January 2023 Weavings Reflection

The Virtue of Courageby Connie Gaul, Covenant Companion I was looking through the web when I came across a site that helped lift my spirits. Having been overwhelmed by all of the upsetting news in the world, I was pleased to discover a place that offered daily reflections, some of which were very meaningful and jumped out at me and some were not. I subscribed to this site which provides a daily “quote for gratitude.” This particular offering touched me. It was written by Maya Angelou, poet and author. * “Courage is the most important of all virtues, because [...]

January 2023 Weavings Reflection2023-01-03T21:38:53+00:00

December 2022 Weavings Reflection

Toward a Flourishing FutureHaikus - Part 2 of 2by Mary Ellen Durbin, Covenant Companion I have practiced daily meditation for more than 35 years. The following haikus came from insights gained through contemplation… Sanctify the worldWith your ordinary lifeAnd your awareness.  Somewhere deep within, The bush continues to burn.This is holy ground.  The seeds of a greater Journey are waiting in Everything around us. Sometimes, we needTo step back, in order to find A way to return. [...]

December 2022 Weavings Reflection2022-11-30T11:50:31+00:00

November 2022 Weavings Reflection

Toward a Flourishing FutureHaikus - Part 1 of 2by Mary Ellen Durbin The natural world has always been a window into the holiness of God, the wonder of creation. Most of my haikus emerge from moments of encounter, and moments of reflection, about our current environmental challenges, in the light of faith and hope. Often, I become very discouraged about our chances for survival as a human species. Since Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, my awareness, reflection, and my faith in God’s transforming power of love have grown. I participated in the Wheaton Franciscan conversation over the months about [...]

November 2022 Weavings Reflection2022-11-09T18:11:15+00:00

October 2022 Weavings Reflection

This Reflection Has Gone to the Dogs... and Cats... and Birds!Part II: Wheaton Franciscan Cats and Birds We continue our journey into lessons learned by Wheaton Franciscans living intimately with God's creatures.Click on the photos to enlarge them Sister Pat Norton has lived with many animal companions: "Since moving to Wheaton in 1972, I have had the privilege to share life with 6 animals--4 dogs and 2 cats. While living with Sister Rosie I told her one day that I was sure that having a dog would improve my spiritual life. How could she argue with that? So, [...]

October 2022 Weavings Reflection2022-10-04T20:10:15+00:00

September 2022 Weavings Reflection

This Reflection Has Gone to the Dogs... and Cats... and Birds!Part 1: Wheaton Franciscan Pooches Wheaton Franciscans have a long history of sharing their lives with dear animal and bird companions. Because of Francis's affinity for the natural world and the creatures in it, we thought it would be appropriate to celebrate what has been gleaned from the animals that have graced the homes and lives of Wheaton Franciscans. Please consider these stories of pets that have enhanced the lives of Wheaton Franciscans. The first part focuses on dog companions and next month will have tales of cats and [...]

September 2022 Weavings Reflection2022-08-31T21:41:46+00:00

August 2022 Weavings Reflection

A Call To Serveby Naomi Hroncich, Covenant Companion I live in a Retirement Community in Geneva, Illinois. In the early phase of the Pandemic, I realized that many residents lived alone and were isolated from family and friends, and I wanted to do something about that.My experience as a Parish Nurse and Hospice Chaplain with clinical pastoral experience led me to reach out to my fellow independent residents during the different phases of the Pandemic.In September 2020, a proposal was developed and presented to management. A Volunteer Outreach Program was launched and sponsored by the Resident Council. The purpose [...]

August 2022 Weavings Reflection2022-08-02T20:39:47+00:00
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