Cultivating Our Souls Third Week of Lent 2019 By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission “I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it that it may bear fruit in the future.” Luke 13:8-9 One of my favorite books to read during Lent is Judy Cannato’s Quantum Grace. I return to it year after year. I am particularly drawn to her reminder that “Love demands seeing that we are connected” (p.80). The tricky piece for me is that it is easy to forget the connectedness in a culture of divide and conquer, scarcity and greed, and fear and [...]
April 4—International Day of Landmine Awareness & Assistance in Mine Action Each year April 4th is a day to raise awareness of the persistent danger of landmines and the progress made towards complete elimination of their production and use. Even in areas where armed conflicts have been resolved, hundreds of innocent people continue to be killed or maimed for life by landmines. These weapons are indiscriminate, wounding or killing farmers, travelers, children at play, and women and girls collecting water. This day seeks to raise awareness of the problem, locate and mark off areas where landmines persist in order to [...]
The Way of Connection Second Week of Lent 2019 By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission “But I say to you who listen, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. …. Do to others as you would have them do to you. … expecting nothing in return… Be merciful, just as our God is merciful. Do not judge, do not condemn, Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you; …The good person brings good things out of the good [...]
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“Living the Way of Love” The Path of Wholeness First Week of Lent 2019 By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13 …. When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time.” Luke 4: 1, 13 The first Sunday of Lent we heard Luke’s telling of the temptations of Jesus. Temptations are the desire to do something, especially something unwise or wrong. Fr. Richard Rohr writes that the three temptations that Jesus faced “are all temptations to the misuse of [...]
Check Your Attitude Ash Wednesday, 2019 By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission Even now … return to me with your whole heart. Joel 2:12 Brothers and sisters: We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. 2 Corinthians 5:20 Jesus said to his disciples: "Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them … Matthew 1:6 Today our Lenten journey formally begins. We have prepared our homes and our hearts. As we begin this journey, let’s pause a moment to check our attitude, our frame of mind. Simply defined an attitude [...]
Please find attached here a new resource for lent: 40 Days; 40 Ways: A Guide to a Green Lent by Dianne Scheper. The guide is designed to provide a green environmental context for you to consider this Lent. Despite its title, “40 Days; 40 Ways” is not fashioned as a daily devotional. Dianne describes it as "a range of suggestions for merging your Lenten disciplinary spirit with creation-centered activities."
March 8—International Women’s Day International Women’s Day (IWD) was first recognized by the United Nations in 1975. However, IWD was first celebrated in New York in 1911 and was supported by over one million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights." The Theme for IWD 2019 is #BalanceforBetter. The theme aims at raising awareness that everyone everywhere has a part [...]