Thursday, June 23, 2022

Blessing for the Brokenhearted

 

Let us agree
for now
that we will not say
the breaking
makes us stronger
or that it is better
to have this pain
than to have done
without this love.

--Jan Richardson

https://www.debbieaugenthaler.com/blessing-for-the-brokenhearted-by-jan-richardson/

Friday, January 7, 2022

Stay-treat


I'm getting ready for a retreat at home again this year. If you have ever done it, you know it is a challenge to get into a retreat space of mind and heart without getting away physically from your space. However, with the pandemic, I think it is the better choice to retreat at home again. 

Having done this with mixed success in the past, I am garnering resources for my retreat at home - or what I'm calling my stay-treat. I thought I might just be able to google this, but alas, it isn't that easy. So I'm gathering some resources and I thought I would share them here - and please feel free to share your resources as well. These are, in no particular order:

    - Pray as you go

    - Meditation Retreat at Home

    - Covid Isolation Retreat

    - Laudato Si Retreat

    - Laudato Si Retreat Guide

    - Women's Christmas Retreat

    - A Path Called Solace

Last year, I did a 'coffee retreat'. Sounds great, doesn't it? Basically, I identified several life-long friends and scheduled a virtual coffee with them during the retreat week. That was the thread that kept my retreat 'on track'. We were able to catch up, honor the God-space in each of us, and nurture that space. What a gift that was. 

This year, I know that I need to put some things in place:

1. Have a gentle spiritual path, with periodic check-ins to help keep on that path. I like directed retreats for that reason. 

2. Have a good walking routine. I love to take long prayer walks, usually several times a day. I usually try to go south during our Missouri winter, so that I can warm up, body and soul.

3. Make sure I have sufficient healthy foods around. I like that about the retreat - not having to worry about food and being surprised by nourishing meals several times a day. 

4. Have a playlist ready, get an ice-skating pass, and prepare to be amazed by grace!



Friday, December 17, 2021

Home style Christmas Lessons and Carols


I was in need of shortened Lessons and Carols for small group worship. Not finding anything on the internet that met my needs, I assembled this service. It has the prayers and readings, and links to YouTubes with singalong style songs and lyrics. Maybe it will help others. 

For the song, go to the link - it will have about a dozen songs on it. After the song title is the timestamp of the song. The link should take you right to it. 

A SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS

--WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

CAROL: ONCE IN ROYAL DAVID’S CITY: 

https://youtu.be/t-BcLKW1rQ0?t=3466 - Karaoke: 19 Once in Royal David's City 57:46


THE BIDDING PRAYER

Beloved in Christ, let it be our care and delight this Christmas

to prepare ourselves to hear again the message of the angels: 

in heart and mind let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing which is come to pass, 

and with the shepherds and Magi adore the Child lying in Mary’s arms. 

Let us read and hear in Holy Scripture the loving purposes of God 

from the first days of creation to the glorious redemption brought us by this Holy Child; 

and let us be glad with our carols of praise: 

But first, let us pray for the

needs of the whole world; 

for peace and goodwill over all the earth; 

for unity within the Church Jesus came to build, 

within the nations of the world, our country, and our neighborhoods. 

And let us at this time remember in his name the poor and the helpless, 

the cold, the hungry, and the oppressed; 

the sick in body and in mind and those that mourn; 

the lonely and the unloved; 

the aged and the little children; 

and all who do not know the loving-kindness of our God. 

Lastly, let us remember before God all those who rejoice with us, 

on another shore and in a greater light, 

that multitude which no one can number, 

whose hope was in the God who came among us, 

and with whom we for evermore are one. 

And let us pray in words Jesus gave us:


Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name,

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive them that trespass against us;

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.

Amen.


May God bless us with grace:

Christ give us the joys of everlasting life: 

and may the God of heaven bring us one day to the company of saints and angels.

Amen.


VENI, VENI EMMANUEL (O COME, O COME EMMANUEL)

https://youtu.be/vrK-fKtNQyY - 7am choir: 1) O Come, O Come Emmanuel (00:03)


LESSON 1: GENESIS 3.8-15 (The Fall)

8 They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ 10He said, ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.’ 11 He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’ 12 The man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.’ 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, ‘What is this that you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent tricked me, and I ate.’ 14 The LORD God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, cursed are you among all animals and among all wild creatures; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.’


WHAT CHILD IS THIS?

https://youtu.be/t-BcLKW1rQ0?t=4533 – Karaoke: 25 What Child is This? 1:15:33


LESSON 2: GENESIS 22.15-18 (The Promise of Abraham)

15 The angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven, 16 and said, ‘By myself I have sworn, says the LORD: Because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of their enemies, 18 and by your offspring shall all the nations of the earth gain blessing for themselves, because you have obeyed my voice.’


CAROL: ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH

https://youtu.be/vrK-fKtNQyY?t=1200 - 7am choir: 7) Angels We Have Heard On High (20:00)


LESSON 3: ISAIAH 9.2, 6-7 (The Prophecy of the Messiah’s Birth)

2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. … 6 For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onwards and for evermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.


CAROL: JOY TO THE WORLD

https://youtu.be/vrK-fKtNQyY?t=1533 - 7am choir: 9) Joy To The World (25:33)


LESSON 6: LUKE 2.1-7 (Luke Tells of the Birth of Jesus)

1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be registered. 4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 5 He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.


AWAY IN A MANGER

https://youtu.be/t-BcLKW1rQ0?t=321 - Karaoke: 3 Away in a Manger 5:21


LESSON 7: LUKE 2.8-16 (The Shepherds Go to the Manger)

8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’ 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, 14 ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’ 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ 16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.


STILLE NACHT (SILENT NIGHT)

https://youtu.be/t-BcLKW1rQ0 - Karaoke: 1 Silent Night 0:00


PRAYER AND BLESSING

O God, you make us glad with the yearly remembrance of the birth of you only Child, Jesus Christ: Grant that as we joyfully receive our redeemer, so we may with sure confidence see him, when he comes again; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

Amen.

May he who by his Incarnation gathered into one, things earthly and heavenly, grant you the fullness of inward peace and goodwill; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you always.

Amen.


CAROL: O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL

https://youtu.be/vrK-fKtNQyY?t=1314 - 7am choir: 8) O Come All Ye Faithful (21:54)

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Abundance on Villa - Solar Project


Abundance on Villa is a project of Religious Life Project which provides an intercommunity living space for Catholic sisters.

        a. The Solar project seeks to convert an intercommunity residence for Catholic sisters to be run completely on solar energy, including charging of electric vehicles. Thus, the sisters can lead the way in their communities and regions toward reducing their carbon footprint.

        b. This project is located in Dogtown Ecovillage, benefitting from the expertise and support of the ecovillage.

        c. Homeowners generally have tax incentives to help with solar installations. However, nonprofits are not able to take advantage of these incentives, so they look to grantors to help make these projects accessible.                   

The GOAL of Abundance on Villa – Solar Project is to convert an intercommunity residence for Catholic sisters to be run completely on solar energy, supporting their work in healthcare, education and social services.

This project is at the forefront of the two prongs of the RLP mission: 

        a. emerging future of religious life that supports sisters' work for the poor and marginalized,

        b. living and witnessing to environmental sustainability and carbon draw-down.

The IMPACT of the Abundance on Villa – Solar Project is two-fold:

        a. Those living in and visiting the intercommunity house will be immediately impacted. 

        b. More broadly the sisters promote knowledge and practice of energy sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint and this will function as a demonstration site for their sustainability education and promotion efforts.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Sisters 2.0 Gathering & Summer Sisters

Gathering

Sisters 2.0 is a group of Catholic Sisters born after 1955 gathering for sharing, networking, and mutual support. 
Due to the challenges of life in COVID and of several of our personal and community situations, we have not been able to meet for several months. However, it's time to gather again. You can go to our FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2025979371043364 or message me directly at amyhereford@gmail.com for more information on our May 7, 2021 online gathering. 
A lot has been happening this year for all of us as we learn to navigate the ever-changing world of COVID and keep abreast with community and ministry. This will be a chance for us to gather and catch up. Then we can begin again with our sharing of our experience of religious life today.

Summer Sisters

Summer Sisters is an idea that we have been kicking around for a few years. The idea is to open our hearts and our homes to one another over the summer. It is open to Sisters in various religious communities. So, we would like to take this opportunity to invite Sisters to stay with us over the summer in St. Louis. We are specifically inviting GV and 2.0 Sisters who would like to spend a little time with us. Call it retreat, vacation, mini-sabbatical, inter-community sisterhood networking, eco-spirituality immersion, urban eco-village experience, etc. You may have heard of couch-surfing... this would be more like convent-surfing.
Summer/retreat/vacation time is a great time to open our doors to one another, to build the networks among us and to nourish the spirit that is moving among us. Reach out to me at amyhereford@gmail.com to see if this is something that can work out for you and for us. 

As always, blessings on your journey.
Amy

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Fratelli Tutti

The new encyclical brings the breadth of Catholic Social Teaching on human solidarity to center stage at a critical time, esp considering
  • the pandemic
  • the movement for Black Lives
  • the election
  • the climate crisis
  • the economic melt-down
  • the refugee crisis

We gradually come to know ourselves through our relationships with our brothers and sisters. Sooner or later, we will all encounter a person who is suffering. Today there are more and more of them. The decision to include or exclude those lying wounded along the roadside can serve as a criterion for judging every economic, political, social, and religious project.

If you are longing for an authoritative statement about what it means to be authentically pro-life in today's world, take the time to read the original text.

If you are looking for calm in the face of chaos and hope in the face crisis, take the time to read the text.

Full text;   Summary


Friday, October 2, 2020

Masking and Unmasking

The Coronavirus Pandemic has triggered a global health crisis, as countries - rich and poor - seek to respond as the disease rolls through their population. The pandemic has also triggered a global economic crisis as companies and individuals, governments and municipalities seek to put responsible restrictions in place and limit economic and social action. This response has triggered social unrest as left and right clash, responding to different narratives about the pandemic, about it’s unequal impact, about the science, and about the meaning of truth itself. 
In the wake of this chaos, the killing of George Floyd triggered a massive international outpouring of righteous indignation. The killing of George Floyd came on the heels of the killings of black people including Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and so, so many others at the hands of the police and armed white nationalists. The sustained and largely peaceful protests against police brutality have been met sometimes with fair and even-handed policing, and at other times protesters have been met with harsh treatment by local police and by federal agents who unleash military-style weapons on unarmed Americans, on US soil, in our city streets. 
At the same time, our ecological crisis is deepening as environmental protections are rolled back. 
And US policy and US agents are holding vulnerable immigrants in inhumane conditions at our borders, violating their human rights and violating our own highest ideals as an American people.
This is the dark picture that we see unfolding around us and we weep. 
Yet it is not all dark: In this time of Masks, we see a lot that is Unmasked.
This current constellation of crises UNMASKS many things - 
    • It UNMASKS deep inequities that already existed in our society, 
    • It UNMASKS deep division that already existed in our politics, 
    • It UNMASKS deep fragility that already existed in our economy, 
    • It UNMASKS the gross negligence of our society that deepens the environmental crisis – it is this cavalier attitude that is in part responsible for this pandemic.
At the same time this current constellation of crises 
UNMASKS our deep interconnection: Fauci and public health professionals have become prophets of community health, prophets of the deep connections that we have, one with another. We must care for one another because we hold each others well-being in our hands.
It UNMASKS - the global nature of our society, politics, economy, ecological system
It UNMASKS the beloved community called for by Dr. King and being birthed on our streets and in our hospitals and across the country. 
Never has it been more important to lean in to our unity as a human community and as a CSJ community. 
We are called to inner healing, hope and conversion. 
And we are called to turn outward in solidarity with POC, immigrants, and the LGBT community. 
We are called to build the beloved community, reach out to the dear neighbor, to learn and to live the economics of the golden rule.
Stay safe, stay connected, and stay active!
Amy