Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Cleaning out Clogged Drains

By Sr. Judy Donohue, SC Federation Temporary Professed

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In early November, I noticed our garage gutters were clogged and not draining properly. I got a ladder, and pulled the bulk of the leaves out in one swipe. Immediately a gush of water plummeted down the pipe. It continued to drain for a while. Today, I thought what in me is clogged up, that is preventing the joy of the Spirit from flowing freely? Is it judgment, unforgiveness, pride, fear, expectations? God, whatever is blocking me from a more joyful life in my vocation, ministry, relationships, set me free. Clean out of me the leaves of competition, comparing, resentment and let the light and sunshine of the Spirit flow freely through. Letting the love of life, God and others flow ever greater is a gift worth seeking during this season of Thanksgiving. I’m grateful for God speaking to me through an act of service.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Gathering in New Orleans

During the weekend of November 1-3, 2019, the Future of Charity met for a fun-filled, prayerful time together at the House of Charity in New Orleans, LA. Upon arrival, each person was welcomed with a hug. We began with a prayer service honoring the Saints who have gone before us with an ofrenda.  We placed pictures of the Saints of our communities as well as family and friends upon the altar. We shared how they had touched our lives. Remembering the example of those who have gone before us, those who had been faithful to the call of God in Religious Life and in serve to the poor inspired many.  

We did some planning of the FUTURE for the Future of Charity at our business meeting. We want to continue meeting and expand by inviting others to join in our group! The bonding and joyful times of laughter and conversations shared shows how loving one another is so life giving. We shared many delicious meals: a pizza made by Annie and Vicki, and on Sunday, PoBoy sandwiches at the PoBoy festival!