Some people enter our lives
slipping in and out
of the woods.
They touch our earth
and as we stop
to look at them
they disappear as quietly
as they came
But you feel blessed
for having experienced
their gentle presence
And you give thanks
that the world
is a better place
because of the joy
—Sr. Joan Metzner, MM
Reno Affiliate Ellie Hays, a military veteran, former pit boss at Harrah’s Casino, special friend of the Maryknoll Sisters, and a dedicated advocate for peace and justice, has made it her personal mission to give laminated prayer cards to whomever she thinks needs some special attention.
This poem is one of her favorites. Sr. Joan Metzner, who was on mission in Japan, passed away December 31, 2004.
A review of Christianity and the Political Order: Conflict, Cooptation, and Cooperation, by Kenneth R Himes, published by Orbis, 2013.
Himes traces the relationship between church and state from Old Testament times to post-Vatican II. After defining terms, he relates the tug-of-war, each trying to achieve dominance until finally arriving at democracy and separation of church and state under the US Constitution. Then in the final portion of the book, Himes discusses contemporary issues that involve both the government and religion, emphasizing the evolution in the Catholic Church’s teaching.
A forum of adult learning and reflection on world church and mission
July 5-10 Albino Barrera, OP – Everyday Holiness: Sacred Scripture’s Teaching on Economic Life
July 12-17 Ched Myers, MA – Denial or Discipleship? Bioregional Theology and Practice in a World
of Ecological Ultimatums
July 19-24 Antoinette (Nonie) Gutzler, MM – Compassion: Witness to Love
Sept. 16-19 Edwina Gateley, MA – Our Call to Personal and Global Transformation (Los Altos, CA)
Sept. 20-25 Edwina Gateley, MA – Soul Sisters: Women Called to Connect, Bond and Heal in a Broken World (Monrovia, CA)
For details, visit http://maryknollsisters.org/maryknoll-mission-institute.
“We are created to read the book of creation
so that we may know the Author of Life.”-
—Ilia Delio, OSF
For Sister Madeline Dorsey, it was a day in which she and another Maryknoll Sister were placed on the front lines of that march, representing the Black doctors who worked with them at Queen of the World Hospital, the nation’s first interracial hospital, located in Kansas City, MO.
Read the back story of her involvement in the May/June issue of Maryknoll magazine, page 20.
Prior to January 2015, few people in the Philippines had heard of Mamasapano, a small municipality on the southern island of Mindanao...
Read the complete article at: http://www.maryknollogc.org/article/philippines-mamasapano-clash-threatens-peace.
*A returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner who served for several years as the Executive
Coordinator of the Maryknoll Affiliates, Fred has returned to the Philippines
and now works with the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation, Inc.
Pope Francis, asking us to pray with him, has suggested these special intentions:
That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbors who suffer, especially the sick and the poor.
That immigrants and refugees may find welcome and respect in the countries to which they come.
Each of us
has a Red Sea
Problems so terrifying
no exit we see
When placing our requests
on wings to Thee
Then trusting God,
He parts our sea
Providing safe passage
for you and me
No need to fear
the pounding waves
of life’s problem sea
Upon placing our lives
in the hands of Thee
A review of Julian’s Gospel: Illuminating the Life & Revelations of Julian of Norwich,
by Veronica Mary Rolf, published by Orbis*, 2013.
Veronica Mary Rolf is a most interesting writer. A recent podcast with America magazine reveals she spent much of her life in the professional theatre, as a playwright and actress. She also trained and directed professional actors around the world. Now, Rolf teaches Christian meditation and the history of Christian mysticism. She brings her dramatic sensibility and vivid descriptions of Julian’s context and time to Julian’s Gospel in a unique approach to the favorite spiritual guide of Thomas Merton, Richard Rohr, and many others.
If I can feel the wood and know who’s whittled,
Read paragraphs and know the author’s name,
Can hear one riff and know Grapelli’s fiddled,
Or sense in silhouettes the dancing flame,
Why can’t I scan for style erratic lines
And temperamental scribbling on earth’s page:
Consistent inconsistencies, design,
Caprice, rich legacies of tenderness and rage?
Perhaps the world I cherish is chaotic,
Perhaps its pedagogy is insane,
But if it is sufficiently quixotic,
The signature, for students, will be plain.
Ah, crazy-witty worldlings, pitch a tent,
Absorbing and translating sacrament.
As an NGO with UN consultative status, Maryknoll was present at events aligned with the UN Climate Change Conference held in Lima, Peru in December 2014. World leaders are working to establish the fundamentals of a strong, global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, hopefully to be finalized in Paris in 2015.
The faith-based coalition OurVoices organized #LightForLIMA, a global, multi-faith prayer vigil held in locations around the world prior to the Lima Conference. They now invite us to join in prayers from our Ambassadors to inspire us for the road to Paris (http://ourvoices.net/limaprayers).
Maryknoll is one of nearly 100 Catholic national and international member groups in the newly formed Global Catholic Climate Movement (http://catholicclimatemovement.global/fast/).
This coalition of laity, religious, clergy, theologians, scientists, and activists agree with scientific findings that humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions contribute to widespread and mostly harmful changes to planetary systems. Its focus is on the moral and spiritual issues involved, and to raise awareness of Church teachings on the care of creation.
What was the magic of their secret?
Was it the memory of the busy and noisy, strange City?
Was it the color and beauty of exotic flowers and sunsets?
Was it the unbelievable sweetness and richness of wines grown and ripened on the other side of the globe?
Was it the aftertaste of the spices which strange foods had left on their tongues?
What was it all about?
Was it the laughter echoing through their souls?
Was it a song, a melody?
Was it just a memory of the face they could not forget?
Was it a smile that had warmed their hearts?
Who will ever know?
So they returned to their cobblers’ benches and broken shoes...
To their trading stores and wares...
To their oxen, ploughs, and farms...
To their sick-houses and their dying...
To their schools and books and students.
And it followed them.
Because now it had gone to their very center.
Somehow they lived on. But...sometimes they still wondered...and
THEY WERE NEVER THE SAME AGAIN!
Like many Affiliates, I have an indelible memory of hearing that President Kennedy had been shot. On November 22, 2013, in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Kennedy's assassination, we and people across the country, including some at the SOA Watch Vigil in Columbus GA, attended Readers Theater performances of Project Unspeakable. ProjectUnspeakable.org was inspired by the Orbis hardcover book, JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, by James W. Douglass.