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Jueves, 27 Febrero 2020 23:35

What Is Your Theme for Lent?

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The Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns encourages us to examine and deepen our lives with their 2020 Lenten Reflection Guide 
(https://maryknollogc.org/resources/scripture-reflection-guides), which offers weekly reflections on ecological conversion.
Or you may feel drawn to a theme from past years, such as nonviolence (maryknollogc.org/resources/lenten-reflection-guide-2018). 


While you’re on the MOGC website, you might take a few minutes to see what other resources are available.
For example, Sr. Ann Braudis’s meditations on the solar eclipse and the autumnal equinox are listed.



Jueves, 27 Febrero 2020 19:42

Confused Catholics Called to Rise Above

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Al Drinkwine – Seattle Chapter

My soul is Catholic
My mind so confused,
How can limited,
Single-minded Catholics
Our world family so abuse

Having lost an infant
Through miscarry,
And a son
Due to untreated mental health,
The pain of love lost
I leave on no shelf

If abortion,
And sexual discrimination,
are the main issues
On which a president is elected,
Many moldy minds
Need to be disinfected

What about those
Who die at our border,
Due to warped moral values
Of a presidential, glory hoarder

And there are our homeless,
Increasing in numbers,
With no place to live
Or safely slumber

Add to the unacceptable pile
Our victims of endless conflicts,
So the military-industrial complex
Can reap financial benefits

My soul is Catholic
My mind so confused,
How can limited,
Single-minded Catholics
Our world family so abuse

As a cradle-Catholic
No need for confusion,
From the cradle to the cross
Christ, cast no elusion

His love
Not exclusive,
Or abusive,
His life’s message
Remains totally inclusive

No single issue
Dominated His love,
His blended message,
Calls us, to rise above


Jueves, 27 Febrero 2020 19:36

Everyday Spiritual Readings

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Paula Schaffner – CA Central Coast Chapter

A Review of God Lifts – Everyday Gifts*
By Patty Ward, Mary Moritz, and Peggy Wescott

I was delighted to receive a copy of this book from Mary Moritz after she mentioned that she and two of her sisters had collaborated on it. Mary, the Affiliates’ Southeast Regional Coordinator, has always spoken incisively, and her clear thinking shines through in her writing.

Thinking I would like to post a review, I had two problems with this book. The first was that I didn’t want to just read it from front to back; it’s a book to be savored in daily sips. So I decided to spend three weeks reading the first seven entries from each sister. The second problem is that there are not enough entries for a full year. This lack can only be solved by starting over from the beginning once I have read all 183 entries, which would probably be very worthwhile.

I have read other collections of spiritual readings, such as in Lenten or Advent guides, and always had to work to put myself into the author’s frame of reference. God Lifts – Everyday Gifts speaks to my lifestyle; all three authors share memories or situations they encountered as parents, grandparents, or members of communities, and I immediately recognize where they are coming from. Then they find God in those small events of their daily lives. They show me how a precocious grandchild can reflect the goodness of God, or how an insect in the car can be God’s gift of slowing one down enough to avoid a collision.

The final line on each reading is a text, whisper, or smile—a message of a few words, how they imagine God would respond to their reflection, making it feel more like a two-way conversation.

Now, as I continue reading the rest of the stories, I am learning to recognize God’s presence in my own simple, everyday experiences. God speaks to each of us in languages we can understand.

*Sold on Amazon:  amazon.com/s?k=god+Lifts+Everyday+Gifts&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss


Jueves, 27 Febrero 2020 19:07

Maryknoll Mission Institute – 2020

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Once again, a rich slate of powerful speakers is offered. To view the programs available from May 10th through July 31, 2020, go to maryknollsisters.org/maryknoll-mission-institute.

If you’re in New York for MAC 2020, a week at the MMI would be a valuable add-on. You may register online or request an application form by:

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Phone: 914-941-7575 @ 5671

Mail: Maryknoll Mission Institute
Maryknoll Sisters
PO Box 311, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311


Viernes, 03 Enero 2020 06:50

Quo Vadis: The Next Step

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Bill Murphy – Boston Chapter

The half-day workshop, Quo Vadis – Where Are You Going?....The Next Step, consists of exercises to assist individuals in debriefing any cross-cultural immersion experiences they may have had—not just international, but also socio-economic or ethnic or religious encounters within their own country. Reflective, inspiring, and practical all at the same time, Quo Vadis helps participants shape their unfolding future.

Quo Vadis can benefit existing sending organizations:

  • High school immersion programs
  • College study-abroad and shorter-term immersion programs
  • Parishes or faith-based groups and sister parishes
  • Peace Corps and other governmental and nongovernmental agencies.

Having enlisted the help of the Maryknoll Affiliate Board and Regional Coordinators in marketing Quo Vadis, I now ask all of you to contact groups you know like those described above.

If you need more information or your Affiliate Chapter wants to promote Quo Vadis, please talk with your Regional Coordinator or an Affiliate Board Member, or contact me, Bill Murphy, at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.

Whatever you can do or dream,
you can begin it.
Boldness has genius, power & magic in it.


Viernes, 03 Enero 2020 04:41

Being Myself

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Bob Maxwell – Cincinnati Chapter, deceased 2017

Why can’t I allow my own love and self-gift and Christlikeness.
Why do we deny our saintliness?

It is destructive to compare myself with others, both when I seem better and when I seem worse. I seem to be most me when I am alone doing nothing. Then I cannot compare.

Help me, Jesus, to be who I am, not who I imagine others want me to be.
I sometimes try to be someone who does not exist.


Jueves, 31 Octubre 2019 03:21

Quick Quiz

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The world view of the indigenous people of the Amazon can best be characterized as: 

a.) Pagan

b.) Pantheistic

c.) Panentheistic

Answer: You’ll find it in the article, “God in all things: Synod looks at indigenous ‘theology of creation'." 

To learn more about the Amazon Synod, go to the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns website (https://maryknollogc.org/resources/resources-synod-amazon).

Miércoles, 30 Octubre 2019 22:56

Maryknoll Mission  Institute – 2020

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Once again, The Maryknoll Sisters are offering a varied slate of programs. Which one will most enrich your life?

These are the programs for May through July 2020, all of which run Sunday through Friday:

May 10-15 Finding God in—of all Things:  Our Age-ing!
Robert Weber, PhD 

May 17-22 Journey to the Heart: Falling in Love with Earth
Sr. Sharon Zayac, OP

May 31-June 5 Where to from here? Radical Changes in Thought and Practice
Michael Morwood, MA

June 7-12 Loving Water Across Religions
Elizabeth McAnally, PhD

June 14-19 40th Anniversary of Martyrdom of Church Women in El Salvador
Eileen Markey and Others                  

June 21-26 Creating Religious Life for the 21st Century
Bro. Seán Sammon, FMS, PhD

July 12-17 Call To Personal and Global Transformation
Edwina Gateley, MA

July 19-24 Women at the Well: Agents of Change, Shapers of the World
Maureen H. O’Connell, PhD

July 26-31 Finding a Way in the Wilderness: Drawing Courage through the Art of Film
Fr. Larry Lewis, PhD

Learn more about these programs and register online at: maryknoll-mission-institute
         OR request an application form by:

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Phone: 914-941-7575 @ 5671
Mail: Maryknoll Mission Institute
     Maryknoll Sisters
     PO Box 311
     Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311


Miércoles, 30 Octubre 2019 22:43

A Prayer from "Canticle of the Creatures"

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By St Francis of Assisi

Praise to God with all the creatures,

Especially Brother Sun,

Who is the day that gives us light.

And the sun is beautiful and radiant with great

Bearing God’s likeness.

Praise for our Sister moon and the stars

In the heavens bright, precious, and fair.

Praise for our Brothers Wind and Air,

And fair and stormy, all weather’s moods,

That cherish all creation.

Praise for our Sister Water,

So useful, humble, precious and pure.

Praise for our Brother Fire,

Who lights the nights and is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.

Praise for our Sister,

Mother Earth,

Who sustains and governs us,

Producing varied fruits with colored flowers and

Praise for those who grant pardon out of love.

Blessed are those who endure in peace.

Jueves, 22 Agosto 2019 22:35

Short-Term Mission Opportunity

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Dick Horstman – Houston Chapter

The Benedictine Sisters of Boerne have a mission house in Eagle Pass, Texas, across the Rio Grande from Piedras Negras, Mexico. Sister Ursula Herrera is the only Sister at the house. Last December, the Sisters converted the house to a migrant respite shelter. 

The migrants are delivered to the house around 7:00 in the evening. Sister feeds them dinner, gives them a change of clothes, and they sleep one night at the house. Sister feeds them breakfast the next morning, and they are then picked up at 9:00 AM to travel to San Antonio. Sister needs help cooking, washing bedding, making beds, cleaning and sorting clothes, buying groceries, etc. She averages approximately 28 migrants a night.

Sister does not have room for a group of volunteers. She has a very nice apartment with a full bath in a detached garage for two volunteers.   It is an ideal setup for a couple.

Because Sister Ursula is very busy, if you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact me, Dick Horstman, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..

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