Spirituality and You

Spirituality and You: Love

Monday, February 13, 2017

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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 that divine love, incarnate and indwelling in the world, summons the world always toward wholeness, which ultimately is reconciliation and atonement [at-one-ment] with God.”

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

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World Day of the Sick

Saturday, February 11, 2017

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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 18 appearances that the Blessed Virgin Mary made to a 14-year-old French peasant girl, Saint Bernadette Soubirous, in the year 1858.

We pray for the needs of the sick and of all those who suffer — the poor, the infirm, the outcast, the marginalized. We pray for those who provide care and assist the sick—family members, health workers and volunteers—that they may accompany the infirm and show them the love of God made manifest in human hands and hearts. With Pope Francis we pray to Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, that she may obtain for us from Christ her Son, hope, responsibility, commitment, gratitude and joy:

Mary, our Mother,
In Christ you welcome each of us as a son or daughter.
Sustain the trusting expectation of our hearts,
help us in our infirmities and sufferings,
and guide us to Christ, your Son and our brother.
Help us to entrust ourselves to the Father who accomplishes great things. Amen.

–Catholic Health Association

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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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Spirituality and You: Ethics

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Native American Traditional Code of Ethics starts with these words: “Each morning upon rising, and each evening before sleeping, give thanks for the life within you and for all life, for the good things the Creator has given you and for the opportunity to grow a little more each day. Consider your thoughts and [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Blessings

Monday, November 14, 2016
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Blessings abound when we slow down enough to see them clearly. They can be the simplest of things: a green sprout rising from loamy soil, a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day, a stranger who holds the door open for us, an unexpected phone call from a friend. In the era of “bigger is better,” [more…]

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