O Radiant Dawn, shine your light on those in the darkness of despair and need.
In this season of waiting, so many people are not waiting for holiday gifts or celebrations. They wait for the violence around them to stop, for aid after natural disasters, for return from refugee camps and battlefields and prisons. Even the smallest rays of light that we can provide by our efforts pushes back some of the darkness and, when joined to that of others, may begin to light a path of hope.
-- Sr. Judith Sutera
[The Monastery of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kan., is home to 140 Benedictine sisters whose presence has been in the Kansas-Missouri area for the last 150 years. While primarily engaged in education, the sisters also sponsor the Keeler Women's Center; Sophia Center, which houses their spirituality programs; and Maur Hill-Mount Academy and Benedictine College, which they co-sponsor with St. Benedict's Abbey.]
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