Sister Valerie

Spirituality and You

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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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.

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Spirituality and You: Heaven

Monday, February 20, 2017

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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, trying to prove that you’re better than everybody else or believing you’re worse than everybody else, you are already in hell. You have been invited—even now, even today, even this moment—to live in the Communion of Saints, in the Presence, in the Body, in the Life of the eternal and eternally Risen Christ.

-Richard Rohr

 

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

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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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Spirituality and You: wisdom from proverbs

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

This week, Sister Valerie shares more proverbs from around the world. Which one do you like the best?

“When a thief kisses you, count your teeth.” (Yiddish)
“He who is outside his door already has a hard part of his journey behind him.” (Dutch)
“When a blind person carries a lame person, both go forward.” (Swedish)
“Hold a true friend [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Wisdom

Monday, January 23, 2017

This week Sister Valerie Sweeney invites us to look at some proverbs from other countries. Can you find the wisdom that each one contains?

“In the midst of great joy, do not promise anyone anything. In the midst of great anger, do not answer anyone’s letter.” (Chinese)
“The reverse side also has a reverse side.” (Japanese)
“It is [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Promoting peace and unity

Monday, January 16, 2017

As we celebrate Martin Luther King Day, this quote still speaks strongly a half-century after his death:
“We’ve learned to fly the air like birds, we’ve learned to swim the seas like fish, and yet we haven’t learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
What can you do today to [more…]

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Mission and Ministry Matters: Starting the new year

Sunday, January 1, 2017

As we start the New Year, let’s take a look at the gift of laughter. It has been said that “laughter is the best medicine.” Have you ever wondered why? Helen Hunter, LSW has written an article on the benefits of laughter. She notes that laughter boosts the immune system and triggers the release of [more…]

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Spirituality and You: True meaning of Christmas

Friday, December 23, 2016

This week we reflect on the true meaning of Christmas:
“It’s sharing your gifts, not purchasing gifts;
It’s not wrapping presents, it’s being present
and wrapping your arms around the ones you love.
It’s not getting Christmas cards out on time,
It’s sending any card, anytime, at the right time.
It’s not having the biggest and best Christmas light display;
It’s displaying [more…]

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Spirituality and You: How to pray

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

When you go to your place of prayer, don’t try to think too much or manufacture feelings or sensations. Don’t worry about what words you should say or what posture you should take. It’s not about you or what you do. Simply allow Love to look at you—and trust what God sees! God just keeps [more…]

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