Last Sunday we had a recollection day with our Companions in Mission. We spent some time in small groups sharing on how we are responding to the Pope’s invitation to reach out to those who are “deprived” in any way. I was so impressed and inspired by the sharing in my group – I was amazed at the love and kindness our companions show to others. I have a long way to go to get even close to their level of compassion and generosity. Thank you dear companions for being living examples of the charism of Companionship.
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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.
Like 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?
We watch with horror the unfolding tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan on the island of Leyte in the Philippines. As we witness terrible devastation: loss of lives, homes and livelihoods hopefully we can all do everything we can to respond to this crisis.
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.
When Pope Francis arrived home from Rio and World Youth Day he tweeted the following words: “I am back home, and I assure you that my joy is much greater than my exhaustion!” What a wonderful testimony to the Pope’s joy at being among people and in this case spending time with millions of young people. I think we can all take note of the Pope’s words to young people: “Show, by your life, that it is worth giving your time and talents in order to attain high ideals, it is worth recognizing the dignity of each human person, and it is worth taking risks for Christ and the Gospel”. Hopefully, we too can say at the end of each day of serving Christ “My joy is much greater than my exhaustion!”
Isn’t it great the way we are all suddenly really interested in what is going on in the Vatican? In our house we can’t stop talking about Francis I and what he’s doing for the Church, the world and all of us…What joy that we
are so keen on what is going on in the Church! Francis has energised us all! FCJs like Jesuits are ready to be missioned anywhere by the Pope for the sake of God’s mission. While Francis may not directly mission us if we are opening to what he is saying and doing we can take our inspiration from his example and words…and go and do likewise…
As we move into these very sacred days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday let us hold our world and all its needs in our hearts and prayer…We walk the way of the cross with Jesus and stay with him all the way to his resurrection and celebrate the gift of transforming love given to us all…Uniting with all who are praying at this time…
Recently we were called to the bedside of a dear friend of our community who is seriously ill in hospital. We were asked to be present when she received the Sacrament of the Sick. Within ten minutes of being called we were on our way to the hospital. I found it deeply moving to be present at such a solemn time as our friend prepared herself for the final stage of her journey of life. God’s presence in the room was tangible and so comforting. Despite our sadness there was consolation in the knowledge that God was there tenderly drawing this brave, faith-filled woman home…
I recently read an article describing the work of a woman called Annie Leonard who is passionate about helping us to live sustainably.I learned that of all consumer goods bought by consumers only 1% remains in use six months later. This pattern of consumption is very wasteful and it has huge consequences for the environment as most of those goods are not biodegradable. Many consumer goods are also the product of an unjust economic situation. This is a huge challenge to me to live more simply and to consume less. How else to live justly and with a care for creation and for future generations?