Deepen our compassion, O God.
You are the judge, not us.
Our sister left behind home, family, culture, language
When she fled to protect her life,
her children, their future,
As greed and power ravaged her nation.
Our brother asked for refuge,
A refuge promised by the UN and the US,
But we welcomed him with detention,
Separation from loved ones.
Teach us to walk a mile in their sandals
And be moved to indignation and action.
Stretch our compassion, O God,
To embrace those
Who see this reality differently.
Move us beyond entrenched beliefs,
Inspire us to creative responses
And justice that restores relationships
And hope for all.
May those who knock at our door
Seeking refuge and hope,
Who are met with condemnation and walls
by this nation,
May they challenge us
To live our baptismal promise to the Gospel,
And may they judge us with compassion
when we fail.
Note: This prayer first appeared in the Maryknoll Lay Missioners’ Voices of Compassion, Spring 2019. Reprinted with permission.
What do orange water, coal dust, and American chestnut tree seedlings have to do with Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter Laudato Si?
Join the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers from August 5-9 on our annual immersion trip/pilgrimage to the holy land of Appalachia to find out.
This 5-day immersion trip, in collaboration with Glenmary missioner Father John Rausch, who has lived and ministered in Appalachia for decades and is an expert on the issues there, includes:
Estimated cost: $650.00 This includes room, breakfasts, lunches and transportation. Dinners are the responsibility of the participants. We will begin the trip in Lexington, Kentucky, and travel through the nearby Appalachian region.Participants are responsible for their travel to and from Lexington, KY
Judy Pinney of Walla Walla, Washington, writes: Currently, we are working with our Catholic Social Concerns Committee on holding a possible bilingual prayer service to Our Lady of Guadalupe to pray for immigrants and asylum seekers. Our parish is over half Hispanic yet has been virtually silent regarding what is happening at the border and the call for Catholics/Christians to support immigrants. Some of us from both the Anglo and Hispanic communities have come up with a format for this possible service using materials from the USCCB website and are contacting the pastor this week for approval. If this comes to fruition, we would be happy to share the meeting outline with you in case any of you would like to use it in your parishes or in one of your meetings.
NSFA editor Paula Schaffner responds: My parish needs opportunities to bring our Anglo and Hispanic communities together, too. We’ll be looking forward to receiving your meeting outline!
Hugh Menton, Regional Coordinator for California, suggests: In the spirit of Affiliate connections and global vision, Jean [Hugh’s wife] prepared for our Affiliate meeting potluck the New Zealand-origin dish, Bean & Tomato Stew—Square Edge, that you [Paula Schaffner] shared in an email to your Chapter participants and copied me some time ago. It was delicious, as all in our Chapter who attended today’s meeting testified.
Has NSFA ever included an international potluck item recipe column? My impression is that almost every Chapter gathers around food and it is an easy avenue to introduce global awareness.
NSFA editors respond: We agree that sharing food can both build community and increase global awareness. We’ll start with this issue—look for the Potluck Recipe Exchange on page 8. It will also appear in occasional future issues.
So Many Books, So Little Time...
Because of a light response and busy schedules, Book Group 2019 is being delayed until fall.
Be with us at the
Maryknoll Affiliate Conference!
SAVE THE DATE:
June 25-28, 2020
The site, Graymoor Spiritual Life Center at Garrison, NY has easy access from the Metro-North train line and is less than 25 minutes from the Maryknoll Center.
A small, initial Planning Team of Celine Woznica (Chicago Central), Ginny McEvoy (Long Island) and Bob Short (Greater Boston) will provide updates as plans evolve.
Watch for invitations to contribute your skills and help make this conference memorable in the fine MAC tradition!
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Another View of Leadership
Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matter Movement founder, says, “We are not leaderless, we are leader-full.” ...It is difficult to infiltrate, undermine, or disrupt an organic movement that draws its power from regenerating communal cells.
—Richard Rohr, 4/13/18
What makes America great?
Military might or material wealth?
Democratic ideals or Republican values?
Freedom to say and be and do what you please?
A history of helping those in need?
The right to criticize elected officials and
government policies without fear?
The peace in which to worship God
or the choice not to believe at all?
Tolerance for those who disagree?
All, some or none of the above?
What makes America different?
That we are a nation without faults or
that we have the wisdom and courage
to acknowledge and correct them?
That we close our minds and borders
or that we welcome all who come
—as once we or our ancestors did—
seeking freedom and a better life?
That in America all must think, talk, eat,
dress, act, love, pray and live alike?
Or that each individual can pursue
his or her own vision of happiness?
What makes America different?
Our tolerance for differences.
Diversity makes America great.
Diversity makes America strong.
Each addition to our ranks enriches
and empowers the whole.
We hold these truths to be self-evident.
Reprinted from Maryknoll magazine Vol 89, Number 7, 1995, Maryknollmagazine.org.
They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way
(now read from bottom to top)
Reprinted with permission.
Rev. Eugenia Gamble, pastor of Nipomo Community Presbyterrian Church, Nipomo, CA, adapted this prayer from an old monastic blessing. She closes the organizational meetings for a newly forming local interfaith coalition on immigration with it.
May God bless you with discomfort with easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you will live deeply and from the heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and the exploitation of people, so that you will work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those that mourn, so that you will reach out your hand to them and turn their mourning into joy.
And may God bless you with just enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in the world, so that you will do those things that others say cannot be done.
Recipe: Bean & Tomato Stew—Square Edge
Shared by: Paula Schaffner – California Central Coast Chapter
For eight months in 1986, the David Schaffner family experienced life in Palmerston North, New Zealand, through a sabbatical exchange. One treat was having lunch at the vegetarian restaurant in the Square Edge Building—so named because it sits on the edge of the city center square.
Living in New Zealand gave us a taste for crossing borders, and bringing home some Kiwi recipes has helped keep alive memories of our life there. Now I make this bean stew occasionally for our at-home dinners or as an easy make-ahead dish for potlucks.
Bean & Tomato Stew – Square Edge
Contributed by Paula Schaffner
(Adapted from a recipe we enjoyed at the Square Edge Cafe, a great vegetarian café in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
The Square Edge Café shared its favorite recipes in a booklet.)
Put the ingredients into a crockpot (or large casserole dish) in the following order:
¼ Cup Oil
½ Cup Onions, sliced
2 Carrots, chopped in large chunks
3 Celery stalks, sliced
1 Cup Mushrooms
2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Garlic powder
1 tsp. Thyme (or dried basil)
2 tsp. Paprika
1 16 oz. can Garbanzo beans
1 16 oz. can Great White Northern beans
1 16 oz. can Pinto beans
1 Cup Tomato puree (or 1 16 oz. can diced tomatoes, blended)
½ Cup Sugar
¼ Cup Red wine
2 Bay leaves
Cover and simmer in crockpot (or low oven) for 4 hours.
The Affiliate Book Group resumes April 2019!
Come join us. We suggest reading and discussing ~
edited by Marie Dennis
and time for a weekly telephone conversation, and any
additional books or authors you’d like us to consider.
How do you participate in your chapter?
Your chapter appreciates your involvement!
Come - move your feet,
Take that step
subdue that fear of being
different uncomfortable vulnerable.
Being a stranger goes both ways –
through the threshold of this hut/home
new worlds open
Karibu, calls -
what do you hear?
what do you do?
*a Swahili greeting of welcome in East Africa
Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Help us to recognize the evil latent in a communication that does not build communion.
Help us to remove the venom from our judgements.
Help us to speak about others as our brothers and sisters.
You are faithful and trustworthy; may our words be seeds of goodness for the world:
where there is shouting, let us practice listening;
where there is confusion, let us inspire harmony;
where there is ambiguity, let us bring clarity;
where there is exclusion, let us offer solidarity;
where there is sensationalism, let us use sobriety;
where there is superficiality, let us raise real questions;
where there is prejudice, let us awaken trust;
where there is hostility, let us bring respect;
where there is falsehood, let us bring truth.
Several Affiliates have found Mission Institute programs
to be rich sources of strength and inspiration.
Which Mission Institute 2019 offering speaks to you?
May 12-17 All the Light We Need – Sr. Nancy Schreck, OSF, D.Min
May 19-24 Oasis in the Overwhelmed – Millie Grenough, MAT
June 7-9 Mission Empowered by Love – Marie Dennis, MA
50th Jubilee Celebration of Mission Institute – Carolyn Woo, PhD
June 16-21 Traveling the Road to Joy with Thomas Merton and Friends – Christine Bochen, PhD
June 23-28 Mission Inter Gentes: Egalitarian Missiology for the 21st Century - Diarmuid O’Murchu, MSC
July 7-12 Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality – Rev. John Philip Newell, PhD, and Cami Twilling
July 14-19 Teilhard and Struggle: Drawn to the Road of Fire – Sr. Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, PhD
July 21-26 Sacred Heart of the Cosmos: Mission Spirit in Modern Time – Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS, MFA
September: Programs in California
Find the complete schedule through September and application forms at:
Register online or request an application form by:
Phone: 914-941-7575 @ 5671
Mail: Maryknoll Mission Institute
PO Box 311
Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311
Have you had an inspiring experience on a FAB trip? Do you know someone who may make a great lay missioner? We invite you to join one of our upcoming webinars—with me! I will share some of my experiences in Cambodia, as well as all the nuts and bolts of becoming a lay missioner.
The upcoming webinars are:
November 15, 5pm EST – login to zoom.us/j/995940923
December 2, 11am EST – login to zoom.us/j/326958422
Everyday life and all it takes are holy.
Every single breath is & gift of God. Every exhale is an act of trust.
How close am I to God?
“As the Father is in me, so also am I in you.”
—From the jottings of Bob Maxwell,