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In Praise of a Place for All at the Banquet of the Lord.  Graduation.  Collegeville USA, May 2013.

In honor of all of the remarkable and inspiring women religious that grace my life…

“… [W]hen one choose to marginalize oneself and assertively suffer with the powerless, one is taking a firm stand against injustice… [T]he purpose of this stance is to oppose, denounce, and vigorously resist suffering–not to passively accept suffering or, God forbid, glorify it as virtue-producing… [T]he impulse of humility is often assertiveness. When God is understood to be the center of one’s identity, the courage to assert oneself on behalf of justice is inspired.”

– Carol Lakey Hess, 1997