Janet Erskine Stuart, one of our English Congregational Leaders in the Society of the Sacred Heart and a great Educator, wrote an appreciation of her nuns. She called them God’s Middlemen. Without fanfare these sisters carried the burden of the day, full of deep desires while fulfilling simple duties daily done. Monica McGivern was, I feel, just one of those middleman who lived her spiritual life faithfully and served faithfully in whatever task she was asked to do. So let us look at Monica’s life. Monica was born in Grey Lynn, Auckland on 25 May 1917, the third child and only daughter of William James McGivern and Maud Kay She
A grateful heart is infectious – allow your’s to be caught.
Questions to ponder: Is my life ‘all about ME’? Do I often feel powerful/superior over those who are less fortunate? Am I more generous to those who don’t need my generosity? How can I make a difference for one person each day during this season of Lent?
DO YOU WANT TO FAST THIS LENT? In the words of Pope Francis… Fast from hurting words and say kind words. Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude. Fast from anger and be filled with patience. Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope. Fast from worries and have trust in God. Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity. Fast from pressures and be prayerful. Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy. Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others. Fast from grudges and be reconciled. Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.
The World Interfaith Harmony Week Coopetition is a 7 day global challenge to promote acts of peace, collaboration, and tolerance between people of all faith, spiritual, and humanistic traditions. Beginning on February 1st and going through February 7th, individuals and teams will use the spirit of coopetition to inspire collaborative acts of service to give back to their communities and strengthen mutual respect, understanding, and harmony between people of all backgrounds. http://worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com/ This video has the potential to change your mind, heart and soul forever. Is there something you can do to help change our world – one small act of kindness could become addictive… contagious. Give it a
Today the United States celebrates Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Visit this informative link to update your awareness of this horrendous crime. https://ecospiritualityresources.com/2017/12/
Prepare for World Interfaith Harmony Week Feb 1st – 7th by joining the Compassion Games This video has the potential to change your mind, heart and soul forever. Is there something you can do to help change our world – one small act of kindness could become addictive… contagious. Give it a go. The Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest have been played in prisons and high-schools to dramatically change the culture… Disclaimer: The facts of the story are true but the people shown in the video are not the people that participated in the Compassion Games. The prison authorities gave us permission to share this video.
As the Advent candles burn we seek God, not in a long ago stable or ancient manger, but in the people we meet, and in the depths of our hearts. May the blessing of Christmas make us a blessing to others; May the peace of the season pervade all that we do. May we welcome the challenges of discipleship. May we offer ourselves as God’s co-workers. May we journey through our daily lives in HOPE PEACE JOY and LOVE
“We are all meant to be mothers of God. What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the Divine Son takes place unceasingly but does not take place within myself? And what good is it to me if Mary is full of grace if I am not also full of grace? What good is it to me for the Creator to give birth to his Son if I also do not give birth to him in my time and my culture? This, then, is the fullness of time. When the Son of God is begotten in us.” Meister Eckhart
EULOGY FOR SISTER HELEN GILROY 6th January 1918 – 7th December 2017 Our Sister Helen Gilroy, whom her family know as Auntie Nell and we often called Gillie, made a frequent song request at community sing-alongs: “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.” I suspect that she was singing to Jesus, her beloved, but for many other people it was she herself who brought sunshine into the lives of others. As unifying centre of her network of family; as tender infirmarian helping so many RSCJ to die well over the years; as welcomer of the lost and lonely at the Crypt in Wellington; as gifted and well-loved teacher; or homebody