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Wednesday, 23 December 2015 23:54

40 Years of MKLM

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Lucy Leety-Wheeler – MKLM Public Relations

Ossining NY: At their August, 2015, 40th Anniversary celebration, the Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) highlighted mission outreach in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, emphasizing that all are united in God’s mission. Approximately 150 guests, including other Maryknollers and friends and supporters of MKLM, heard Dr. Susan Nagele’s views on Leading by Example: Shaping the Future of Mission.*

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 22:43

Reverse Mission*

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Jesus, perhaps disappointingly, gives no abstract theory of social justice. Instead, Jesus makes his life a concrete parable about how to live in this world. He demands of his first followers that they be living witnesses to a simple life on the edge of the dominant consciousness.

Jesus did not call us to the poor and to the pain only to be helpful; he called us to be in solidarity with the real, for our own transformation. It is often only after the fact we realize that they helped us in ways we never knew we needed. This is sometimes called “reverse mission.” The ones we think we are “saving” end up saving us, and in the process, redefine the very meaning of salvation!

Only near the poor, close to “the tears of things” as the Roman poet Virgil puts it, in solidarity with suffering, can we understand ourselves, love one another well, imitate Jesus, and live his full Gospel. The view from the top of anything is distorted by misperception, illusions, fear of falling, and a radical disconnection from the heart. You cannot risk staying there long.

As Thomas Merton said, “People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.”

*Used with permission. Italics added.  Excerpted from the August 26, 2015, reflection available from the Center for Action and Contemplation. To receive daily reflections by email, go to https://cac.org/sign-up.   This reflection was adapted from Richard Rohr’s Dancing Standing Still: Healing the World from a Place of Prayer (Paulist Press: 2014).
 
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 20:51

This Year I Resolve to Read More!

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Orbis Books recommends and has sent copies of:

        All Shall Be Well: Readings for Lent and Easter 

     Faith & Joy: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Priest by Fr. Fernando Cardenal

If you would like to write a review of one of these books, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 20:47

Year of Mercy

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To celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy, from December 8, 2015, through November 20, 2016, the end of the liturgical year and Feast of Christ the King, the Catholic Church around the world will proclaim God’s love and mercy, invoking God’s blessings and pardon. 

During the Year of Mercy, as missionary disciples through Baptism, you are invited to share mercy moments that you have witnessed or acts of mercy that you have offered to or received from others. The Maryknoll magazine will publish some submissions throughout the jubilee year. Mercy moments also can be posted to a special Maryknoll Mercy Moments web page: www.maryknollsociety.org/mercymoments

 

Excerpted from Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers’ Year of Mercy press release dated Dec. 7, 2015.
Saturday, 31 October 2015 19:06

Russell D. Carll—We Miss Him

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Matt Rousso – New Orleans Chapter

The Affiliates of New Orleans mourned the death of one of our very well liked and respected New members in early October. Though he, along with his wife Angela, was an Affiliate for only three short years, he always chided Matt for not inviting him to join the Maryknoll Affiliates earlier.

Besides being a good Affiliate, Russ was very active in many civic and church affairs. One of his friends described the Russ we knew: “He modeled what it was to be a Christian without pretension. He loved life; he loved people; he loved his family. ‘Professor Past,’ his clown name, was generous with his time and loved not only to entertain but to visit with those in the nursing homes. Sometimes faced with difficult choices, love was always the deciding factor.” 

We all miss him!

 

 

Saturday, 31 October 2015 18:03

Hunthausen’s Struggles

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Al Drinkwine – Seattle Chapter

A review of:  A Still and Quiet Conscience,  by John A. McCoy, Orbis Books

If you seek factual insight into how papal policy, teamed with political power, can instill fear as it controls the populace, then John A. McCoy’s book, A Still and Quiet Conscience—The Archbishop Who Challenged a Pope, a President, and a Church, should be at the top of your Must Read list.

Saturday, 31 October 2015 17:58

Pope Francis Prays

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Pope Francis, asking us to pray with him, has suggested these special intentions:

November: That we may be open to personal encounter and dialogue with all, even those whose convictions differ from our own.

 

December: That all may experience the mercy of God, who never tires of forgiving.

Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00

Affiliates from Lima in Maryknoll Magazine

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See the August 2015 Maryknoll Magazine for a story about and quotes from several Maryknoll Affiliates in Lima, Peru. US Affiliates met some of these Affiliates from Peru at the 2014 Maryknoll Affiliates Conference in New York. 

Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00

Pray with Pope Francis

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Pope Francis, asking us to pray with him, has suggested these special intentions:

        September: That opportunities for education and employment may increase for all young people.

 

       October: That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.

Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00

Mission Institute 2015 – CALIFORNIA

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A forum of adult learning and reflection on world church and mission

Upcoming events:

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, see: http://maryknollsisters.org/maryknoll-mission-institute.

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