Spirituality and You

Spirituality and You: Ash Wednesday

Receiving ashes on Ash Wednesday

Monday, February 27, 2017

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Ash Wednesday—Beginning of Lent

As children, how we loved a treasure hunt—hidden jellybeans and pennies turned to gems and gold doubloons in our young imaginations!  Even as adults, perhaps on an antiques adventure, we thrill at the thought of a secret only we can know, at the challenges and possibilities of an undiscovered trove.

On Ash Wednesday, we begin the most extreme of treasure hunts. It is one in which we examine our lives in the Light of Jesus. We do this to unearth the Infinite Mystery revealed at the fractured tomb on Easter morning. The key to that mystery is hidden somewhere within us, and Lent is the pilgrimage to find it.

From the shadows where we pray, fast and give alms, an urgent question rises in our hearts. What might the treasure look like when we find it? When the stone is finally rolled away, might I meet Jesus anew in my life? Might I truly see the Mercy of God in human flesh? Now, in this acceptable time, we take our first steps toward God’s answer.

–Catholic Health Association

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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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World Day of the Sick

Saturday, February 11, 2017

25th World Day of the Sick: February 11, 2017
The World Day of the Sick was instituted by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1992 as a special time of prayer and sharing and of offering one’s suffering. Each year it is recognized on Feb. 11, the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes, recalling a series of [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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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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