RULES FOR DISCERNMENT - Fr Richard Leonard SJ

      SUMMARY OF ST IGNATIUS LOYOLA'S RULES FOR DISCERNMENT (d. 1556)

1.     Trust the common place, the ordinary, the everyday.

2.     Live in the here and now: “one day at a time.”

3.     Don't make a decision when we are down: be careful of emotional haste and be suspicious of the urgent.

4.     Take wise advice wisely, from those we love, from the Church, from professionals.

5.     Learn the patterns what leads to and away from God, light and love.

6.     The bad spirit divides, isolates, locks us in our fears. The Holy Spirit draws us out into the open, to be transparent.

7.     Feelings AND thoughts are good.

8.     What is the most loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, generous, faithful and self-controlled thing to do here? Gal 5:22

9.     The world does not revolve around me: no work for the coming of the Kingdom is too small, irrelevant or inconsequential.

Richard Leonard SJ

 CLICK HERE  - longer version from Fr Richard Leonard's book, Where the hell is God?

 

Climate Petition Update - Sun 30 July

Climate Petition Update.

The Climate Petition for the North Sydney Electorate was handed to Trent Zimmerman MP, Federal Member for North Sydney, on Tuesday 25 July.  The petitions for other electorates will be handed to the MP’s over the next few weeks.  The North Sydney petition contained just over 1430 signatures which were collected at a number of church, school and community activities – many signatures came from parishioners of Our Lady of the Way. 

The petition was delivered by a delegation consisting of Monique Manning and Sophia Skarparis (both students from Monte Sant’ Angelo and parishioners); Geoff Maddox (from Pitt Street Uniting Church and ARRCC); Maggie and Tony Borger (both parishioners, Ecology Group members and members of ARRCC).

Among other things, Mr Zimmerman agreed to make a speech about the petition in Parliament and be a strong voice about the issues around Climate Change in the party room and in parliament.

Many thanks to all who signed.

Climate update image bulletin Sun 30 July

Catechist needed

Our children at Cammeray Public School need your help! Margaret Tam is retiring after more than ten years of Catechist service to her Year 5 children. If you think you could you give an hour of your time each week between 9.45am and 10.15am on Thursdays to teach her class please contact Claire Loneragan 8918 4010 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Training is provided and ongoing support is caring and helpful. 

Ecology group update: Petition and Laudato Si Creed and Reflection

PETITION LINK

  1. Creed
    1. A Creation Care Creed

We believe and trust in God, all-powerful Creator and Sustainer

Who fashions the heavens and the earth and all that is in them

Who gazes on his handiwork in love, pronouncing it ‘very good’

Who crafts men and women, calling us to partnership with him in caring for His world

who provides in generous abundance all that is needed for the whole of Creation to thrive

Who grieves at the way we neglect and spoil his masterpiece, and calls us to Account

We believe and trust in Jesus Christ

who was born like us, choosing to share our humanity with its joy and its pain

Who lived an earthly life, affirming and celebrating the goodness of the physical world

who modelled for us a pattern for living with integrity even though it cost him everything

who died and came back to life to show us that in sacrifice lie the seeds of

freedom and hope

who returned home to his father – his earthly work complete

We believe and trust in the Holy Spirit

who danced at the dawn of time to bring light and life

who breathes life and purpose into all living things

who opens our eyes to injustice and points us truthwards

who calls us to join in the work of sustaining and renewing the earth

We commit ourselves to live day by day in the light of these beliefs, cherishing

The earth and labouring for its healing and renewing,

Amen.

 

LAUDATO SI SUNDAY 2017 - REFLECTION.

THE TITLE OF THE “LAUDATO SI” ENCYCLICAL INCLUDES THE WORDS “ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME.”

THREE WORDS IN EVERYDAY USAGE.    CARE.    COMMON.     HOME

 WORDS CHOSEN BY POPE FRANCIS.

AND WORDS OF IMPORTANCE AND SIGNIFICANCE FOR OUR ECOLOGY GROUP.

 SO LET’S REFLECT A LITTLE ON THESE EVERYDAY WORDS IN THE LAUDATO SI CONTEXT………..

  • THE HEALTH OF THE EARTH, THE ENVIRONMENT AND
  • THE FAIR DISTRIBUTION OF RESOURCES FOR ALL.

CARE

YOU ARE ALL EXPERTS IN CARING. PARENTS OF CHILDREN; CHILDREN OF AGING PARENTS; KIDS WITH PETS; TEACHERS WITH PUPILS; DOCTORS AND NURSES WITH PATIENTS; SHEPHERDS WITH THEIR SHEEP………SO MANY EXAMPLES.

 BUT CARING IS MORE THAN THE ACT OF MAKING A MEAL, CHANGING A NAPPY OR PUTTING A BANDAID ON A GRAZED KNEE. THAT IS THE WORK OF THE HANDS………..CARING IS A MOTIVATION OF THE HEART. IT IS OFTEN HARD WORK AND IT IS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

AND THAT IS THE SAME CARE WE ARE CALLED TO HAVE FOR ALL OF GODS CREATION.

 WE ARE CREATED FOR THAT ROLE. AND THAT IS WHY POPE FRANCIS CALLS US TO ECOLOGICAL CONVERSION; A CONVERSION OF THE WAY OUR HEARTS SEE AND FEEL ABOUT AND ACT FOR CREATION IN ITS GREAT DIVERSITY; IT’S MANY MANIFESTATION.

 COMMON

IN ONE SENSE COULD NOT BE MORE INCORRECT. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ORDINARY ABOUT THIS HOME. THERE IS NO OTHER. ITS BUILDING HAS TAKEN MORE THAN 14 BILLION YEARS AND ITS RENOVATIONS NEVER CEASE.

IN LAUDATO SI, THE PRINCIPAL MEANING IS THE NOTION OF WHAT WE SHARE; OUR SAMENESS……..LIKE THE SONG.  “WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER”.

AND BEYOND THAT, IT’S THE REALISATION AND APPRECIATION OF INTERCONNECTEDNESS.  HOW OUR FAILURES TO RESPECT CREATION CAUSE OTHERS TO LIVE IN POVERTY.WE DEPEND FOR SURVIVAL ON THE REST OF CREATION …….. AND VICE VERSA. THE REST CAN CARE FOR US ONLY IF WE CARE FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE.

 AND EVERYTHING HAS THAT RIGHT BECAUSE ITS CREATOR IS OUR CREATOR.

WE KNOW THAT GODS GIFTS WERE CREATED FOR OUR NEEDS, NOT OUR UNCONTROLLED WANTS.AND IT IS THE CREATORS INTENTION THAT THESE GIFTS BE SHARED WITH FAIRNESS AND EQUITY, NOW BETWEEN ALL LIVING PEOPLES............AND IN GOOD SHAPE FOR THE GENERATIONS TO COME.

HOME

IS OUR EARTH AND THAT OF ALL CREATION. IT IS NOT JUST OUR PERSONAL BRICKS AND MORTAR. IT IS HABITAT. AND WHAT CONSTITUTES THAT HABITAT IN TURN ENJOYS THE SAME HOME.

IT WAS FOR ME A BIT OF A WOW MOMENT WHEN I REALISED THAT THE EARTH AND ALL THAT IT CONSTITUTES IT, IS ITS OWN HOME.

               IT’S WHERE EVERYTHING, EVERY PART OF CREATION FINDS REFUGE AND CARE AND LOVE AND RESPECT

              AND  RENEWAL AND REVITALISATION AND RELEVANCE.

 IT’S WHERE WE ALL UNDERGO THE CHANGE THAT IS IMPLICIT IN THE MEANING AND DIRECTION OF CREATION.

 NO CHANGE..........NO LIFE.

 LAUDATI SI .......PRAISED BE!!!!

 MICHAEL GILL