The thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful: it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle. Heal the wounds. Then we can talk about everything else.
Pope Francis, America Magazine, September 30, 2013
As I read these words of Pope Francis, I can’t help but use this image to describe the life, work, dedication and effort that associates and religious offer to others. So, as the NACAR editorial staff prepares the next issue of The Associate in this 20th anniversary year, we want to move from our story of our past NACAR history in order to focus on the present day of the associate-religious movement. We want to focus on the presence of women and men called to ‘heal the wounds and to warm the hearts’.
Please help us to gather submissions about what you are doing today to be a field hospital church. Please send us articles on your social justice programs and actions, educational activities, reflections, prayers and poetry, and your most poignant moments of love for one another. Include your photos which can speak a thousand words! Describe your communication strategies and technology and your approach to others as you invite them to join your Associate group. In other words, describe your efforts to be a field hospital and how you call others to join in the mission of preaching the Gospel with our lives.
The Associate • Winter 2016 • Volume 21, Number 1
In this issue:
History of NACAR History of a Movement
Social Justice Feature
My Story of Transformation
Collaboration Not Always a Problem
BACAR Board Retreat
NERA Associate Gathering
AIRR Walks for Immigration
Associates Making a Diference
Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
Day of Reconciliation
NACAR Membership Application