Pope Francis's words:
   To protect creation, to protect every man and woman,
   to look upon them with tenderness and love,
   is to open up a horizon of hope;
   it is to let a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds;
   it is to bring the warmth of hope! (3/19/2013)

For this we pray to our God. Amen.