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  • The Way of Connection Second Week of Lent 2019 By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission   &ldq [ ... ]
    The Way of Connection Second Week of Lent 2019
    By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission

     

    “But I say to you who listen, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. …. Do to others as you would have them do to you. … expecting nothing in return… Be merciful, just as our God is merciful. Do not judge, do not condemn, Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you; …The good person brings good things out of the good treasure of the heart; the evil person brings evil things out of evil. What comes out of the mouth is what’s overflowing in the heart.” (Luke 6: 27-28, 31, 36-38; 45)

    It is said that confession is good for the soul, so I am confessing here that I was never taught to read the Bible and I don’t read scripture daily. With that said, I can share that I am still surprised when life lessons “appear” in scripture just when I need it. My most recent aha came as I was reflecting on what collaboration really means and what it really involves.

    The definition of collaboration is simple, two or more people/groups working together toward a common or shared purpose. The practice of collaborating on the other hand, is much more challenging. Collaboration happens when we know in our whole being that we are connected to all others and to all of creation. It happens when we take the time to listen to different voices, and to assure that all contributions are valued. Collaboration happens when our words and actions are congruent. Collaboration happens when we focus on nurturing the relational energy between the distinct parts and not on the parts.

    A collaborative mindset leads to a collaborative culture. The attributes of a collaborative mindset include many of the teachings of Jesus that are the most difficult to hear and even more difficult to follow. It begins with an open and humble heart and mind. It breaks down when we believe our ideas are the only way, and that “we know best.” To create a collaborative environment, we must be open to other perspectives and ways of doing things. All too frequently time and tradition cloud the lens from which we view things. We become so accustomed to our ways that we fail to see possibilities for the new, the creative, and the different.

    A collaborative culture requires a deep respect for the other. Respect allows us to build and rebuild relationships. Without respect there isn’t trust, and all healthy relationships require trust … trust in the basic goodness of the human heart and trust that each of us is working together for the sake of the whole. Without humility, respect, and trust there isn’t a solid foundation for acceptance, non-judgement, forgiveness, mutuality, or transformation.

    Compassionate God, guide me so that what comes out of my mouth shows a heart overflowing with love, mercy, and compassion. Grant me the grace to live the way of love.

    For Reflection/Journaling

    Where have I fallen into judgment, mistrust, condemnation? How has this impacted my relationships with others?

    What guidance do I need most from God now?

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  • “Living the Way of Love”  The Path of Wholeness First Week of Lent 2019 By: Jeanne Connolly, Directo [ ... ]
    “Living the Way of Love” 
    The Path of Wholeness
    First Week of Lent 2019
    By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission

     

    For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13
    …. When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time.”  Luke 4: 1, 13

    The first Sunday of Lent we heard Luke’s telling of the temptations of Jesus. Temptations are the desire to do something, especially something unwise or wrong. 

    Fr. Richard Rohr writes that the three temptations that Jesus faced “are all temptations to the misuse of power for purposes less than God’s purpose.”  Other authors have noted that the temptations could be named as seeking personal comfort, admiration, recognition, authority, control, and monetary wealth at the expense of others and/or our own integrity. The word integrity is derived from the Latin word integer meaning intact or whole. It is the state of being whole and undivided.

    Rohr continues, “Most people’s daily ethical choices are not between total good and total evil, but between various shades of good, a partial good that is wrongly perceived as an absolute good (because of the self as the central reference point), or even evil that disguises itself as good.”  

    Author Brené Brown defines integrity as “Choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, and easy, and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them.” 
    That is the example that Jesus provides us in this Gospel. With each temptation that Jesus encountered, he refocused on God’s words and God’s purpose. He chose courage over comfort. He reminds us that God never chooses power over others, or admiration, or financial wealth.  As we journey through Lent, we are invited once again, to choose God’s purpose for our lives and to work together for the sake of our world. In our daily lives we are invited to make choices with integrity and to live the way of love with wholeness, authenticity, courage, and compassion. The path is before us … the choice is ours.

    Merciful God be with me in times of trouble and want. Guide me on Your path of wholeness.

    For Reflection/Journaling:  
    I am most in need of courage when I am faced with ___________?
    Do I intentionally pause and think before I speak, act, or make decisions so that my values are reflective and congruent with my professed values and beliefs?
      


    Rohr, Richard; Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lent; St. Anthony Messenger Press. Kindle Edition; p.23-24
    Rohr, Richard; IBID p. 24
    Brown, Brené; Rising Strong: The Reckoning, the Rumble, the Revolution; ©2015, Spiegel & Grau, New York; p. 98
     

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  • Check Your Attitude Ash Wednesday, 2019 By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission Even now … re [ ... ]
    Check Your Attitude
    Ash Wednesday, 2019
    By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission


    Even now … return to me with your whole heart. Joel 2:12
    Brothers and sisters: We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. 2 Corinthians 5:20
    Jesus said to his disciples: "Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them …
    Matthew 1:6

    Today our Lenten journey formally begins. We have prepared our homes and our hearts. As we begin this journey, let’s pause a moment to check our attitude, our frame of mind. Simply defined an attitude is a way of feeling or acting toward a person, thing, or situation. Our attitude might be negative, neutral, or positive in nature. Attitudes often predict behavior. Attitudes are expressed in words and tone of voice, as well as through body language.  When I worked in Human Resources, we would encourage leaders to “hire for attitude.” Although it may be easy to recognize attitude when we see it in others – “she has such a negative attitude” or “he’s giving me attitude,” frequently we miss the impact of our own attitude on others. 


    Today’s Gospel reading from Matthew reminds us of the importance of paying attention to our attitude, our approach to living the way of love. What is our attitude? Are we faithful even when the going gets tough? Do we believe in a loving and merciful God? Do we attempt to learn from our mistakes and change our behaviors? Do we see the image of God in ALL people, and treat ALL people with respect? Are we patient and kind, even when our patience is being tested? Do we trust the basic goodness of people or assume that we are being taken advantage of? Do we separate or place ourselves above others? Do we focus on rules or relationship? 


    As Franciscan hearted people we look to St. Francis as a model of gospel living. In Francis of Assisi and the Future of Faith, Fr. Dan Horan, OFM, reminds us that “Francis was less concerned about what someone did in the world than about how someone did it.”  It is easy to name or proclaim Gospel values, the challenge is how we live these values in our daily interactions. 


    Merciful God help me to remember that you have called me to be an “ambassador for Christ.” Remind me to pause regularly to check my attitude that I might go forward as an authentic representative of Your love and compassion in our world today.

    For Reflection/Journaling:  

    As I embark on this Lenten journey my attitude is______? 
    Am I open to changing my attitude and focusing on the power of God’s love and my connectedness with all of God’s creation?
     

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  • Please find attached here a new resource for lent: 40 Days; 40 Ways: A Guide to a Green Lent by Dianne Scheper [ ... ]

    Please find attached here a new resource for lent: 40 Days; 40 Ways: A Guide to a Green Lent by Dianne Scheper. The guide is designed to provide a green environmental context for you to consider this Lent. Despite its title, “40 Days; 40 Ways” is not fashioned as a daily devotional. Dianne describes it as "a range of suggestions for merging your Lenten disciplinary spirit with creation-centered activities."

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  • Introduction to Season of Creation:  September 1st begins our Season of Creation when people around the world will [ ... ]

    Introduction to Season of Creation: 
    September 1st begins our Season of Creation when people around the world will be praying for and working in a special way on behalf of Mother Earth, our common home.  This year’s theme is:  Walking Together—Sowing Hope for the Planet.  Please check the Wheaton Franciscan facebook page for inspirational postings throughout this season (Sept 1-Oct 4—the feast of St Francis, patron on those who work for ecology and the environment).  


    Introduction to World Day of Prayer for Creation: 
    Pope Francis has designated September 1 as the ​World Day of Prayer for th​e Care of Creation. Join Pope Francis and Christians around the globe in praying for and taking action for our common home on September 1 and the Season of Creation, September 1-October 4 by visiting www.SeasonofCreation.org​.  

    Season of Creation Events:

    Taizé Prayer Service: 
    Friday, September 7, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM 

    Film: 
    Sunday, September 9, 2018 following the Liturgy there will be a Season of Creation film. More information to come.


    Dedication of Cosmic Walk: 
    Sunday, September 30, 2018, following the Liturgy (11:00 PM) there will be a Dedication of The Cosmic Walk. The walk is a permanent weather resistant display located on the Wheaton Franciscan campus surrounding the new butterfly garden near the parking lot for entrance #5. The paved path includes 25 posts with images of the watercolor prints. Sister Corlita Bonnarens, RSM, is the artist who captured in watercolor 25 significant moments in this unfolding story of the universe, giving us a glimpse of the Sacred Mystery that has been at work for more than 14 billion years

    Enjoy the beauty of creation each day and let us all continue to care for Earth, our common home.

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  • The Vatican's Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Decelopment, has produced a wonderful video about the conferenc [ ... ]

    The Vatican's Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Decelopment, has produced a wonderful video about the conference. It beautifully captures the spirit of solidarity and hope that was present, featuring the next steps for the road ahead. #LaudatoSi18

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  • On March 24th there will be a young people’s march in Washington DC to demand an end to gun violence in our countr [ ... ]

    On March 24th there will be a young people’s march in Washington DC to demand an end to gun violence in our country.  At the same time, there will be marches all over the country calling for an end to gun violence and immediate legislative action to pass laws that ban semi-automatic assault weapons, bump stock attachments that turn rifles into the equivalent of machine guns, and high capacity ammunition magazines.

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  • [Brooklyn, NY] The Franciscan Federation of the Sisters and Brothers of the Third Order Regular of the U.S., and their a [ ... ]
    [Brooklyn, NY] The Franciscan Federation of the Sisters and Brothers of the Third Order Regular of the U.S., and their associates resolved "to stand in solidarity with Native American People in care of their land and of our Sister, Mother Earth" in a resolution affirmed by some 240 attendees representing 61 member confregations at their annual meeting, just ended. Read More...

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  • “The Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, St. Clare Province of the Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of J [ ... ]

    “The Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, St. Clare Province of the Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, (USA) are announcing today that we can say with integrity that we have no current investment in fossil fuels, and we will in the next year add it to our Socially Responsible Investment Policy to assure no future investments in fossil fuels. In this way, we wish to emphasize the urgency of the climate crisis and deepen our commitment to care for our common home.”

    Sr. Melanie Paradis,OSF, Sr. Lynn Schafer,OSF, Sr. Trish Villarreal,OSF, Sr. Alana Gorski,OSF, Provincial Council of the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters (USA)

    For more information on the action to divest from fossil fuels click here.

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  • Wheaton Franciscan Sr. Gabriel Uhlein and Covenant Companion Jeanne Connolly co-presented at the 12th Biennial Workshop [ ... ]

    Wheaton Franciscan Sr. Gabriel Uhlein and Covenant Companion Jeanne Connolly co-presented at the 12th Biennial Workshop of the Conference of Associates and Religious of the Midwest Area.

    For more information see “Together we are One.”

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