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Advent Waiting

29 Nov
November 29, 2011

We wait all the time. We wait in line, we wait for test results, we wait for planes, we wait at traffic lights, we wait for children to get ready for school, we wait, we wait, and we wait.

Waiting is a fact of life, so the question becomes, how do we wait?

During Advent we are called to wait with purpose, with intent. We are called to open ourselves to new and amazing possiblities.

I invite you to make these weeks of Advent a time of intentional waiting… at the stop lights and every where else you find yourself waiting for the not yet.

Carol

Gratitude Attitude

19 Nov
November 19, 2011

It is once again that time of year, when we turn our attention to thoughts of gratitude. Some of my Facebook friends have a practice of daily gratitude — where each day he or she posts something that happened during the day for which he or she is grateful. Wow! A lot of work, if you ask me, but I can’t help but admire the zeal behind the idea.

A wonderful mental health practice is to end each day by naming five things you accomplished during the day and five things for which you are grateful.

Why is it important to be grateful? Who cares anyway? Well, in the great scheme of things when we can practice a gratitude attitude we tend to be happier, we tend to appreciate the people in our lives more, we are able to let go of those daily frustrations with greater ease… so who cares? We all do! When we practice gratitude we are easier to be around and our positive energy can inspire others.

So whether you post each day on Facebook, or keep a priviate list, or just take a moment each day to appreciate someone or something — let’s make this habit of gratitude, not just a once a year celebration, but an attitude for life.

Blessings as you celebrate gratitude,

Carol

All Saints/All souls

01 Nov
November 1, 2011

I love the feasts of All Saints and All Souls — I love them because it is the time of the year where we intentionally celebrate those who have walked this journey before us. We remember all of the men and women — famous, and not so famous — who strove to follow a path to God.

Elizabeth Johnson borrowing from St. Paul describes the Communion of Saints as the crowd up in the stands cheering us on as we run the race of our faith journey. They are all on our side, they all wish us well, and want us to succeed. We as Catholics, as well as people from almost every major faith tradition, believe that those who have died care about us, are connected to us, and long for our happiness.

So let us celebrate the Saints with a capital “S” and the saints with a lower-case “s” — one and all.

Blessings,

Carol

Fall Meditation

24 Oct
October 24, 2011

As we journey through these beautiful days of Fall, it is important to stop and take pause. Maybe I should say, that we’re somehow drawn to stop and take pause. For some reason Fall is a season that draws us inward, to the source of life. As we notice the leaves changing colors and the light becoming filtered something within us calls us to nest, to slow down, to take a moment to be reflective.

I hope that these glorious days of Fall find you with a bit of time to enjoy and to ponder.

Carol

Blessed Marie Rose Durocher

27 Sep
September 27, 2011

Yesterday, we celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of the foundress of the the Sisters of the Holy Name of Jesus and Mary, the founders of Marylhurst University.

Marie Rose was not a strong woman, physically; in fact she was ill most of her life and died on her 38th birthday. But during her brief time on earth she touched people deeply.

We remember Mother Rose because she was a woman of passion — passion for God, passion for justice, passion for the needs of the poor and under-served. For me, Mother Rose is a powerful reminder of what happens when we allow ourselves to be transformed by the flame of God’s love. Parents who had been hesitant to allow their daughters to join the newly formed religious community changed their minds after one brief encounter with Mother Rose. Why, I ask? I believe it is because she was so deeply open to God’s love that she radiated God’s presence to those she met. Does this mean that life was easy for her, no. She like the rest of us struggled with misunderstanding, fatigue, obstacles, and injustice — but she had a broad, deep vision which gave her hope, even in the face of despair.

My prayer for all of us, no matter what our faith tradition might be, is that we become alive with the energy of the holy — that we become signs and prophets of God’s peace and justice.

Blessings on your journey,

Carol

08 Sep
September 8, 2011
Prayer is an important part of our ministry at University Ministry.  We’ve received the following prayer requests in the last few days — I invite you to hold these intentions in your heart.

“Please pray for my 2 year old son.  also that I am able to complete fall term positively.  That I can find peace in my relationship with my son’s father.”
“Pray for me, as my future is unclear.  I need a job and a direction.”
“Please pray that my mom’s health improves and that she regains her vision that has suffered as a result of diabetes.  Her name is Gloria.”
“That 9/11/11 will be a day of peace for all peoples.”

Prayer, Justice Cafe, and Homecoming Week

24 Aug
August 24, 2011

Did you know that your University Ministers are here to pray for and with you?

If you have a prayer request please send it to us, and we will be happy to pray for you.  You can send a request via email (chiggins@marylhurst.edu), reply to this blog, slip a request under the door of Marian 104, or leave your request in one of the envelopes located on bulletin boards throughout campus.  No need to use your name, unless you wish for us to pray for you by name.

Coming soon — we are going to join with other young men and women throughout the United States and Africa to discuss justice issues in a program called, “Justice Cafes”.  These cafes are sponsored by IPJC (Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center), an organization dedicated to the work of justice funded by members of Catholic religious orders.  More to come on this exciting project.

Also, on October 4th we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis.  There is a nation wide call for people to “Take the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor.”  You may find out more information about this amazing project via their website — CatholicClimateCovenant.org.  It is a free resource, so feel free to share and pass it on to others you know that care about the earth.

Finally, On Wednesday, October 12th we will be holding the first of five interfaith panels as a part of the Marylhurst’s Homecoming events.  This first panel will be on Sustainability.  We are scheduled for 6:30 pm in the Old Library, with the panel beginning at 7:00.



Many blessings, as we slide into September!


Carol

Prayer, Justice Cafe, and Homecoming Week

04 Aug
August 4, 2011

Did you know that your University Ministers are here to pray for and with you?

If you have a prayer request please send it to us, and we will be happy to pray for you.  You can send a request via email (chiggins@marylhurst.edu), reply to this blog, slip a request under the door of Marian 104, or leave your request in one of the envelopes located on bulletin boards throughout campus.  No need to use your name, unless you wish for us to pray for you by name.

Coming soon — we are going to join with other young men and women throughout the United States and Africa to discuss justice issues in a program called, “Justice Cafes”.  These cafes are sponsored by IPJC (Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center), an organization dedicated to the work of justice funded by members of Catholic religious orders.  More to come on this exciting project.

Also, on October 4th we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis.  There is a nation wide call for people to “Take the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor.”  You may find out more information about this amazing project via their website — CatholicClimateCovenant.org.  It is a free resource, so feel free to share and pass it on to others you know that care about the earth.

Finally, On Wednesday, October 12th we will be holding the first of five interfaith panels as a part of the Marylhurst’s Homecoming events.  This first panel will be on Sustainability.  We are scheduled for 6:30 pm in the Old Library, with the panel beginning at 7:00.



Many blessings, as we slide into September!


Carol

Catholic Social Teaching

18 Jul
July 18, 2011
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable:
Catholic teaching proclaims that a basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring.  In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Mt. 25) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.
(Archdiocese of St. Paul—Minneapolis)
For many of us this is the great challenge of our social teachings.  It is so easy to pass the blame on to those who are the most vulnerable, without stepping back to look at the structures that we have in place which allow people to fall into desperate poverty.   
No matter your personal political views, the just question to ask is how is the current budget crisis going to harm the most vulnerable members of our society?  How can we:  republicans, democrats, independents, tea partiers, green partiers… how can we reach beyond our own perspective and put the needs of the poor first?  This is the mandate of the Gospel.  There is nothing easy about this mandate, no quick fixes, no magic practices – it requires a change of heart, of focus, of priorities.  While none of us can fix the system alone; each of us can take a small step to positively impact the life of a poor person.  What step might you feel called to take today?
Blessings and peace,
Carol

Catholic Social Teaching

06 Jul
July 6, 2011

Option for the Poor and Vulnerable:
Catholic teaching proclaims that a basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring.  In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Mt. 25) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.
(Archdiocese of St. Paul—Minneapolis)
For many of us this is the great challenge of our social teachings.  It is so easy to pass the blame on to those who are the most vulnerable, without stepping back to look at the structures that we have in place which allow people to fall into desperate poverty.   
No matter your personal political views, the just question to ask is how is the current budget crisis going to harm the most vulnerable members of our society?  How can we:  republicans, democrats, independents, tea partiers, green partiers… how can we reach beyond our own perspective and put the needs of the poor first?  This is the mandate of the Gospel.  There is nothing easy about this mandate, no quick fixes, no magic practices – it requires a change of heart, of focus, of priorities.  While none of us can fix the system alone; each of us can take a small step to positively impact the life of a poor person.  What step might you feel called to take today?
Blessings and peace,
Carol