I’ve managed to make a few accomplishments this week…
Finding the Treasure
I finished reading a fairly ‘heavy’ theology book by Sr Sandra Schneiders called Finding the Treasure. Schneiders is, as always, thorough, clear, thought provoking, and o so challenging.
It covered historical, theological and spiritual foundation for the past 40 years of religious life. It covers doctrine, charism, how canonical terms are specified and ways in which we might ALL respond to our Baptismal call to holiness. Even though it has been very challenging reading I’m secretly looking forward to Volume II.
More info: Sandra Schneiders - Finding the Treasure Summary
Mary MacKillop Foundation - Grants + Scholarships
It was really lovely to meet Maree Whybourne (CEO) of Mary MacKillop Foundation this week. What an inspiring woman and wonderful foundation!
Mary MacKillop Foundation is a national (Australia) not-for-profit organisation. MMF works in two ways:
GRANTS: Providing community grants to organisations who support vulnerable people in Australia.
SCHOLARSHIPS: Mary MacKillop believed education was the foundation for a fulfilling life. Since 1998 MMF has provided educational scholarships to Indigenous scholars.
More info: https://www.mackillopfoundation.org.au
He was a Catholic Bishop who died in El Salvador on 24 March 1980 for what he believed in (nonviolence, love and peace). I was able to read an excellent article on his life and also watch a great movie from 1984 about his life. It’s well worth a watch - Free full movie here: Oscar Romero - FULL MOVIE
I headed back to Villawood Immigration Detention Centre again on Thursday. It’s hard to describe what it’s like… wonderful and awful at the same time. I simply go and listen, share smiles with the detainees and remind them they CAN ‘hang in there’…
“One day at a time, don’t worry about tomorrow, just think about today” - this simple reminder is true for us ALL.
It was also Diwali this week. So, we also took some special food for the detainees to enjoy (many are from Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh) - it’s important to focus on the little things we CAN do.
Diwali info: WHAT IS DIWALI?
In light of the awful treatment of refugees in Australia I decided to focus on what I CAN do and for the first time ever wrote 4 letters to 4 MP's... It's a little thing, but all little things count.
At the time of year there are many beautiful Jacaranda Trees around Sydney. The purple colours pop. It's important to be thankful for the simple (and free!) beauty that surrounds us… “Seek and find”. Some pics below.
I also attended a full day seminar on Friday; The challenge of Laudato Si. We heard some wonderful insights from Paul Collins (paulcollinscatholicwriter.com.au), and were part of brainstorming workshops in the afternoon --> Never Stop Learning.
Key things I have re-learned this week: Be liminal, open and go where you see a need.
Focus on what you CAN do - do little things. Don't worry about tomorrow. Enjoy everyday... TODAY.
Jane Maisey rsj