Posts Tagged ‘community’

Community for Mission

November 9, 2015

The community in New Cross, London, is one of our newest communities (we are almost three years old now!). There are currently five of us in community together: three professed sisters and two women who are living a community experience whilst they discern their vocation. 1_waller

We are an international group- from England, Italy and Indonesia – and we are all involved in different ministries. Community life supports us in our different ministries and provides a space in which individually and as a group we can really seek God’s action and presence in our lives.

Typically we have prayer together in the morning and then all go to our different places of work and ministry. Although there are some things that we are all involved in (a local soup run for example), there are many days when our ministries are different. Then in the evening we usually meet together for a meal and for prayer. This coming together, sharing on the day, and reflecting and praying together at the end of the day are often powerful moments of connection and support, where each of us finds a place in which her living out of her vocation is integrated into the group and becomes part of a much wider mission.

GOD SPEAKS IN SO MANY WAYS…

May 17, 2015

commOn the last two Sundays I attended two very different celebrations of the Eucharist.  The first was in a Trappist Monastery and the liturgy was rich and solemn.  The Eucharist was truly beautiful and the welcome and hospitality of the sisters made the day absolutely perfect!  Today I was at the monthly Mass for children and young people with special educational needs.  The liturgy was less formal and from time to time a child would surprise us and go a for a walk around the chapel.  The tea and snacks after the service were a lively affair!  God was tangibly present in both places.  Thinking about today “Communications Sunday” I give thanks for the many amazing ways that God speaks to us.

THE GIFT OF COMMUNITY

July 7, 2014

My feet are just beginning to walk on solid ground again after a spell of ten days in bed with a bad dose of flu.  How grateful I am to my very loving community who took care of me so kindly and generously in recent days.   How very beautiful community life can be when we do our best to live it!   My little group has lived its companionship to the full these days…Thank you God for my dear companions!

THIS LENT WE ARE CALLED BY POPE FRANCIS TO “GIVE” TILL IT HURTS…

March 2, 2014

The Lenten message for our diocese this year stresses that in addition to fasting and praying we need to stretch out our hands in service of those in need.  This is very similar to the essence of the Lenten Letter recently released by the Vatican on behalf of Pope Francis.  I am especially struck by the Pope’s point that he “distrusts a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.”  How often in the past have me small attempts at charity been more for my own benefit than for the person or persons I was supposedly helping?  Let us reflect together on one powerful paragraph from Pope Francis’ Lenten Letter:

Dear brothers and sisters, may this Lenten season find the whole Church ready to bear witness to all those who live in material, moral and spiritual destitution the Gospel message of the merciful love of God our Father, who is ready to embrace everyone in Christ.  We can do this to the extent that we imitate Christ who became poor and enriched us by his poverty.  Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty.  Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance.  I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.

Let us pray for one another and support one another this Lent as we seek together to witness to the merciful love of God…

THE PROVINCE ASSEMBLY ASIA-AUSTRALIA (DAYS 2-4)

January 1, 2014

We have had a busy few days here in Melbourne.  We moved from the first day: The Gift of the Chapter to successive themes: The Call of the Chapter, The Call to the Province and The Call of Now. The group has been hard at work discussing and sharing on our new Chapter Directions.  Today we were working on some ways to bring our Chapter Directions alive in our Province – and in the process re-energising ourselves! We still have two more days in which to work.  Tomorrow we will welcome some of our Companions in Mission and other colleagues to as we continue to “unpack” the Chapter Directions.  On the third of January we will respond to “The Call to Commit” as we commit ourselves to fully living out the call from our Chapter to “Re-imagine” our life for the sake of the Reign of God.  It has been a great process so far.  One of the special joys of this time has been the way we work and interact so easily together despite our vast age range and our diverse cultures.  What delight to be a group of loving companions.

THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS…

December 26, 2013

Here in Soropadan we had a beautiful day yesterday.  All of the FCJs in Yogyakarta gathered here for prayer and a delicious lunch (well we thought so!).  There were twenty five of us in all, twelve FCJs and thirteen guests. We were too many to sit round the table – so we sat in small groups – which also made it possible to engage in good conversation and to focus on our guests.  I love being able to celebrate Christmas with others, for me it helps to capture the meaning of this beautiful day.  Pope Francis continues to call us all to live more simply, generously, lovingly and he strongly advocates that we share what we have with others, especially with those in need.  Hopefully, we can all continue to live more and more the true spirit of Christmas – which is of course the spirit of the Gospel – and that we live it every day of the year!

The Haiyan Typhoon…Moves us to more compassionate solidarity…

November 12, 2013

haiyanLike so many of you I am stunned by the unfolding disaster in Central Philippines, the Visayas.  Thanks to modern media we can see vivid and heart rending scenes of grief in the face of devastating loss of human life, destruction and damage.  Perhaps, like you, I want to do more than pray – in some way I want to give of myself, to stand alongside our sisters and brothers in the Philippines who are hurting so deeply – and give – until it hurts me too.

One of the things our our newly written Chapter Directions is urging us to is to ” more compassionate solidarity”…For me this means to BE IN COMPASSIONATE SOLIDARITY with others…It is a life stance, a way of living…Let us give what we can, yes of course (and quickly and go on giving when we are tempted by the busyness of life to forget Typhoon Haiyan).  Can we also “give” by living differently?  For example, we already know that climate change is contributing to our changing weather patterns and is one of the causes of weather – related natural disasters.  I ask myself “Is it enough to simply give help to those in need without taking a long hard look at my lifestyle?”  I just watched two news videos from Tacloban in which young women are begging for food and water.  Do those words say anything to me about the way I use the water so readily available to me?  Do they make me think about the way I sometimes gobble a tasty snack between meals (hardly tasting it)?  I hope that many of us feel called to be people of “compassionate solidarity” with those in need, wherever we find ourselves.  Can we do this together?

TRAVELLING HOME FROM THE CHAPTER

November 6, 2013

Barbara, Beta and I are in process of travelling back to Indonesia from the Chapter.  We are probably the last members of our group to return home.  I am aware that there is a “rightness” about returning.  After all the time of preparation and the intense work of the Chapter it is time for the most important part of all – that is to LIVE out of our Chapter Directions.  We are called to live more fully our call as FCJs and to be increasingly creative in the way we respond to the needs of our time.  May we move forward together – always in the service of God and of God’s people.

SMALL ACTS OF KINDNESS…

August 28, 2013

Two weeks ago I had the misfortune to fall and break my right wrist.  Even though I wouldn’t recommend it I have been blessed in many ways since my little tumble.  I am learning to be more flexible in the way I do things and I am now at a stage when I am getting quite proficient with my left hand.  More importantly I have been helped in so many ways by so many people -some of whom were complete strangers to me.  I have been deeply touched both by the kindness of my community and also by the  thoughtfulness of  many people who have helped me over the last two weeks.  On reflection my broken wrist has turned out to be less of a misfortune and more of a blessing!

GROWING IN FAITH AND UNDERSTANDING – REDISCOVERING VATICAN II

April 26, 2013

To mark the Year of Faith one of our local parish churches is hosting a series of twelve meetings on Vatican II.  Tyas and I are attending them.  It is good formation for Tyas as part of her novitiate and a great “mini renewal” for me!  So far there have been three meetings:  1. An Introduction to Vatican II  2.  Liturgy and  3. The Church.  The input has been really good – a refreshing reminder of the depth and beauty of our Church!  It is so good to spend this time with a hundred or so others all of whom are keen to know more about the Church.  Already I am looking forward to next week’s input!