Saturday, September 14th
Reflecting on Yom Kippur
Lessons for all!
On Saturday, July 13th at 10 am, Wellspring will be hosting our monthly Spiritual Journeys and Fraternity Meeting. For the Spiritual Journeys portion of our day, we will be viewing the first part of the DVD “In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan: A Model for Peacemaking.” It is the perfect discussion as our Muslim brothers and sisters begin the month of Ramadan this week. If you are interested in attending, simply email email@example.com or reply to this post with an email. I will send you the address.
I decided to trike my way to our meeting yesterday. It was a gorgeous morning and ever since Bike the Drive, I pretty much feel like I can take some physical challenges on. The trip was an hour long to Portage Park. I had my coffee and led the Spiritual Journeys portion of the day with a meditation on summer, asking us to think about midyear accomplishments and the ways in which we would take care of ourselves during this season.
Our conversation meandered in the way that I always appreciate. The spirit, I am convinced, is leading the way in spite of me. I wasn’t sure I had presented my thoughts well. I started them off with a poem by Derek Walcott, “A Lesson on a Sunday,” which may not have been an expected inspirational piece for the occasion. Nevertheless, it worked. It works the way it always does.
Our afternoon formation was dedicated to watching Ilia Delio’s remarks at the Q conference. I was starting to feel the aches and pains on my back. I thought lying on the floor would calm it down. And it did. A little too much.
I started fighting the weight of my eyelids and the heaviness of my breathing. I was concentrating on repeating the key phrases of her talk that said something meaningful to me. Then I felt myself snoring, unable to move from the blissful position of rest I had managed to achieve. Active contemplatives. Contemplative actives. Active. Action. Contemplation. ZZZzzzzzZZZ…
I have sleep apnea. So my snores are a thing of wonder. My wellspring confreres somehow managed to listen to Ilia Delio and discuss and disagree and discuss, ignoring my snores. They are so kind. B said she figured I had an hour to get back home so better get all the rest I could. I protested saying I had heard some of it. D said, SURE, did you see the dog jumping over you back and forth. AWWWW, PD!!!
Now, I have to get my own copy of the Q conference and watch it with my eyes open.
We have updated some of our links: About Us and Spiritual Journeys. Please check them out. Also, our next Spiritual Journeys is coming up on Saturday. I hope you can join us then. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (that is blogmistress, yours truly) and we will email you with some details. We will be doing a Lenten reflection and discussion. Thank you so much for reading us!
We hope your Lent is going well.
Several years ago, I was inspired by a colleague to think about a service/learning course that would link the classroom to my faith community. Why could I not do the same? I thought we could read Franciscan literature and history and theology and then see how Franciscan spirituality was manifested in the real world. I finally got to launch this course in the Fall on 2012.
I assigned the following readings: Dante’s Paradiso, Bonaventure’s Life of Francis, Leonardo Boff’s Francis a Model of Human Liberation, and the various Rules and Admonitions found in the Western Classics Anthology. I would love to review all of these at a later date. I think our students enjoyed the readings but Dante proved to be a little bit, I don’t know, not so exciting for them. HAHAHHAH!
The projects we undertook were visits to our Wellspring Fraternity, Brookfield Zoo (our roving naturalist Mary H was absolutely fantastic and transformative!), the Transitus, the McQuard Center, and the Good Mourning Program hosted by Rainbow Hospice. I believe they enjoyed all of these tremendously.
All in all, I think I learned a lot. Teaching a subject I thought I knew has been a revelatory experience. I have been transformed deeply by this experience. I learned a lot about Francis, about how our students can be still idealistic, devout and dedicated to a life of faith and the practice of love, about my own shortcomings and how much I have taken for granted. I am very grateful for the opportunity I was given to teach this course.
Today we are in a new phase of humanity. We all are returning to our common house, the Earth: the people, the societies, the cultures and religions. Exchanging experiences and values, we enrich ourselves and we complete ourselves mutually.