We are grateful for today's pre-Chapter reflection from an anonymous Sister of Christian Charity:
Jesus, Real Presence
Poured in Consecrated Life
You make us new wine
The Presence of Jesus calls for new wineskin
We cannot live Consecrated Life without Him
Practices that neglect His teachings and way
Must be replaced with focus on Jesus today
Maybe we need to be stretched and simplify
From our comfort to sacrifice, to purify
As workaholism and relativism fill our culture
We are wine of Truth, we are spiritual mother
The essence of our wineskin is still based on His Presence
Consecration, Christ's beloved spouse, corporate witness
Just as Mother Pauline envisioned our lives of service
Let us be courageous in mission, not nervous
We are the new wine -- new, because of Christ's Presence within
Our way of life, reflecting this, is the new wineskin
The Sisters of Christian Charity of the North American Eastern Province will hold our Provincial Chapter from February 14-18, 2019. Please join us in praying the prayer for our Provincial Chapter.
Today is the 27th World Day of the Sick. In his message for this day (click here), Pope Francis urges all of us -- especially those engaging in the ministry of healthcare -- to promote "the culture of generosity and of gift, which is indispensable for overcoming the culture of profit and waste. . . . The joy of generous giving is a barometer of the healthy Christian."
We give thanks today for all Sisters of Christian Charity, past and present, who have given their lives to the ministry of healthcare.