Sister Valerie

Thirteenth Century priest Thomas Aquinas once said, “No one can live without joy.” But many people do live joyless lives. And the reason is often simply because they don’t know how to be happy. They are so intent on the three P’s – power, prosperity and prestige – that they miss out on simple joy.

We cannot avoid pain, however hard we try. But we can avoid joy. We cannot escape hardship and trouble, but we can miss out on much of life’s peace and laughter.

If you feel as if you could use more joy, here are a few tips:
-Do something today just for the fun of it.
-Decide to fill your thoughts with less anxiety and more peace.
-Laugh a little more. A little more heartily and a little more often.
-Practice a hopeful attitude.
-Love as much as you can. Love people. Love experiences. Love ideas. Love beauty. In short — love life.
-You may occasionally find yourself amid life’s rubble. But strangely – even there you can discover joy.

It’s one of the beautiful contradictions of life.

— Steve Goodier, www.lifesupportsystem.com

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Spirituality and You: All-embracing love
Love people even in their sin, for that is the semblance of Divine Love and is the highest love on earth. Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you have perceived it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.

—Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Mission and Ministry Matters:

Sunday, June 11, 2017

We’re all looking for words of wisdom to help us live each day well. Jennings Director of Mission and Ministry Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND provided quotes by the Dalai Lama, which go from A to Z with powerful suggestions for self-improvement. You might want to take one line a day to reflect on and integrate it [more…]

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Mission and Ministry Matters: Core Values

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Jennings recently revealed its new mission statement: “Rooted in Catholic values, Jennings celebrates and nurtures individuals as they age, through exceptional choices and continuous innovation.” This month Jennings Director of Mission and Ministry Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND considers the five core values that support our mission statement.
In fulfilling our mission, we commit ourselves to these values: [more…]

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Jennings unveils new mission statement

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Jennings has unveiled a new mission statement, which was developed through an intense process of input and creativity.
Our new mission statement reads: “Rooted in Catholic values, Jennings nurtures and celebrates individuals as they age, through exceptional choices and continuous innovation.”
Jennings’ goal in writing this statement was to be clear and concise while incorporating the concepts that [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Listen Up

Monday, May 1, 2017

“When people speak from outrage and anger, when they talk about arguments and conflicts, listen carefully. They are telling you what is important to them. They are telling you their values.”
–Hildy Gottlieb
In this quote, Hildy encourages us to listen up. When people talk blame and conflict they are really talking about values. As she instructs: [more…]

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Spirituality and You

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Eleven Ways to Practice Resurrection Now

Refuse to identify with negative, blaming, antagonistic, or fearful thoughts (though you cannot stop “having” them.)
Apologize when you hurt another person or situation.
Undo your mistakes by some positive action toward the offended person or situation.
Do not indulge or believe your False Self—that which is concocted by your mind and society’s [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Heaven

Monday, February 20, 2017

You don’t go to heaven; you learn how to live in heaven now. And no one lives in heaven alone. Either you learn how to live in communion with the human race and with all that God has created, or, quite simply, you’re not ready for heaven. If you want to live an isolated life, [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Love

Monday, February 13, 2017

Love is Essential! 
Wendell Berry, writes, “I take literally the statement in the Gospel of John that God loves the world. I believe that the world was created and approved by love, that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that, insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love. I believe [more…]

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Mission and Ministry Matters: Ethical and Religious Directives

Monday, February 6, 2017

(by Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND, Director of Mission and Ministry at Jennings)—You may know that Jennings is a Catholic organization, which is the foundation of our identity and mission. You may not be familiar with the document that helps to define and safeguard our Catholic mission.“The Ethical and Religious Directives for Health Care Services” (ERDs) [more…]

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