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Sister Joan Chittister, the maverick nun, shares her secret life

But Chittister — now 79 and very much alive, thank you — has another reason why the time has come.

“All my professional life, I have spoken my heart out for the role of women all over the world. It’s a theological thing, a deeply moral thing, the determining issue for the integrity of the Church and the advancement of any state,” she told Religion News Service in an interview about the book.

“It’s time to acknowledge that this material is not just theological and rhetorical. It’s real. I’m not just talking from compassion, from a world I don’t know anything about. I’m talking about myself — and all social classes, all kinds of people.”

“I saw it as maybe my last major presentation on behalf of women who are trapped by circumstances of religion, law, custom, and culture,” said Chittister.


Cafe gives Jews, Arabs 50% discount if they dine together

Speaking to the Times of Israel, manager Kobi Tzafrir said the deal had struck a chord with customers and he had already served many shared tables.

Some customers have even refused the discount in support of the sentiment.

“If there’s anything that can bring together these peoples, it’s hummus,” he said.


Let us pray for those in Mexico who are about to be affected by Hurricane Patricia.

Patricia is the strongest hurricane ever recorded on the planet - and it's headed right for the Mexican coast.


Formerly homeless man now owns three restaurants

Trials and tribulations are two words that Darnell Ferguson knows all too well. The 28 year-old has struggled with incarceration, homelessness and a lack of self-control throughout his short span as an adult. His life was spiraling out of control quickly and just when things seemed to be at their worst – he made a last-ditch effort and walked into a local church – changing his life forever.

Ferguson was born in Philadelphia but his family relocated to Columbus, OH when he was young. He was raised by his mom and step-dad and credits them for providing him with a very good life. Despite having great parents – Ferguson struggled throughout high school and was on the verge of failing out. During his junior year he decided to transfer to a vocational high school in the Columbus area that offered courses in Culinary Arts.

Ferguson had finally found his niche. He graduated from vocational school and was recruited by Sullivan University in Louisville KY in 2005. He arrived on campus eager to pursue his dream of becoming a world-class chef but was quickly disappointed after discovering that he was only eligible for partial academic funding. Due to his lack of income – he could only afford to enroll in a few evening courses – which was frustrating – and he considered dropping out.

Deciding to ‘tough it out’ – Ferguson eventually transferred to courses during the day and excelled in Sullivan’s Culinary Arts program. His diligence led to him being chosen to be a part of the 2008 Olympic Team in Beijing China. Ferguson was ecstatic by the selection and honored upon discovering that out of the thousands that applied – 22 amateur chefs were selected – and only two of those were African-American.


NYC aunt loses lawsuit against 12-year-old nephew over hug that broke her wrist

A Connecticut jury needed just 25 minutes Tuesday to decide against a Manhattan human resources manager who sued her own nephew for $127,000 in damages after he accidentally broke her wrist.

Connell barely flinched when the jury’s verdict was read and then fled the Bridgeport courthouse without saying a word.

Her now 12-year-old nephew, Sean Tarala of Westport, Conn., was not in the courtroom.

“We just couldn't find him, you know, liable for what happened,” a female juror said of the boy.

Let us pray for the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting.

Eternal rest grant unto the victims, O Lord, and let Perpetual light shine upon them.

May their souls, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


Woman texts wrong guy; three years later, they're married

Glendening received the text about 2 p.m. while driving to his job in the paint department at the Lowe’s store in Maplewood. Bergh was in Denver to work on a project for her employer, Nestlé-Purina. After one of her co-workers got delayed in St. Louis, Bergh was hoping to salvage the day by connecting with other employees. She started sending texts.

“Hey, it’s Kasey. I was supposed to connect w Maria @ the park but her plane was delayed so I’m at the Westin. Wanted to see if I could connect w anyone else.”

Instead of dismissing the text meant for one of Bergh’s co-workers, Glendening responded to it. He said he wanted to be courteous.

“Sorry youve got the wrong number. But if i wasnt headed to work i’d b down to hang ,” wrote Glendening.


Driver uses lighter to try to kill spider, burns gas pump (NOT Florida)

A man with an apparent case of arachnophobia caused a fire at a suburban Detroit gas pump by putting a lighter to what he says was a spider near his fuel door.

WJBK-TV reports Saturday that he escaped injury and his vehicle suffered little damage, but the gas pump was destroyed. A clerk shut off the pump from indoors and called the fire department.

The motorist can be heard on the surveillance video at the Center Line station asking: “Is that a spider in there?” The video then shows flames erupting along the car’s side, the pump and the pavement.

The man darts to safety and later uses a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. A spider is not seen.


A couple of friends have lost relatives this week.

A neighbor of mine lost his niece earlier this week.

Then, either yesterday or this morning, the father of one of my high school classmates passed away.

Your prayers for both of them are most appreciated.

Granderson: Faith -- It's Not Just for Straight People Anymore

I've gone a lot of places since that day nearly 20 years ago. This week, I found myself on the South Lawn of the White House to join the thousands in welcoming Pope Francis to the United States. I'm not Catholic -- despite the best efforts of those around me in the stands that morning -- but I am a believer. To some this admission makes me naive, to others a kindred spirit, and for those who do not think you can be openly gay and a Christian, I am lost.

The latter was true once ... but now I'm found.

I'll explain. One of the most difficult aspects for an LGBT person coming out of the closet is feeling the need to leave the church and their faith behind. One of the most liberating moments is the day they realize they don't have to. That God is too big for small minds. That the Lord our God is with us wherever we go. So yeah, when I turned my back on God I was lost.

When I learned he never turned his back on me, I was found. And it seems as if I am not alone. According to a Pew study in 2013, 42 percent of LGBT Americans identified as Christian, and today it's up to 48 percent (of that number 17 percent are Catholic in case his Holiness was wondering).

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