Monday, June 26, 2017

Laudato Si for the Classroom

The JPIC promoters in Rome have made a new booklet for teachers, providing creative ways to share Laudato Si in the classroom.  (You will recall that Laudato Si is the Pope's "Environment Encyclical," published in June 2015.)  Click here for the booklet and here for the accompanying cards.

Thanks to Sister Joanne for sending this information from Rome!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Als Antwort auf Gottes Ruf

As part of our ongoing observance of the 200th birthday of Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt, we continue to post excerpts of Als Antwort auf Gottes Ruf (Bonifatius, 2016), the history of the Sisters of Christian Charity since 1881, by Sister Anna Schwanz, SCC, translated by Sister Mary Perpetua Rehle, SCC.

"The vibrant memory of Mother Pauline and the striving to live and to labor in her spirit was, and still remains today, a source of the inner unity among all the members of the Congregation. . . .  The Episcopal Informative Process came to an end on November 20, 1933.  The final signatures and seal were added to the collection of materials . . . Thus began a new phase in the beatification process. . . .

"In the meantime, the 28 volumes of Mother Pauline's writings, which had been notarized and sent to Rome in 1930, had been carefully studied by the theologians assigned by the Congregation of Rites.  A decree of December 6, 1942 officially stated 'that nothing contrary to the Faith of the Church or good morals had been found.'

"To spread devotion to Mother Pauline in America, the Western Province began the Mother Pauline League.  Above all, the children in the schools were to become acquainted with Mother Pauline's life and work, and through them also the adults.  Membership grew quickly not only in the West, but in the other Provinces where the League had spread.  The Eastern Province joined in 1940 and in South America the Liga Paulina came into existence."

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Reminder: Fortnight for Freedom

Reminder:  The Fortnight for Freedom begins June 21 (the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More) and ends on July 4 (Independence Day in the USA).  Click here for more information from the USCCB.

Monday, June 19, 2017

World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day, commemorated on June 20, was first designated by the United Nations in 2001.  This is a day to honor the strength, courage, contributions and cultures around the world.  Thanks to Sister Joanne Bednar for sharing this prayer and reflection guide with us, from the JPIC Promoters in Rome.

Fortnight for Freedom

Reminder from the USCCB:  The Fortnight for Freedom (from June 21 through July 4) is a way for dioceses around the country to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom.  This year's theme is "Freedom for Mission."  Click here to learn more about this observance and to find materials for each day.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Als Antwort Auf Gottes Ruf

As part of our ongoing observance of the 200th birthday of Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt, we continue to post excerpts of Als Antwort auf Gottes Ruf (Bonifatius, 2016), the history of the Sisters of Christian Charity since 1881, by Sister Anna Schwanz, SCC, translated by Sister Mary Perpetua Rehle, SCC.

Identity and Community Unity in Changing Times
The external threats, obstacles and limitations in Germany led to a strong awareness of the unity among the Sisters and the convents.  This inner consolidation can be compared with the time during and after the Kulturkampf.  The fact that the unity among provinces did not suffer during the time of National Socialism and the Second World War, but rather grew stronger, cannot be understood in the light of Germany's political threats to other countries, but is rather based upon common roots and goals. . . .
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The celebration of traditional community feasts, which gave inner strength during these difficult times was also important:  Investing, First and Final Profession, jubilees, Founding Day.  April 30, 1933 was of importance as the first such celebration in Paderborn after Hitler seized power.  Eleven Postulants were invested and 19 Novices made First Profession.  . . . Many young women entered during the following years until after September 1940, when the acceptance of new applicants became almost impossible due to a decree by the Reich.

This sad situation found a happy balance in the American Provinces.  During the years from 1941-1945, 17 new members were accepted in Germany, but during that same time, 73 were invested in South America and 126 in North America.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

World Day of the Poor

"Tragically, in our own time, even as ostentatious wealth accumulates in the hands of the privileged few, often in connection with illegal activities and the appalling exploitation of human dignity, there is a scandalous growth of poverty in broad sectors of society throughout our world.  Faced with this scenario, we cannot remain passive, much less resigned."

Offering these words on the Memorial of St. Anthony of Padua (June 13), Pope Francis introduced the first-ever World Day of the Poor, to be commemorated on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (November 19).  The complete text of the Holy Father's message is available here.

According to the message, "It is my wish that, in the week preceding the World Day of the Poor . . . Christian communities will make every effort to create moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance.  They can invite the poor and volunteers to take part together in the Eucharist on this Sunday, in such a way that there will be an even more authentic celebration of the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on the following Sunday."

What can we do for the Word Day of the Poor?