The second week of Advent has graced us with her presence. We are invited to develop our hearts with gratitude; for what has been and what bright light is still to come. I’m very grateful for the past week, for laughter, silliness and the courage to walk 1 day at a time. My wrap up is below…
NEWS ARTICLES + READING
I have continued to read on with the book SELLING ALL this week. It’s heavy theology but I’m really enjoying the challenge and the depth. The chapters focused on formation for religious life and its history. There have been some dark days and dark ways in the past but we are making positive changes. Gone are the days of one-size fits all. We know it didn’t work and I’m proud to see that many congregations have made the bold steps to trust and to change.
“…it is a mutual process in which both the candidate and the congregation are testing the formers vocation to Religious Life (not her quality or value as a person).” (p 66)
:: Excellent ARTICLES & PODCAST ::
1. Baltimore Parish group welcomes LGBT >> CLICK HERE
"St. Matthew's prides itself on inclusion. Besides its ethnic and racial diversity, the Sunday liturgy is signed for the deaf. The sign of peace ritual extends for more than five minutes. Through LEAD, gays and lesbians have been formally invited into the mix. The result has been gratifying to those who have been extended a welcome."
2. SOSJ e-News >> CLICK HERE
3. Number of women Religious about he same as a century ago >> CLICK HERE
4. Starting Religious life vs Student Debit >> CLICK HERE
5. Eating Disorder Recovery as Spiritual Transformation >> CLICK HERE
“Honesty authenticity and transparency are the way to go” + “Look for the activities that make you feel like you’re part of something bigger, because you are.” Chelsea Roff
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
I was blown away by the offer of free tickets to see the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House on the weekend. Mozart and Elgar were the composers featured. I had heard of Mozart but not Elgar… Sorry Mozart fans but Elgar’s composition left him for dust. The music was beautiful. I guess we never know what surprises are around the corner.
O and apparently the the Sydney Opera house looks like "Nuns in a scrum?" (nuns in habits in a rugby scrum - *hand for forehead*)
YOGA + NATURE
I’ve been really missing Yoga classes, and the prices in North Sydney are a bit scary. Never fear, I've found doyogawithme.com - you can play any of the videos for free and the downloads to save to your computer are really reasonable too. I’m enjoying it more than going to classes, you’ve got plenty of privacy and space. Namaste.
I'm also delighted to have found a new bush walking // running spot too. Although i did experience my first Australian ant bite... all part of immersion & discernment!
ARTWORK + EXHIBITION OPENING
I've been beavering away on a new piece of art for a refugee cause this week (pic below).
We also had the opening of an exhibit showcasing stories and portraits of refugees in Australia here at Mary MacKillop Place museum. Wendy Sharpe is the featured portrait artist. Pic below of the opening (love her shoes with Angel wings!) >> FULL STORY HERE
I met some new detainees this week and the work in progress continues to set healthy boundaries. It's really important to self-care and set healthy boundaries when hearing such sad stories. In order to keep going back you need to care for your spirit, put your oxygen mask on first, then help others with full joy and full love.
We were delighted to be part of the first profession for Denise on Sunday. It was a stunning day, she did very well and there was much love abound. I’m going to really miss her around these parts!
Key things: Laughter is crucial - ALWAYS. Healthy body, healthy mind.
Some days you're just being tested. Keep laughing. Always keep finding the funny side… Keep what's left of your sanity!
Jane Maisey rsj