Mary Lou Kownacki, OSBby Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB
Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace

I am at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious Conference in St. Louis this week. Because I am on the Council for the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, I am a member of LCWR and decided to attend this historic gathering.

Prior to leaving a friend sent me this prayer by Lynne Hybels, a columnist for Sojourners Magazine. I plan to pray it all week. Please join with me in praying the “Dangerous Women Creed.”

Dangerous Women Creed
by Lynne Hybels

Dear God, please make us dangerous women.
May we be women who acknowledge our power to change, and grow,
and be radically alive for God.
May we be healers of wounds and righters of wrongs.
May we weep with those who weep and speak for those who cannot
speak for themselves.
May we cherish children, embrace the elderly, and empower the poor.
May we pray deeply and teach wisely.
May we be strong and gentle leaders.
May we sing songs of joy and talk down fear.
May we never hesitate to let passion push us, conviction compel us,
and righteous anger energize us.
May we strike fear into all that is unjust and evil in the world.
May we dismantle abusive systems and silence lies with truth.
May we shine like stars in a darkened generation.
May we overflow with goodness in the name of God and by the power of Jesus.
And in that name and by that power, may we change the world.
Dear God, please make us dangerous women. Amen.

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3 thoughts on “REFLECTION: A poem for an historic gathering

  1. Please remember Franz Jaegerstaetter in your prayers. Today is the anniversary of his death on the guillotine in 1943 for his refusal to kill for Hitler. We of Pax Christi UK are remembering him in Westminster Cathedral today. Thank you and blessings.

  2. A wonderful poem. It inspires me and I will print it out and share it.
    Thank you.
    With prayers for the LCWR assembly.

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