Companions in Mission: Caitlin Hardy & Wanty Widjaja

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It is with great joy that we welcome two newest Companions in Mission (CIM), Caitlin Hardy and Wanty Widjaja, who made their First Commitment on Saturday 5 November 2016 in the Genazzano FCJ College Chapel.

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L-R: Wanty Widjaja & Caitlin Hardy, CIM. November 2016.

For a period of eighteen months, Caitlin and Wanty have journeyed together in prayer and formation alongside the companionship and warmth of Pat Fitzgerald and Maureen Merlo, as group leaders. Both Caitlin and Wanty have been associated with the FCJs for a number of years, though in different ways. Caitlin is an alumna of Genazzano (2013), while Wanty first met the FCJ Sisters in her native Indonesia, having since strengthened bonds with the FCJs in Australia.

The intimate ceremony was prepared by Caitlin and Wanty, and attended by family members, friends and a faithful cohort of Sisters. Their public commitment to live inspired by the spirit of Marie Madeleine d’Houët and the charism of the FCJ Society, as Companions in Mission, was formally received by Sr Catherine Flynn fcJ.

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Especially moving was Wanty expressing that she now has even more family here in Australia!

Congratulations to Caitlin and Wanty and thank you, for saying yes to living as FCJ Companions in Mission. May your witness continue to grow and inspire those around you. May our God, our Faithful Companion, bless you.

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L-R: CIM Province Co-ordinator, Pat Fitzgerald; Wanty Widjaja; Sr Catherine Flynn fcJ; Caitlin Hardy and Sr Maureen Merlo fcJ

Twilight

TWILIGHT (from dictionary.com)
twi·light / ˈtwaɪˌlaɪt / noun

1. the soft, diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, either from daybreak to sunrise or, more commonly, from sunset to nightfall.

2. the period in the morning or, more commonly, in the evening during which this light prevails.

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Photo: G. Tan, 2013


Let us prepare for Advent. Our theme is Advent at Twilight. Twilight is the transitional movement, usually of one kind of light to another. Spiritually, we may speak of the transition of one space to another. The Advent journey is in a way, a twilight space. Such ‘in-betweeness’ is also called a ‘liminal space.’

Richard Rohr OFM writes:

[It is] a unique spiritual position where human beings hate to be but where the biblical God is always leading them. It is when you have left the tried and true, but have not yet been able to replace it with anything else. It is when you are finally out of the way. It is when you are between your old comfort zone and any possible new answer. If you are not trained in how to hold anxiety, how to live with ambiguity, how to entrust and wait, you will run…anything to flee this terrible cloud of unknowing. | Richard Rohr

 

Have you found yourself in a place of ‘not-yet’? How do you deal with this waiting? Are you easily anxious? Or are you so much of a doer that you don’t even realise you’re in a hurry?

Graced Moment

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Image credit: ‘A Rainbow Appears’, Wellness360studio.com

Graced Moment

A yellow sunbeam beckoned me
before day turned to night;
the air was clear and magic,
the sky was bright.
To westward, sheets of golden silk
shimmered and glowed,
luminous clouds hung in the sky,
rippled and flowed.
I turned around, an urge to seek
the eastern sky,
and there, clear arched above the road –
a rainbow high.
Both ends were anchored in the earth,
a perfect bow,
a blessing from the sky above
and earth below.
The colours radiated clear,
distinct, yet one.
A double arc crept into view;
the work was done.
Such scenes have happened here
since time began:
an arc with seven rungs –
part of the plan
to lift our minds to cosmic truth
and draw us home
to love’s embrace, the ancient goal –
no more to roam.
A cosmic child, summoned to tell
all time and space,
Earth speaks of star-dust images –
Creator’s face.

– Sr Mary O’Shannessy FCJ

In Everyday Splendour (Melbourne: Poetica Christi Press, 2011), 104.

Write the Soul Online Retreat

We can be so busy doing the work of God that we forget to just be with God. That’s why “spiritual checking-in”, as I like to call it, is so important. Without grounding in where you are with God (and self, included), there is often the potential to lose balance. All work and no pray makes Jack, Jill and John potentially harmful by this distraction away from God. In Ignatian spirituality, we call this temptation as working or following “the angel of light”, essentially a bad spirit appearing as the good.

As such, I wish to share with you, a brilliant initiative by Vinita Hampton Wright, of LoyolaPress on her blog, Days of Deepening Friendship (for Women Growing Wiser). Below are the details:

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Please share this around to your friends, family and networks.

Be the Silence the World Hates

In an article published about our new Pope Francis in the Washington Post, the following is said:

The Jesuits [of which Pope Francis is one] —the shorthand name for the society—are men who are formed by silent, disciplined prayer.

Their worldwide leader, Father Adolfo Nicolas, recently said that the Jesuits and their companions ought to “be the silence the world hates.”

| Christopher Hale

What does that mean, to be the silence the world hates? It means stopping the noise of our busyness. Unplugging from the unnecessary. Unplugging even, from what is normally depended on for a few minutes, placing complete trust instead on God’s embrace.

It means going deeper, being present to yourself, to others and to the world around you, the world of which you are a part. And this world is a living organism, despite its brokenness.

In asking, then leading the people in a prayer of silence, Pope Francis showed us the way of prayer preceding action. From there can the work be sustained. And in silence is the voice of God, gentle as a whisper but always calling, always inviting, always welcoming us to closer union with him.

What’s more is the mutuality of Francis’ request: at once venerating the majesty of God, but also recognising our need for each other.

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For the complete article I refer to, please click here.