MISSION

Reflections Common Formation 2016-17

From, Sr. Scholastica

It is a grace-filled year for us. I would like to express my special thanks to each sister who has given us so much encouragement, support and prayers. We are approaching the end of the program. I especially feel that this is a year long pilgrimage fulfilled by God’s guidance and blessings. We were always warmly and joyfully accepted by our sisters in each community we had visited. Although our Portuguese is very poor, it was not an obstacle for our interaction and communication with each other. There is no feeling of “dis-acquaintance” and distance. Once again, thank you all my dear sisters.

From, Sr. Maria Goretti

       My life in Brazil is full of grace and blessing during this year and I felt God’s love. God gave me an opportunity for my growth, I am full of peace and gratitude to Him. In this year, I had a great experience that I never had before and it has broadened my horizons. Through the courses I took and daily life events, I learned how to be in unity as a member of the SMIC family in acceptance of cultural differences. I do really appreciate it.

       I would like to thank the sisters in both provinces of Brazil for the loving care that they have showed to me, for their hospitality and thoughtfulness. I felt a deep sense of belonging though we are from different cultures and yet we are all one in the SMIC family. It is a great honor for me to step on the foundation land of our congregation, to go through the congregational historical site where our fore sisters once left their footprints with their loving heart and hard work.

My heart is full of gratitude after one year of common formation experience in Brazil and I am very grateful for being part of the SMIC family. This will be the most meaningful year in my life.

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RENEWAL OF VOWS 2017

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November 25, 2017, Tainan, Provincialate

Holy Name of Jesus Province

 

 

Reflections from Common Formation Program 2016-17

From, Sr. Scholastica

It is a grace-filled year for us. I would like to express my special thanks to each sister who has given us so much encouragement, support and prayers. We are approaching the end of the program. I especially feel that this is a year long pilgrimage fulfilled by God’s guidance and blessings. We were always warmly and joyfully accepted by our sisters in each community we had visited. Although our Portuguese is very poor, it was not an obstacle for our interaction and communication with each other. There is no feeling of “dis-acquaintance” and distance. Once again, thank you all my dear sisters.

From, Sr. Maria Goretti

       My life in Brazil is full of grace and blessing during this year and I felt God’s love. God gave me an opportunity for my growth, I am full of peace and gratitude to Him. In this year, I had a great experience that I never had before and it has broadened my horizons. Through the courses I took and daily life events, I learned how to be in unity as a member of the SMIC family in acceptance of cultural differences. I do really appreciate it.

       I would like to thank the sisters in both provinces of Brazil for the loving care that they have showed to me, for their hospitality and thoughtfulness. I felt a deep sense of belonging though we are from different cultures and yet we are all one in the SMIC family. It is a great honor for me to step on the foundation land of our congregation, to go through the congregational historical site where our fore sisters once left their footprints with their loving heart and hard work.

My heart is full of gratitude after one year of common formation experience in Brazil and I am very grateful for being part of the SMIC family. This will be the most meaningful year in my life.

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Francis and ecology


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Sr. Frances Karovic, SMIC

The canticle of creation written by St. Francis is not new to us; however it is a significant reminder that God is the Source of All Being and that we are all sister and brother to one another and everything in creation deserves love and respect.

Francis praises Sister Water: humble, helpful, precious, and pure.  There is perhaps no other time that we have become so aware of our need and relatedness to water.  The environmental crisis of our times threatens the balance of nature and it is imperative that we include ecology as an integral dimension of contemplation in action.  It’s hard to imagine running out of water, but it could happen.  Between 1950 and 2000, the population in the US doubled while public demand for water more than tripled.

Nature shows us something about ourselves as she reveals to us the properties of our sister water.  We often think of water when we think of vacations- the beach, a quiet pond, a lovely stream or brook.  We gaze at the immense ocean and sense the infinity of the Creator.  Water and ourselves are kindred spirits.  Yet water cannot control her power; she is determined by others.  It is for us to describe whether we will enhance and generate water or weaken and annihilate her by our careless lack of care for creation.

There are a multitude of simple practices we can adopt to conserve water.  It takes mindfulness.  Consider that each of us uses an average of 100 gallons of water each day, enough to fill 1600 drinking glasses.  Some basic means of saving water include: A) Cook smart peel and clean vegetables in a bowl of water instead of under running water. B) Slow the flow install a slow flow faucet to reduce water consumption up to 50%. C) Shorten showers, test faucets and sprinklers for leaks.  Check the Internet for tips on water savers.

To speak and think about Water Conservation without mentioning Fracking would be incomplete.  In addition to fracking’s inherent dangers, adverse impact on human health and growing role in climate change, fracking plays a large part on drinking water quality and accessibility because the drilling is a major threat to water resources from pollution and overuse.

Multinational water companies are choosing to bottle municipal tap water because it’s cheaper to process.  As a result, almost half of all bottled water now comes from tap water sources.  Single use plastic bottles end up in our landfills, oceans and streams.

In late 2014, two monumental breakthroughs were achieved.  Federal legislation was introduced to ban Fracking in National Parks, Forests and on all public lands.  Governor Cuomo of New York announced a complete ban on fracking in the State.

In California, people are being helped to understand the interactions between fracking and critical State issues- water shortage, earthquakes, agriculture and the health of rural and underserved communities.

The US Province Investment portfolio seeks to invest in companies demonstrating sustainable business practices and we carefully monitor social responsible investing.  The portfolio seeks investment in companies that innovate and develop New Technologies to provide renewable energy and enhance efficiency, uphold human rights in global supply claims, support organic sustainable agriculture and forestry and have visionary leadership.

Now, back to St. Francis, as well as St. Kateri Tekakwitha, who are both patrons of Ecology.  We Franciscans are true to their Vision and Values and continue to become more mindful of how to live this out.

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SOCIAL JUSTICE

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Social Justice Issues

       1Human Solidarity…we are all brothers and sisters !  ?

Together we pray along with Pope Francis who sent this message  to President Trump

“At a time when our human family is beset by grave humanitarian crises demanding far-sighted and united political responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people and your nation’s commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide,” – the Message reads – “Under your leadership, may America’s stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door.”

       

         2.  Human Trafficking

 “Therefore, we declare on each and every one of our creeds that modern slavery, in terms of human trafficking, forced labor and prostitution, and organ trafficking, is a crime against humanity…”
 

                                              read Pope Francis’ reflection

                                       

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            3. Ecology

  This year, Pope Francis directs us to honor the 35th year of  Francis of Assisi as the Patron of Ecology.  Why do we honor this Saint                         

         1.  connect with this Franciscan site

         2.  the  Catholic Climate Movement./

          3.  enjoy the beauty of this inspirational  short video on “the world of wonder”

 

 

Prayer requested by Pope Francis for inspiration to take up the commitment to creation set before us by the Gospel cited in   Laudato Si

 

 

Prayer for Our Earth

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe

and in the smallest of your creatures.

You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.

Pour out upon us the power of your love,

that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace,that we may live

as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

O God of the poor,

help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth

so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives,

that we may protect the world and not prey on it.

that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction

touch the hearts

of those who look only for gain

at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,

to be filled with awe and contemplation,

to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature

as we journey toward your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day.

Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.

        

                                              

                                              

 

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