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Franciscan Sisters February Meditation on Forgiveness at the Franciscanized World

Contact: Sr. Julie Ann Sheahan OSF, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, 920-682-7728, sjulieann@fscc-calledtobe.org


GREEN BAY, Wisc., Feb. 2 /Christian Newswire/ -- The February "Franciscanized World" page features Over The Rhine's "Long Lost Brother" and Gesu image at www.fscc-calledtobe.org/living.asp on the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity website.


Photo: Long Lost Brother, hi-resolution version


Commenting on his song, Detweiler offers that "Long Lost Brother... explores the theme of forgiveness, a word that comes up a lot in the music of Over the Rhine. Once you get beyond the surface, what is forgiveness all about? Is it possible to forgive yourself or anyone else without doing the work of understanding the dynamics of what you're attempting to forgive? The desire to forgive and the desire to gain wisdom seem increasingly inseparable."


Formed by husband-and-wife team of bassist/pianist/guitarist Linford Detweiler and vocalist/guitarist Karin Bergquist, Over the Rhine has drawn critical acclaim for their thoughtfully stirring music and spirituality.


The accompanying image of the Pieta is by photographer Nicole Bruni, who comments that "The Pieta has always been special to me because it illustrates so beautifully the culmination of faith, forgiveness, pain and redemption."


Franciscanized World was recently featured in Time Magazine's profile of Catholic religious orders innovatively utilizing the Internet. It invites visitors see the world as Saints Francis and Clare did - realistically, compassionately, finding good and holy possibility in the substance and culture of everyday life. Each month, specially selected songs and images are chosen for spiritual reflection from particular young women discerning their call in life.


"We want to present our life as a viable option for them. Personal invitation is always best; however, we became convinced that real conversations can begin by using the language of images and music." says Sr. Julie Ann Sheahan, OSF, Directress of Vocations


Established in 1869, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity serve in Catholic health care, education and parish ministries in 11 U.S. dioceses (Green Bay, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Tucson, Honolulu, Chicago, Marquette, Jackson, Omaha, Columbus and Steubenville).