The Nuns on the Bus are truly a cadre of women of heart who need to be heard. In these loud times when Rush Limbaugh aligns himself with the papacy (or is it the other way around?) , the Network* of Catholic nuns has responded vigorously, not by allowing themselves to be victimized by a dying cabal of cardinals whose priorities are about making contraceptives contraband but by going from state to state alerting the nation about how Rep Paul Ryan's budget is an affront to social justice and the common good.
The nuns are the women who work in the trenches of reality. They see the working poor who struggle to feed families and who lack health care. They encounter the forgotten, frayed fringes of socety. In other words, they live the Beatitudes.
Meanwhile the pillars of patriarchy make pronouncements from moneyed mansions.But without integrating the feminine principle of wisdom of the heart, these pillars can only fall flat ... at the feet of these women of heart. (There are feminine principled men of heart as well. That is a topic for another day.)
*The Network is a social justice lobby whose executive director is Sr Simone Campbell