Items filtered by date: July 2017
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."