Robert Short

Robert Short

Sunday, 20 August 2017 22:00

Prayer for Peace in Our Time

The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns posted this prayer on their website for this month. To access the MOGC website go to: http://maryknollogc.org

Thursday, 10 August 2017 12:55

Affiliate Book Group - Session 3

This September we will launch the 3rd session of the Maryknoll Affiliate Book Group.

There will be two sessions:

  1. Fridays at 1:00 pm ET … 10:00 am PT – first session begins September 8th
  2. Sundays at 8:00 pm ET … 5:00 pm PT – first session begins September 10th

The chosen book is: Trails of Hope and Terror by Miguel de la Torre

     Orbis link: http://www.orbisbooks.com/trails-of-hope-and-terror.html

Each of seven sections (Borders, Economics, Myths, Family Values, the Politics of Fear, Christian Perspectives, Ethical Responses) opens with an examination of an issue and then includes a story or testimony by an undocumented immigrant, a story by someone who works with the undocumented, and a poem, prayer, or a song that expresses the hope and the terror involved in crossing the border. This combination of analysis, story, and artistic expression opens up the complexities of immigration. Cost is $12 at the Orbis site (link above).

If you would like to sign up for this 3rd Book Group please send: 1) your name 2) email address 3) chosen session (Friday or Sunday) to Bob Short at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We will be starting in under a month, so please respond soon.

Thank you and peace,

Paula Schaffner, Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss, Bob Short

MK Affiliate Book Group Committee

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 16:53

Mary D'Arcy

For a few years we dance around on the stage of life and have the chance to reflect a little bit of God’s glory. As a human, I’m just a tiny moment of consciousness, a tiny part of creation, a particle that reflects only a fragment of God’s love and beauty. And yet that’s enough. And then we return to where we started—in the heart of God. Everything in between is a school of love. (Richard Rohr)

We received word today that Mary D'Arcy of the Subway Affiliate Chapter passed on to New Life.  Mary was a beloved friend to Maryknollers of all four expressions.  She was an Affiliate from the early years; a psychologist consultant for the Lay Missioners for over 30 years; and, before that, a Maryknoll Sister.  In a note a few minutes ago from Mark Koening, a former Director of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners, who served with his family in Venezuela, he wrote, "Mary was a person of wisdom, humor and insight and was never reticent to share those gifts.  So happy she was a part of my life."  For sure, that is something that many reading this can say of Mary. 

The message from the Maryknoll Society today said this:

August 2, 2017
Please remember in your prayers the repose of the soul of
 
Mary D’Arcy
 
who died today, August 2, 2017, at the age of 86.   Mary was a former Maryknoll sister and worked for many years with the Maryknoll Affiliates and Lay Missioners. Mary was the widow of Paul D’Arcy, former Maryknoll priest, Class of 1946.


 Funeral Mass will take place Saturday, 8/5 at the Maryknoll Society Chapel

Condolences to Peter D'Arcy/ 7 Oxford Rd./ Larchmont, NY 10538

 
 

 

Sunday, 30 July 2017 18:51

Heartfelt Strategies

A short time ago, a family member, Michel, gave me a pack of 100 cards known as Oblique Strategies. Each card has a “worthwhile dilemma” to, excuse the pun, shuffle the mind off in a different direction. He’s writing a book and uses these oblique strategies when writer’s block sets in. Here are four examples:

Gardening, not architecture

Remove the specifics and convert to ambiguities

Not building a wall, but making a brick

Humanize something free of error

Michel gave them to me thinking they could provide an occasional distraction from todays frightening political arena. Today in the space of ten minutes I heard political pundits use the expressions, “soap opera”, “circus train” and “insane asylum” in reference to the present U.S. administration. Who doesn’t need a distraction these days?!

But, distractions have little chance of putting us back on the heart journey we’ve been called to. Thankfully, in recent days a few Affiliates copied me on their responses to Rosa Beatriz, the lead person on the Guatemalan Conference Committee planning for MAC 2017, who had the inspiration to arbitrarily choose a few registrants and ask them to respond to two of three questions posed. Below are parts of three different responses to one of those questions:

In what ways would I like to see the theme “Buen Vivir” (Living in Harmony with All) become part of the commitment of the Affiliate Movement?

Responses

  • So now more than ever, it is important to live in harmony with others and to challenge others to do the same. People are often fearful of individuals and groups (races, religions, cultures) that they don’t know. Once they get to know people from a “different” group, much of the fear goes away. This affiliate conference gives us the opportunity to get to know and understand other cultures. Hopefully it will strengthen our commitment to living in harmony with others, and by sharing our experiences, will inspire others to live in harmony with others as well. (Dennis Burgess)
  • I am becoming increasingly aware that all people in the world are connected.  We all share our humanity and we all need each other.  When one of us is hurt we are all hurt.  When one of us thrives and flourishes we all benefit.  As our knowledge of our planet and our universe expands we become more aware of the need to promote harmony on our planet.  Maryknoll Affiliates can be a powerful force for good by making LIVING IN HARMONY WITH ALL a focus of the Maryknoll Movement.  (Dan Heuer)
  • It is so easy to become discouraged at the enormity of need in the world – from need for social justice, to famine. I take courage and consolation from Mother Teresa who said that if she had not helped that first person in front of her, none of the many hundreds she helped would have been helped. It is my hope that by being fully present and caring to everyone I meet, I can make my difference in the world. To quote Barbara Fiand: “Encountering hate with love, rejection with acceptance, bullying with gentle strength is a daily responsibility.” (Marie Wren)

…Whole-hearted, transformative strategies that help bring us back to what can bring peace and harmony in our world.  Proud to be a Maryknoll Affiliate.

Sunday, 23 July 2017 18:53

Developing Global Consciousness

One of the Quick Links (blue box) sections on the home page of the website <maryknollaffiliates.org> is entitled "Developing Global Consciousness".  Most of the content for this section over the last year or so has come to us thanks to Sr. Theresa Baldini of the Maryknoll Sister Contemplative Community.  As the section implies, these readings are substantive and reflective.  If you open this section now, you'll see Sr. Helene O'Sullivan MM's précis for Chapters 4 & 5 of Diarmuid O'Murchu's insightful new book, Religious Life in the 21st Century - The Prospect for Refounding.  For those of you who have read any of O"Murchu's books, you'll know that, while his focus is religious life, so much in the book extends beyond religious life and has application for all of us.  To check out this section, go to: http://maryknollaffiliates.org/developing-global-consciousness.html

Below is an excerpt from the 1st paragraph of this section.

Chapter 4. Parable and Paradigm in the History of Religious Life

We now move into the story of Religious Life as we have known it for almost two thousand years. Most history books tend to prioritize those who advanced the church’s progress and defended it against heresy and attack, namely, outstanding patriarchal males. Women in general and vowed women specifically were not meant to be visible in the church’s agenda of power and control and therefore for most of Christian history (down to the 19th century) women were officially “silenced” by monastic enclosure. The historical texts rarely, if ever, acknowledge that throughout Christendom women Religious made significant, even major, contributions. This grave injustice needs to be addressed and rectified.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 01:10

MAC 2017 - Full To Capacity

We are no longer accepting new registrations for MAC 2017 in Guatemala!  

Registrations have now reached full capacity for the venue - Casa de Retiros Verbo Encarnado.  In many ways this is good news.  However, unfortunately it also means that if you were thinking of attending but haven't yet registered, that window has closed.  

There is a waiting list (3 so far) in the event that someone previously registered is no longer able to attend and withdraws.

IF YOU PREVIOUSLY REGISTERED BUT NOW REALIZE YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND, PLEASE LET BOB SHORT KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Your full return of payment will follow.

Thank you.

 

 

 

Sunday, 09 July 2017 14:39

July 10, 2017

An MAC update and a reflective passage:

  • MAC 2017 - Over 100 people have now signed up for MAC 2017.  I am waiting to hear back from the Guatemala Conference Committee (GCC) to see if we now need to stop the registration process.  If you would like to come but haven't yet registered, please do so this week.  I should hear back from the GCC shortly.
  • [From Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation for today] The Universal Christ, described by the Apostle Paul, is not a problem-solving Christ, not a denominational or cultural Christ, not a Christ domesticated by the churches, but the One who names in his life and person what matters, what lasts, and finally what is. He holds it all together in significance, reveals the redemptive pattern that we call the life and death of things, and holds the meaning and value of our lives outside of ourselves (see Colossians 1, Ephesians 1, John 1). 
    Ilia Delio said something to complement Rohr's meditation: "Our task is not to solve problems, but to model love."

 

Friday, 30 June 2017 01:49

Virtual Chapters - new opportunity

Right now there is one Maryknoll Affiliate Virtual Chapter. * The members of that Chapter held there second “meeting” last Wednesday. As there is no geographic location for the chapter, as yet it remains nameless.

The decision to move forward with a virtual chapter surfaced over a year ago in a Board meeting with the realization that many who had been inquiring about becoming Affiliates lived too far from an existing chapter to join. Additionally, several Affiliates who moved away from their original chapter and hoped to join another, also found themselves geographically distant from any current chapter.

So, the first virtual chapter was born. There are 5 members who “gather” via conference call. There is some thought to also including a video connection like Zoon, Skype, etc. in the future. Those members are from Colorado, Minnesota, upstate NY, Connecticut and, aren’t we lucky, Sr. Ellen McDonald MM, co-founder of the Affiliate movement. For now, they have decided to meet quarterly. Minus seeing each other’s faces or sharing potluck delights, the first two virtual sessions appear to mirror the spirit and shared solidarity of local chapters. Very encouraging.

 If you reading this have moved away from your previous chapter, or know someone who might be interested in joining a virtual chapter, contact Bob Short: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

* There is also a pilot Contemplative Virtual Chapter in its initial stages of development.

Sunday, 25 June 2017 01:08

Where Will We Be in 5 Years (or less)?

The 5th Consensus Action Statement (CAS) from the most recent Affiliate Board meeting poses the questions:

1) Where do we want Maryknoll Affiliates to be in 5 years?  2) What are 1-3 actions steps to get us there? While Board chair Dave Schaffner presented these two questions to Board members, they are critical question extended to all of us as Affiliates.  Given the geographic expanse, life experience and 1000's of years of commitment to mission among us, how might each of us (you) respond to these questions.  Any insights (broad or particularly focused) in this regard would be very welcome.

If you would like to respond, please email Bob Short at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you much.

Monday, 19 June 2017 00:37

San Diego Chapter - June 2017

In the first two sentences of her book, Becoming Wise - An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, Krista Tippett, the host of the public radio program, On Being, writes: "I'm a person who listens for a living.  I listen for wisdom, and beauty, and for voices not shouting to be heard."

On Sunday, June 11th I had the chance to meet with 16 members of the San Diego Chapter, who gathered in the rectory of Saint Mary Magdalen Parish in the Mission Hill section of that city. Hugh Menton, Regional Coordinator for the California Region, drove all the way from Long Beach to also be at the meeting.  Hugh's wife Jean wasn't able to make it that Sunday. 

Like many if not all Affiliate Chapters, there was a felt sense of welcome, of engaging reflection, of meaningful conversation, of humor, of kindness and of being at home.  There were no 'voices shouting to be heard' - where there is genuine community, no one had to shout.  During this moment in history when many feel our country's deepest values are in free fall, we were all very grateful for this time and space when 'people of the pillars' (Spirituality, Community, Global Vision & Action) could come together. Besides that, the members spoke of really good brownies at the pot luck gathering to follow... speaking here of only legitimate culinary ingredients.

It struck me once again while in San Diego that Maryknollers are people on the margins trying very hard and with a great deal of integrity to speak a word of life, of Life.

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