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Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00

Prayers to Light the Way

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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). 

Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00


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Don Foran – Friend of the Affiliates

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.


“Attribution” appeared in America, (Feb. 8, 1992)
Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00

14th Century Author—Good News for Today

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Marie Venner – Denver Chapter

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.  

Thursday, 01 January 2015 00:00


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For all those who see “home” and all it means Disappear behind them;
For all those who cannot see a home In the days ahead of them;
For all those who dwell in Daily insecurity;

Thursday, 01 January 2015 00:00


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Bertha Haas – Portland Chapter A Review of: Jesus Was a Migrant, by Deirdre Cornell, Orbis (40% off all books for Affiliates!)

book coverNeed a book that is at once personal and theological? Or both easy reading and extremely challenging? Both academic and intimate? This is the book for you.

Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00

Hope, the energy of seeking!

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 Board Member Ann Hayden, MM, made this bookmark for the Maryknoll Affiliates gathered at MAC 2014.

The Lure of Hope

The land of expectation lies neglected, worn and used... leaving only starlit dust sparkling against the surrounding backdrop of dense unknowing, just beyond.

Hope, the energy of seeking, lures us to set off on a sacred search along uneven roads in unfamiliar places to encounter that space of creative eagerness, which rises in the depth of all that members the earth and awaits the seed of tomorrow’s fruit.

Each day, each now, whether in the fresh anticipation of dawn or in the weary silence of the midnight hour, we are stilled to hear life murmuring in each new place where, in the familiar rich earth of every place we’ve ever known, we recognize life’s connections and hope blooms lovely in our midst.


Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00

A Maryknoll Book of Poetry

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A Maryknoll Book of Poetry: Beauty, Truth, and Goodness from Around the World

Editors: Michael Leach, Doris Goodnough,
and Helen Phillips

About a year ago Doris Goodnough sent a request to the NSFA for submissions to this book of poetry, which is now available.  Order it and see whose poetry is included. As always, Orbis provides a generous discount to Affiliates.

OrbisBooks.com describes the book as inspired wisdom from writers on every continent to enrich people of every religious tradition. The collection includes poems by Carlo Carretto, Joan Chittister, Thich Nhat Hanh, Edwina Gateley, Ernesto Cardenal, Dorothee Soelle, Robert Morneau, David Steindl-Rast, Joyce Rupp, John Shea, Miriam Therese Winter, Daniel Berrigan and many others.

Michael Leach is author of I Like Being Catholic and Why Stay Catholic? Doris Goodnough is assistant to the publisher of Orbis Books. Helen Phillips, MM, is a Maryknoll Sister who has served in Peru, Bolivia, Nigeria, and Australia.



Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00

The Lord said, “Go”

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This reflection was movingly presented by Noel Krebs (Goshen) and Mary Beth Buchner (Albany). 

And the Lord said, “Go!

        and I said, “Who, me:”

        and God said, “Yes you!

Saturday, 05 July 2014 00:00

My Mission is…

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The Pillar of Spirituality

We pray with and for those in mission and those in need, for our earth, and for the softening of our own hearts.

Reflecting on the conference theme that we are the “Third Wave” of mission, MAC 2014 attendees wrote their personal missions on the backs of “wave” cards and hung them in our communal prayer space.

Saturday, 05 July 2014 00:00

The Pillar of Spirituality

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We pray with and for those in mission and those in need, for our earth, and for the softening of our own hearts.

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