The season of Advent has begun. Within the Catholic church it is a time that marks a waiting… the celebration of the birth of Jesus is coming. It is a time when Christians start to reflect on what has been and perhaps what is to come. What has been for me during this week is below…
I’ve read a few good articles this week. These are worth a read:
1. El Salvador Martyrs (2nd Dec, 1980)
December 2nd marks the anniversary of a tragedy when members of the National Guard of El Salvador abducted, raped and executed four American churchwomen in 1980.
>> GLOBAL SISTERS REPORT ARTICLE
>> NY TIMES ARTICLE + VIDEO (video only is just below)
2. The Reality of War >> DALAILAMA.COM ARTICLE
3. LGBT News this week >> NEW WAYS MINISTRY ARTICLE
4. The Medicine of Altruism >> ARTICLE ON ALTRUISM
Definition: Altruism or selflessness is the principle or practice of concern for the welfare of others (opposed to egoism ).
I embarked on a new mission to tackle another rather large book by Sandra Schneiders (or Sandy as i like to call her - humour is clearly essential when conquering her mammoth books!).
The reading this week focused on discernment and vocation; helping me to understand // see in words some of the feelings I felt and have…
“…the call is coming both from within and from without in a way analogous to the felt call to be an artist or an actor or a scientist. It is a convergence of interior factors such as an attraction, talent, interest, experience, desires, ideals, and even realistic fears and awareness of personal limitations…” (p 12)
Compassion is something that I always try to put 1st when making decisions and interacting with others. I may not understand and agree with others, but if i can step outside of my own world and approach things with a compassion heart then I find that my world view continues to change profoundly.
To meditate on this I completed a wee sketch. This one will go out to a close friend that is starting on a new journey, I’m hoping Compassion will always be with her (pic's below + more artwork >> HERE)
I was delighted to hear that some of the detainees have been released from Villawood Immigration Detention Centre since last week. One man had been in detention for almost 5 years! He's now in the community and taking small steps to begin a new life... small victories... *nana fist pump*.
It was good the go back again on Thursday and share stories and a listening ear... focusing on what I CAN do with action and presence - no words are required.
On a positive note; A Sister sent me a photo of something wonderful that is being done in Melbourne for refugees. They are writing messages of hope to those in detention and attaching them to bags of lollies - pic is below. This is something we can all easily do.
On this multifarious journey of religious life the support of family and solid friends is super essential. I’m very grateful that mum stayed this weekend and also really appreciated catching up with my extended family too!
There is a digital calendar that you can access for free by the good folks at Xt3 >> SEE CALENDAR
Key things: Patience and Compassion for all come 1st + Experiences of the heart can be understood on a new level with a bit of theological direction + Gratitude and Laughter is crucial - ALWAYS.