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A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community Hardcover – April 15, 2014
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“I truly believe that the Nuns on the Bus campaign changed the national conversation on our national priorities and our budget. .Let me also congratulate one of my personal “sheroes,” and a clear and compelling voice for social justice: Sister Simone Campbell.” (Senator Richard “Dick” Durbin)
“Who doesn’t love a feisty nun? The Catholicism of Sister Campbell…is the faith of social justice activists like Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, the church whose pope pleaded for relief of the ‘misery and wretchedness pressing so unjustly on the majority of the working class.’” (New York Times)
“[Campbell] is an unusual combination of hardhitting political strategist and poetrywriting spiritual figure…Campbell’s style of engagement on the Hill is part Zen master, part political tactician.” (Washington Post)
“Campbell’s advocacy is rooted in her faith, in doing what Jesus says we should do.” (Chicago Tribune)
“Nuns have played many roles in Catholic history, from convent monastics to street activists, but it’s difficult to think of another nun like Sister Simone Campbell. A registered lobbyist and political strategist, she has exercised quiet but important influence in advancing liberal Catholic causes in Washington.” (Time magazine)
“The Nuns on the Bus rolled into South Bend, Ind., on Thursday evening to find the same sort of enthusiastic crowds that often greet Notre Dame teams coming home after big wins on the road.” (National Catholic Reporter)
“And on the fourth day…Nuns on the Bus came to South Bend, Indiana…the women religious involved in this nine-state pilgrimage met with 300 adoring, sign-waving supporters…” (Commonweal)
“My conservative friends insist Paul Ryan’s Roadmap is the answer to our economy to ensure a rosy future for our children… These courageous nuns decided to follow their conscience and report what the real effects would mean for Americans. Nuns on the Bus are hitting the road with the facts…” (Detroit News)
“Nuns on the Bus share a gospel of community and collective responsibility…The Nuns on the Bus speak with the kind of moral authority that politicians simply do not have, no matter how much they try to dress up Ayn Rand’s philosophy in religious rhetoric.” (Examiner)
“Nuns on the Bus travel the continent on behalf of justice. It is hard to choose a word to describe the interaction between the crowd and the travelers. One could say ‘enthusiastic,’ or ‘excited,’ but none of those words really captures the mood. The only word that fits is love.” (People’s World)
“NETWORK’s projects, as well as Sister Simone’s undertakings, draw on a history that is both feminist-positive, respectful of both diversity and tradition, and intended to provide justice for all.” (Booklist)
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becoming interested in helping our disadvantaged and unrepresented brothers and
sisters here in America, joining a religious community of Sisters dedicated to that
mission --- and working creatively and with great energy, talent and heart to help them.
The brief stories she tells of some of those whom she, and others with her, helped
are very moving. With so many crazies in government trying in perverted ways to
ignore and stomp down the poor, it is so encouraging to know that there are
many of "God's angels" leading efforts to which we ourselves can commit.
Needless to say, I was already aware of the “Nuns on the Bus” pilgrimages, although I was never fortunate enough to be able to attend one of their events. I was also aware of the powerful work of Catholic women religious in confronting many of the crucial issues of our time with respect to social justice and human rights. However, I knew very little about Sister Simone personally before listening to the interview. At that point, I discovered that she is deeply committed to a contemplative spiritual path, which resonated with me so strongly that I immediately ordered her memoir. I was thoroughly blessed and powerfully motivated by reading it, and I can’t overstate how important her sharing of her lived perspective will be for anyone seeking encouragement in these troubled times. For me, there is no more powerful conclusion than her assertion near the end, referring to the slogan, “Raise your hands! Raise your voices!” which was the mantra of the second bus trip, seeking immigration reform:
“Our nation needs that action, those voices. Our people need it. Our families need it. Nothing is certain in politics, that’s the one thing we know for sure. I also know that my spirituality calls me to walk willing with a broken heart – a brokenness that in the process of opening up releases hope for the many so that eventually justice for all our brothers and sisters may be realized.Read more ›
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A well-written book, about an inspiring story. We need more people who take risks to save our society from so much greediness.Published 20 days ago by james glos
We are using it in a women's study group at our church. I like it -- not as dry as some textbook style books we've used. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lois Stratmoen
Well worth the read of this important American story and woman. Starts stronger than it finishes. Grateful for Sister Simone's contributions to the ACA.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer