Latest Issue of MAST (Vol. 26 No. 3) Now Available
The latest issue (Vol. 26, No. 3) of The MAST Journal was recently published. Editor Eloise Rosenblatt, RSM notes that the theme this issue is “Counsels of Women” because each article offers insights and advice to readers on how to live contemplatively, creatively and compassionately. With the exception of Mother Austin Carroll’s inaugural chapter reproduced from her Retreat Instructions of 1885, the papers published in this issue grew out of professional and pastoral events taking place over a six-month period in the latter part of 2019.
Mother Austin Carroll, R.S. M. (1835-1909), author of “On the Importance of a Retreat,” was the charismatic, driving force of the New Orleans foundation for nearly 40 years in the post-Civil War era.
Doris Gottemoeller, R.S.M. alerts readers to the principles of dialogue that are the “rules for conversation” on divisive religious topics in “Finding ‘Common Ground’ in Today’s Church.”
The public lecture at the MAST meeting was given by Ana Maria Pineda, R.S.M., “Spirituality of Latina Women: Sacred Spaces, Sacred Voices.”
In “Welcoming the Stranger: Reflections on the Care of Persons with Dementia,” Sharon Kerrigan, R.S.M. introduces readers to the “sacrament of presence,” growing out of her own ministerial experience.
Nancy Bauer, O.S.B., a canon lawyer specializing in church teaching on consecrated life, applies the Vatican’s directives for the viability of monasteries to apostolic communities in “The Usefulness of Cor Orans Addressed to Contemplative Nuns for All Religious Institutes.”
Rabbi Jayme Alpert draws on ancient rabbinic wisdom in “Gratitude and Blessings on Thanksgiving, November 28, 2019.”
The MAST Journal is in its 26th year of publication. It is the primary way in which the Mercy Association in Scripture and Theology [MAST] serves the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, by addressing the Institute’s critical concerns, and ongoing spiritual and theological formation. Published three times a year, each issue includes questions for reflection so that local communities or groups can use the Journal for faith sharing or theological reflection.