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Saturday, 23 June 2018 20:46

We Are Corn and Beans

Written by

Daniel Caño – Mayan Spiritual Guide

Here we are.

I am the corn

and you are the bean plant.

Your roots intertwine

with mine

underground,

and embracing

we flourish together

in this field

that is life.

Originally published in Daniel Caño’s Spanish/Mayan/English book of 
poetry, Savage Prayer. Reprinted with permission.

 

Saturday, 23 June 2018 18:43

A Buen Vivir Lent

Written by

Patty Hinton – Midwest Regional Coordinator, St. Louis Chapter

Buen Vivir—“living in harmony and equilibrium with the cycles of Mother Earth, the cosmos, and life in all its forms,” caused me to reflect on Lent in some different ways.  This Lent, we might do a few things to connect with all creation:

Take a walk at least once a week and appreciate the beauty of nature—listen and let it speak to your heart.

Connect with an Affiliate you don’t know well—if possible, someone outside your own country.

Read a book and reflect/pray on our connection with all  life. Check out Orbis books (http://www.orbisbooks.com) for some ideas.

Make it a point to use that leftover food and be conscious of not wasting.

Try a vegetarian life-style, if possible during all of Lent, or at least more often than on Fridays.

Fast more frequently, in varying degrees: skip lunch and send the money saved to Maryknoll projects.

Contact your state/local representatives and stand up against injustice. Many issues are described at the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, maryknollogc.org.

Read NSFA or NTLH cover to cover, and pray for those mentioned.

Volunteer at a homeless shelter or food pantry/outreach program in your area.

May some of these ideas, and other ways you think of to connect with creation during Lent, bring a sense of new life to you this Easter.

 

Six hundred ICAN campaigners gather in Vienna ahead of the conference.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons opened for signature at United Nations headquarters in New York on 20 September 2017 and will remain open indefinitely. Once 50 nations have ratified or acceded to it, it will enter into force. The US has not yet ratified.

This prayer service is derived from Pax Christi International’s Interfaith Prayer Service for Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Negotiations, conducted on March 28, 2017, at the Isaiah Wall, NYC. Your chapter might use it at a chapter meeting or arrange an interfaith prayer service in your area.

Saturday, 23 June 2018 16:45

Spread the Word

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Sr. Arlene Trant MM, recently returned from mission in Macau, reached out to us for ideas and help with Mission Education in the US, her new assignment with the Maryknoll Sisters. She offers a few areas for brainstorming:

  • Get Maryknoll magazine to schools/parishes?
  • Diocesan Mission Office—aware of Maryknoll?
  • Mission education in Catholic schools?
  • Maryknoll related service hours for confirmation
  • Work with Catholic colleges/universities or Newman Centers/campus ministers?

We will be talking with her and developing ideas. If you could help, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Saturday, 23 June 2018 15:58

Remembering Affiliates

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These Maryknoll Affiliates passed away in 2017:

Warren Bowhall, Albany Chapter, April 17

Mary D’Arcy, Subway Chapter, NY, August 2

Carrolyn Williams, New Jersey Chapter, September 16

If we have missed someone in your chapter, or to report future deaths, please contact Bob Short (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to include their names in an annual Mass of Remembrance.

Monday, 28 August 2017 22:56

Last Call for Readers!

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This fall, book groups will be reading Trails of Hope and Terror by Miguel de la Torre (http://www.orbisbooks.com/trails-of-hope-and-terror.html). The seven conference call “meetings” run from Sept. 8th (Friday 1:00 pm ET … 10:00 am PT) through October 20th. Email Bob Short: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Join us if you can!

 

Monday, 28 August 2017 19:58

Berrigan’s Letter speaks to Affiliates

Written by

Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

We are teachers of the people who have come on a new vision of things. We struggle to embody that vision day after day, to make it a reality among those we live with, so that people are literally disarmed by knowing us; so that their fear of change, their dread of life are exorcised, and their dread of human differences slowly expunged.
—Daniel Berrigan, The Village Voice

Priest, peace activist, poet, and felon, Dan Berrigan, SJ,  passed away peacefully at age 90 in 2016, but he is not forgotten.

Monday, 28 August 2017 18:34

Accept, But Work

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Affiliate Nancy MacFarland brought John Records to the editors’ attention by reposting his thoughts (shared below) on her Facebook page. When we inquired, she told us, “John Records is an inspiring man who had lived in our community (Petaluma, CA) for many years. He created a homeless shelter that comprehensively met the needs of homeless people in a holistic way which became a model for other shelter programs. He is a spiritually centered person who has deeply touched the lives of all those around him.”

I’ve given a lot of thought to the message that follows, knowing it may offend some. It’s not meant to be political. I ask those who take offense to look into my heart and recall what I stand for.

At age 66, I’ve been involved in many social changes and movements: opposing the Vietnam war, marching against nuclear arms, teaching meditation to people with HIV/AIDS when it was untreatable, working against the tobacco industry’s campaigns to hook children, working for homeless folks, and now supporting dying people and those who care for them. I’ve been stretched to what I thought was my limit and beyond many times.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 01:01

Book Groups to Reconvene

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What book would you like to read next? Both current and potential book discussion group members are invited to suggest titles. We have found Orbis Books (www.orbisbooks.com) to be an excellent source, with the advantage of their 40% discount for Maryknoll Affiliates and book group members.

The next book group session begins in September. Readers will be contacted by email to help choose the book and their preferred meeting time. Previously, book groups met via free conference calls on Tuesday or Friday mornings or Sunday evenings. Additional times can be arranged if a person volunteers to act as contact person. To add your name to the list of readers and receive book group emails, to suggest a book, or to volunteer as a contact person, please email Bob Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 02:13

Feeling Bookish?

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  • Book Group: If you want to participate in a new Affiliate Book Group in the fall, or if you would be able to coordinate a book group, contact Executive Coordinator Bob Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Book Suggestions: Post your ideas for a good summer read at the Maryknoll Affiliates Facebook page. If you have a suggestion for a book for next fall’s book group, contact Bob.

  • Book Reviews: The NSFA would love to publish your book review – tell us what you liked or didn’t like about your latest read. Send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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