Monday, July 19, 2010

Update from the "Office" of Pauline Laity

I have completed summer sessions at Boston College. Both Richard Rohr, OFM and Joan Chittister, OSB, stretched my world view. As they stretched my spirituality the Pauline spirituality took on a new transparency that overlay the Signs of the Times. There are major trasitions taking place in the society we live in - in case you haven't noticed. Each of us may come at these from a different direction. As bearers of the Pauline charism we can find unity in this diversity through our spirituality. During  this time of "no classes" I will be working on a few things. The first is a Pauline view of suffering and kenosis. I will use the multitude of books piled up from this summer's sessions and Pastoral Counciling class from the Spring.  Kenosis is what Paul writes about "large" as he prays the ancient Christian hymn: "Though he was in the form of God, Jesus did not deem equality with God something to be grasped at but humbled himself....and God highly exalted him" (Phil. 2:6-11). This led Paul to announce: :"It is no longer I who live, Christ lives in me" (Gal. 2:20). So what does it mean to announce Christ in this way! I am exploring this. I have a feeling it means being open to the suffering and joys of our world and being part of these sufferings in joys so that we "fill up in our bodies the suffering of Christ" (Col. 1:24). Richard Rohr reminded me that great love equals great suffering. There is only one way to avoid suffering and that is to avoid loving. As Paulines we follow Paul who wrote the treatise on love (1 Cor. 13) and we know that the "greatest of these is love."

This summer I will also meet with local Pauline Cooperators, prepare for the September retreat with Sr Sharon, Sr Mary Lea, Sr Susan John and Sr Sophie, ready the Pilgrimage to Italy in October, continue updating the Pauline Lay Formation Program, publish the Cooperator Magazine (10th year - second issue), attend events with my sisters in Christ, meet with Rae and Marie regarding their project in Delaware, possibly! visit the NJ, NY, PA Cooperator groups (I hope!) and get ready for the Fall semester at School of Theology and Ministry. On the local level we may begin film nights (as per my paper for Richard Rohr's course - see previous blog), hold a Social Media Workshop for Archdiocesan Catechists (planned for November), and work with the Catechist mentor program for media literacy, exhibits and mentoring.

Sr Margaret Joseph is in Texas with Sr Rose presenting Media Literacy and Social Media Workshops. She called me yesterday and hopes to revive the Pauline Parish Media Centers. We may look into this again and renew the program or offer the Pauline charismatic expression of Parish Media Centers and pastoral presence.

That is it for now. Prayerfully present to you before the tabernacle,
Sr Margaret


dj said...

Sounds like you're going to be busy! God bless you in all your work!

Sr. Margaret Kerry, fsp said...

Thank you Diane! Blessings on your life and mission.