A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community
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Driving for faith, family, and fairness
In the summer of 2012, Sister Simone Campbell and a group of fellow Roman Catholic nuns toured parts of the country to rally support against Congressman Paul Ryan's budget, a plan that cut vital social programs for the hurting poor and the struggling middle class. Prayer groups turned into rallies, and small town meetings became national media events. Sister Simone became a galvanizing force for progressives of all stripes and remains a driving force for programs and policies that support tolerance, equality, and justice.
Rooted in a deep spirituality of compassion and service, Sister Simone gives voice to the hunger, isolation, and fear that so many people in America feel. She shows how we can create real transformation in our communities through the contemplative life of prayer. These powerful, inspiring stories from the Nuns on the Bus tour and from Sister Simone's own life offer a fresh vision for a lived spirituality that is at the heart of today's progressive Christian movements working for change.
to the ER because of a “pain in his side.” He thought that he had just pulled a muscle on the job, but he didn’t go to the doctor since he did not have health-care coverage as a day laborer. By the time he got to the ER by ambulance, he had a ruptured appendix and peritonitis had set in. He was in ICU for days and off work for months while he recovered. Under the principles of Catholic social teaching, this national, systemic failure to meet the rights of citizens to health care demanded a
era that reshaped America’s view of society’s role toward caring for the less fortunate. The Catholic Church’s leaders, and rank-and-file Catholics, once saw those reforms as putting core elements of Catholic social teaching into practice, and they cast their votes accordingly. Not anymore. Catholics are still the largest voting bloc among all faith groups, accounting for nearly a quarter of the votes cast in presidential elections. But since the days of Ronald Reagan, Catholics have become a
home parish, Our Lady of Refuge, was as new as the tract house suburbs that surrounded it and was just starting to raise money to start a school. My parents helped out—until they had a big fight with the pastor. The pastor thought they hadn’t earned enough money on the bazaar they ran. So my folks said we’re done with you, shook the dust off their feet. Even when Our Lady of Refuge opened a school, just three blocks from our home when I was in the third grade, my parents kept us at the school
Joaquin valley and key Republican districts. All along the sixty-eight hundred miles and three weeks we visited sisters and other faith-based groups that worked with and for immigrant communities, lobbied senators and representatives, held press conferences, and gave interviews; and in the evenings, we did our friend-raisers just as we did on the first trip. Although there were many similarities with the first time around, there was much that was different. It took me a few days to realize one
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