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Spirituality and You: Patience

Monday, September 18, 2017

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An affirmation for patience:

Patience is a spiritual practice that is beneficial to cultivate so I can feel more at ease in my life. I grow through every human experience, especially those that I don’t like or plan for. There is divine order woven into the fabric of my days. 

 –by Jan Lundy

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Edith Wharton has said that there are two ways of spreading the light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Sometimes we are the candle. We shed light of love and hope. We shine encouragement into dark souls, for this is a bleak and cold world for too many people, a frightening and lonely place in need of light. Francis of Assisi got it right: “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.”

But sometimes we are the mirror that reflects light. We reflect back what we see in others to help them see their own light — their own goodness and beauty, their own strength and resiliency and resourcefulness.

There are two ways of spreading light — to be the candle or the mirror. Which are you?

— Steve Goodier

On this anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, let us spread the light of goodness, love, and peace wherever we go. Our world is so much in need of LIGHT.

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Spirituality and You: The “Be”-Attitudes

Monday, August 28, 2017

Be understanding to your enemies. Be loyal to your friends.
Be strong enough to face the world each day. Be weak enough to know you cannot do everything alone.
Be generous to those who need your help. Be frugal with what you need yourself.
Be wise enough to know that you do not know everything. Be foolish enough [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Life Is Meant to be Lived

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Life is to be lived. No excuses. No reservations. No holding back.
An enchanting story about the talented violinist Fritz Kreisler tells how he once came across a beautiful instrument he wanted to acquire. When he finally raised the money for the violin, he returned to buy it and learned that it had already been sold [more…]

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Spirituality and You: All the Joy You Need

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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 [more…]

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Spirituality and You: All-embracing Love

Monday, July 10, 2017

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 [more…]

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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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