Spirituality and You

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

in Blog, News

Eleven Ways to Practice Resurrection Now

  1. Refuse to identify with negative, blaming, antagonistic, or fearful thoughts (though you cannot stop “having” them.)
  2. Apologize when you hurt another person or situation.
  3. Undo your mistakes by some positive action toward the offended person or situation.
  4. Do not indulge or believe your False Self—that which is concocted by your mind and society’s expectations.
  5. Choose your True Self—your radical union with God—as often as possible throughout the day.
  6. Always seek to change yourself before trying to change others.
  7. Choose as much as possible to serve rather than be served.
  8. Whenever possible, seek the common good over your mere private good.
  9. Give preference to those who are in pain, excluded, or disabled in any way.
  10. Seek just systems and policies rather than mere charity for others.
  11. Never doubt that it is all about love in the end!

–Richard Rohr, “Immortal Diamond”


Spirituality and You is a contribution by Jennings’ Director of Mission and Ministry, Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND.


It’s National Healthcare Decisions Week , have you had a conversation with the people you love?

Jennings and Jennings Hospice, along with other national, state and community organizations, are taking part in an effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, Jennings and Jennings Hospice are providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Ohio state laws. 

Specifically, from April 16 – April 21, Jennings Hospice is welcoming the public throughout the day to call for free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms or with questions about palliative care, comfort care and end-of-life care.

“As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, we hope many more people in our community will have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Judi Makan, Administrator of Jennings Hospice.  “Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit


Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

From everyone at Jennings, we wish you a happy and blessed Easter.
Easter Reflection: This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad. Alleluia!
Psalm 118
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Reflection for Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair.
John 12:3
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New member of centenarian club!

Friday, April 7, 2017

We welcomed another member to the centenarian club today! A very special happy 100th birthday to Eleanor. Her daughters celebrated her big day by throwing a party and inviting family, residents and staff members. There wasn’t a dry eye as they lovingly complimented their mom and praised the staff who cares for her.

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Reflection for fifth week of Lent

Sunday, April 2, 2017

I will keep my covenant with you … to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.
Genesis 17:7
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Jennings enjoyed visit from Hong Kong students

Friday, March 31, 2017

On Friday, March 31 Jennings hosted students from Hong Kong as part of their time studying at Case Western Reserve University. While these health care students visit the United States for a few weeks, they are rotating through different environments to experience how these different settings work. Together with our staff, they spent time with [more…]

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Reflection for fourth week of Lent

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Whoever hears my word, and believes in the One who sent me has passed from death to life.
John 5:24
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Our History: Monsignor Jennings’ vision is fulfilled.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

1942 Dedication. Friends of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and supporters joined us for the dedication as Bishop James McFadden presided. #75years
1942 Dedication

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Commemorating World Water Day

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

In his encyclical, Laudato Si, Pope Francis writes, “access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights. Our world has a grave social debt towards the poor who lack access to drinking [more…]

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