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  • Relationships

    1. 1. Relationships
    2. 2. Lines of Action - Relationships To revitalize our relationships, let us go beyond what already exists to: • Give a new impetus to our spiritual life so that in our Communities we experience God and communion among our Sisters for the Mission • Develop greater attentiveness to the Spirit at work in the lives of peoples and in events in the world. In the light of this, discern individually and communally the values and counter- values to today’s culture. • Intensify our proximity of life and heart with those who are poor • Create joyful communities where diversity is accepted as an enrichment. • Encourage participation, co-responsibility and subsidiartiy on all levels.
    3. 3. Lines of Action - Relationships Turning the Ordinary into the Extraordinary “Sacramental principle” Sharing bread and wine Body and Blood of Christ Pouring of water Cleansing from sin Sharing a life Taste of the Divine Intimacy
    4. 4. Lines of Action - Relationships Sacraments Not things Actions “Training Wheels” for the eyes of faith – heard and forgot – saw and remembered – did and understood Eucharist in John’s Gospel •foot washing
    5. 5. Lines of Action - Relationships Give a new impetus to our spiritual life so that in our Communities we experience God and communion among our brothers and sisters for the Mission Contemplation Spiritual direction
    6. 6. Lines of Action - Relationships The Divine Intimacy/communion - Trinity – Unity, equality – Diversity
    7. 7. Lines of Action - Relationships Challenge to see every Eucharist as image of The Eternal Banquet – Unity, equality – Diversity Eucharistic Banquet as image, symbol, pictogram of eternal communion
    8. 8. Lines of Action - Relationships Challenge to see every MEAL as eucharistic "this is what it must be like" celebrating table fellowship as foretaste of divine •draw on the experience of social intimacy until we meet again around the heavenly table •keeping alive the experience and memory and the hope – Past, present, future
    9. 9. Lines of Action - Relationships Challenge to see every RELATIONSHIP as eucharistic Celebrating human relationships, images of the divine "this is what it is supposed to be like…." Recreating the elements of divine intimacy Drawing on table vision to recreate even now – see every experience of intimacy as a mini eucharist – cultivating and treasuring moments of intimacy and community yet not confusing them with the goal – keeping alive the experience and memory perfume, sound of voice, touch
    10. 10. Lines of Action - Relationships Eucharist as prayer of action Reliving our our moments of peak awareness that we are one Contemplation in action In the action you understand God from within the action
    11. 11. Lines of Action - Relationships DO this in Memory of me - Eucharist Danger of missing the point, limiting our understanding Prisoner of the tabernacle Individualism Exclusivism Don’t just celebrate what I have done DO what I have done- POUR OUT YOUR LIFE
    12. 12. Lines of Action - Relationships Divine Intimacy Eternal banquet Eucharistic banquet Ordinary meals Social relationships Marital intimacy All point to the Divine Communion
    13. 13. Lines of Action - Relationships It is always important to speak about community concretely. "The person who loves his dream of community more than the real community itself destroys community.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    14. 14. Table graphic
    15. 15. Lines of Action - Relationships Who sat at Jesus’ table? – 'the immoral' (prostitutes and sinners) – 'the marginalized' (lepers and sick people) – 'heretics' (samaritans and pagans) – 'collaborators' (publicans and soldiers) – 'the weak' and 'the poor' (who have neither power nor knowledge) – those who have no place receive a place – those who have a place in social life often don't have a place in Jesus' company.
    16. 16. Lines of Action - Relationships Who sits at our table? Physically Emotionally What is the shape of our “table”? Square, oblong Round “Create joyful communities where diversity is accepted as an enrichment”
    17. 17. Lines of Action - Relationships Who sits at our table? Do we all look alike? How universal is our community Implications for vocations? Even if we all look alike, do we have emotional room for differences? Introverts, extroverts School sisters, hospital sisters, etc. Gifted, less gifted Favored, less favored
    18. 18. Lines of Action - Relationships Develop greater attentiveness to the Spirit at work in the lives of peoples and in events in the world. Transforming the Ordinary into the Extraordinary

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