Tuesday, 29 August 2017 00:15

Buen Vivir Inspires Heartfelt Strategies

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Rosa Beatriz, the lead person on the Guatemalan Conference Committee planning for MAC 2017, asked a few registrants to respond to two of three questions. Some respondents shared their answers with Executive Coordinator Bob Short. Below are parts of three Affiliates’ responses to one of her 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?

Bob Short described these comments as “…Whole-hearted, transformative strategies that help bring us back to what can bring peace and harmony in our world.”

Dennise Burgess—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.

Dan Heuer—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.

Marie Wren—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.”

 

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