Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Association Workshops in New York

I have posted the worshop synopisis on the "special events" blog for the Association of Pauline Cooperators: APC.

Here are the blog posts:
Here are the podcasts:
Here are the photos:

The North American Conference of Associates and Religious is open to laity and religious who share in the common charism of the order/congregation.

I hope that lay paulines may be able to attend some of these workshops or the National Conference with me.

Sr Margaret

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Woman in Communication in Korea

ASIA/SOUTH KOREA - “Women and communication in the Church”: a contribution to the lay apostolate

Seoul (Agenzia Fides) – The apostolate of the laity in Korea should be marked by a unique contribution from women. This is what was recently affirmed in a seminar organized by the Bishops' Commission for the Lay Apostolate, focused on the theme “Women and communication in the Church.”

As Agenzia Fides learned from Korean Church sources, the seminar mentioned the importance of the woman in the evangelization of society and the need to provide greater room for them in the Church, in parishes, in associations, and in ecclesial movements. The event was attended by many lay persons, as well as priests and religious. A fundamental step, they said, is that of communication: communication within the Church, among the various parts of the community; interpersonal communication, among people of various states of live; institutional communication, between those of the Church hierarchy and the simple faithful; media communication, between the press and the public.

The assembly noted a small feminine presence in the media and in places of representation in Catholic communities and the little importance given to women in pastoral institutions. There seems to be a tendency, they said, to exclude women from the decision-making or tasks of greater responsibility in the areas of catechesis, liturgy, and charity.

Women have offered their specific charism to the community and are called to communicate their gifts for the enrichment of the community and the lay apostolate of the Korean nation.

The Church, the seminar concluded, cannot do without the feminine contribution and is called to evaluate the role of women in the community, for a truly creative and efficient work of evangelization. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 21/9/2009)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Eucharist Consumed and Consumerism

"Moulded by the Eucharist, the parish will become a beneficial ferment amidst the widespread consumerism and individualism of our time, reawakening solidarity and opening, in faith, the eye of the heart to recognise the Father, Who is gratuitous love and Who wishes to share his own joy with His children....The Lord and Creator of all things became a 'grain of wheat' to be sown in our land, in the furrows of our history. He became bread in order to be shared ... He became our food in order to give us life, His own divine life"  Benedict XVI.

This is why Pauline centers, even though they speak the language of retail – look and feel like retail stores – are really places where God’s Word is lived, broken and shared. This is a consumerism that is humanized – we consume the bread of life – Jesus is our consummation – we share the bread of the Word. Christians are called to open up a different kind of economic space – the space marked by the body of Christ. It is an economy of giving. Eucharist does not begin with scarcity but with one who came that we may have life and have it abundantly (Cf William Cavanaugh).

Friday, September 18, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Media for a Culture of Peace

The SIGNIS World Congress 2009 will take place in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from October 17 to 21, 2009. Hundreds of communication professionals from all over the world are expected to attend the 4 day event built around three strands: Current Global Issues on Human Rights and Children’s Rights, Emerging Perspectives on Media and Social Transformation and The Challenges of Growing Up in a Digital Age.
Join us to share your experiences, reflect on today’s communication issues and help us build a better media sphere where human values and children’s rights are key.

official name: World Catholic Association for Communication

Monday, September 14, 2009

All the way to heaven

Today is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (14th) and tomorrow the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (15th) "The Virgin Mary, who believed in the Word of the Lord, did not lose her faith in God when she saw her Son rejected, humiliated and placed on the cross. She stayed near Jesus, suffering and praying unto the end. And she saw the radiant dawn of His Resurrection. Let us learn from her to bear witness to our faith through a life of humble service, ready to pay personally so as to remain faithful to the Gospel of charity and truth, in the certainty that nothing of what we do will be lost".

How do we translate this faith into our everyday reality? Through trust in the love of God whose promise is resurrection - all the way to heaven is heaven, someone said, because Jesus said "I am the Way."

Friday, September 11, 2009

Prayer at Ground Zero

Prayer at Ground Zero

O God of love, compassion, and healing, look on us, people of many different faiths and traditions, who gather today at this site, the scene of incredible violence and pain.

We ask you in your goodness to give eternal light and peace to all who died here- the heroic first-responders: our fire fighters, police officers, emergency service workers, and Port Authority personnel, along with all the innocent men and women who were victims of this tragedy simply because their work or service brought them here on September 11, 2001.

We ask you, in your compassion to bring healing to those who, because of their presence here that day, suffer from injuries and illness. Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy. Give them strength to continue their lives with courage and hope.

We are mindful as wellof those who suffered death, injury, and loss on the same day at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Our hearts are one with theirs as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering. God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world: peace in the hearts of all men and women and peace among the nations of the earth. Turn to your way of love those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred.

God of understanding, overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy, we seek your light and guidance as we confront such terrible events. Grant that those whose lives were spared may live so that the lives lost here may not have been lost in vain.
Comfort and console us, strengthen us in hope, and give us the wisdom and courage to work tirelessly for a world where true peace and love reign among nations and in the hearts of all.

--Pope Benedict XVI
Prayer at Ground Zero
New York, 20 April 2008

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Beginning Fall Semester at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

I started classes at the School of Theology and Ministry today - fall semester. On Tuesday I did a dry run so I thought I would be all ready for Wednesday. I was given the wrong class numbers for the wrong days so what really happen was driving around campus to find parking and then finding the correct building. I arrived early for classes - by one hour - but that hour plus 15 minutes just got me to my first class. I am going online to try to confirm the other two courses now so that I bring the correct books to the correct class! Lesson: it would be great to have a buddy system - a friend attending these courses would help to confirm all of the above. I do all of this, as Paul would say, for the gospel - I also do it for the Pauline Cooperators....and am glad for the chance (after catching my breath).  The courses are Theology of the Ordained and the Lay Ministry; New Testament, Systematic Theology: Joseph Ratzinger. THE PHOTO - shades of yesteryear - high school in New Orleans - with the same amount of books I need today!

Friday, September 4, 2009

New Orleans Catholic Television

This is Archbishop Hannan's television station. He is one remarkable person! In his 90s and still bringing the gospel through all the means beyond what we imagine! His story amazes me. I was confirmed by Archbishop Hannan in the 70s. When I visit New Orleans I try to stop by to see him. I was able to attend his 80th birthday party and another celebration for his anniversary of ordination. When a book comes out on him I will be first in line to get it. I would love to have him sign it!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Prayer for Priests Year of Priests 2009-2010

O, Lord, we pray for Benedict XVI, your Vicar, our Pope; for all the cardinals and bishops, especially our own bishop and his collaborators;
for all priests and deacons, especially those who serve this parish family;
for the seminarians of our diocese; for the retired priests and those incapacitated by illness; for the priests who are studying; for those serving in the armed forces; for those who serve in the missions or on special assignment; for deceased priests whom we owe so much. We beg you to watch over those priests who are tempted, alienated, accused, disillusioned, those who have been laicized. Have mercy on your priests for they are burdened  as well as blessed. Give them your heart; let them feel your presence; fill them with peace and grace. Amen.