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Monday, October 28, 2019

Mission Collaboration

A Grain of Wheat
By Luke Parker, S.J.C.

I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies,
it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit."
John 12:24 

Visiting with our Cluny Sisters in San Pedro, California, I delighted in the action I witnessed to embrace a new and promising future by going forth in new ways, stronger together, prophetic and bold in our missionary discipleship for a new world. ‘Going Forth Together’ is one of our Missionary Priorities calling us to collaborate with others in participating in the Mission of Jesus to evangelize, heal and liberate all peoples, especially the poor, the least, the lost and the last.

So today, in our Mary Star of the Sea Community kitchen, Cluny Sister, Mary Glynn, Cluny Associate, Colleen Kaveney and Cluny Collaborator, Maribel Celaya, began their baking of Irish Soda Bread for the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Holiday Boutique tomorrow.  By the end of the day they will bring 50 round loaves of bread for sale in support of our call to go forth together in joy of the gospel to all peoples.

I am grateful for the reminder of the simple ways we witness and collaborate in evangelizing through a ‘Cor Unum’ and collaboration as religious women, laity, religious communities and organizations - bearing much fruit together! Laboring in the one vineyard to bring about the Harvest of God here and now. 

Join us in your own simple ways! Find ways to go forth together – all are called.
Come, all are welcome! Come, and let us bear fruit together!

We, Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, Province of U.S.A. & Canada, are called as Daughters of Anne Marie Javouhey, to bring hope and compassion to an anguished world.  We join with the Little Sisters of the Poor, to offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to himself.”
            (Mission Statement of the Little Sisters of the Poor, Daughters of Jeanne Jugan)

Thursday, October 3, 2019

All of Creation Rejoices

Celebrating the ‘Season of Creation’
September 1st – October 4th
This year’s Theme is, The Web of Life
Join Us
Take the St. Francis Pledge

I/We Pledge to:
  • PRAY and reflect on the duty to care for God’s Creation and protect the poor and vulnerable.
  • LEARN about and educate others on the causes and moral dimensions of climate change.
  • ASSESS how we-as individuals and in our families, parishes and other affiliations-contribute to climate change by our own energy use, consumption, waste, etc.
  • ACT to change our choices and behaviors to reduce the ways we contribute to climate change.
  • ADVOCATE for Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions and decisions, especially as they impact those who are poor and vulnerable.

Pray with All of Creation

The Canticle of Creation
Saint Francis of Assisi

O Most High, all-powerful, good Lord God,
to you belong praise, glory,
honor and all blessing.
Be praised, my Lord, for all your creation
and especially for our Brother Sun,
who brings us the day and the light;
he is strong and shines magnificently.
O Lord, we think of you when we look at him.
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Moon,
and for the stars
which you have set shining and lovely
in the heavens.
Be praised, my Lord,
for our Brothers Wind and Air
and every kind of weather
by which you, Lord,
uphold life in all your creatures.
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Water,
who is very useful to us,
and humble and precious and pure.
Be praised, my Lord, for Brother Fire,
through whom you give us light in the darkness:
he is bright and lively and strong.
Be praised, my Lord,
for Sister Earth, our Mother,
who nourishes us and sustains us,
bringing forth
fruits and vegetables of many kinds
and flowers of many colours.
Be praised, my Lord,
for those who forgive for love of you;
and for those
who bear sickness and weakness
in peace and patience
- you will grant them a crown.
Be praised, my Lord, for our Sister Death,
whom we must all face.
I praise and bless you, Lord,
and I give thanks to you,
and I will serve you in all humility.