Well there really isn’t a joke here, despite the opening line…But what we do have is cause for celebration – the ordination of the Fr Wilbert Mireh SJ, Myanmar’s first Jesuit priest. The ‘firsts’ of things are always exciting, uplifting and inspiring.
In the spirit of community therefore, I’d like to share with you, something about the Faithful Companions of Jesus Sisters in Myanmar.
There is a community of FCJ Sisters in Yangon, Myanmar, the Province of Asia-Australia’s youngest mission. It is a vastly different context from that of Australia, with the majority of its population being Buddhist. Myanmar is also one of South-east Asia’s poorest countries, having seen political, social and economical upheaval. However through education, support groups and leadership formation, Srs Agnes, Sisca and Marion FCJ live and work with the people for a better world:
We also continue to support educational and development needs in poor areas in central Myanmar by providing educational resources, toilets, and wells to schools and villages.
Hospitality is an important part of our community ministry. We welcome many people to our community each year. Some come to join us for prayer and a meal, others for short stays of a few days and some for a month.
Our community is greatly enriched by all. | Sr Marion FCJ
To read more about the FCJ mission in Myanmar, you can visit the Society’s web site. Congratulations to Fr Mireh and continual gratitude to the FCJ community in Yangon for their lives of dedication, service and love, for God’s greater glory!
Consider the following passages as we prepare to celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart:
Burning with true justice for those lost, hungry crowds, Jesus would give nothing less than everything – even if it cost him his life. | Frank Andersen, Eucharist: Participating in the Mystery, p.57
A little later on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus I was at the convent of the Sacred Heart waiting for Mass. I was reflecting on the happiness of those who belong entirely to God and whose only occupation is loving and communing with him. I regretted that I was not called to Carmel. Suddenly I distinctly heard a voice coming to me from the Crucifix on the altar: “I thirst.” I was deeply moved by these words. I knelt in adoration and offered myself to God with my whole heart for all that he asked of me. | Marie Madeleine d’Höuet, Memoirs
How do we work to feed, fill and nourish one another in our lives, at home, at work and in our communities? Note the ways in which we do this.
How do we let Jesus fill us? Do we let Jesus fill us? Or do we feed our hunger with other food?
Bringing all these thoughts to God, gratefully end with thanks.
Part of being a people of faith, justice and compassion is in our awareness of what goes on in the world.
Today I read that Palestinians in Israel have been denied the right to walk or run in a marathon. The article says, “Organizers sought to ‘tell a different story than the one of conflict and hate'”, but this has brought opposition from the other party. Where is the justice in such a situation?
Meanwhile there is also a reflection by Loyola Press editor, Vinita Hampton Wright, on walking as an act of faith.
A few thoughts come to mind, on:
• Our personal freedom
• The treatment and healthy use of our bodies
• An appreciation for our bodies, in all the faculties
• The way in which we all go through life, be it in swift urgency or slow contemplation
• And gratitude for all these, which are gifts from God
The Principle and Foundation [Exx 23] is especially relevant here. May we remember and together pray and live in such a way that we affirm that we are created to praise, reverence and serve God, through the care of ourselves and all God’s creatures with balance, as is right.
What are your feelings toward today’s news from the Middle East?
What are your responses to Vinita’s video reflection?
Here’s a post by A-Mused author, Philip Chircop SJ, which I invite you to read and ponder. For me, it speaks of humanity as our shared ecosystem of chaos and order, abundance and emptiness, light and dark. And in all things, there is a reason as well as a season. In all things, in every thing, there is God.
THE DANGERS OF TOO PURE
In popular culture the quote “Water which is too pure has no fish”comes from the movie Bulletproof Monk with Chow Yun-Fat. But it actually originates from the Ts’ai Ken T’an (Vegetable Roots Discourses) compiled by Hong Zicheng during the time of the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644) in China.
The section that contains this quote is:
Soil that is dirty grows the countless things. Water that is clear has no fish. Thus as a mature person you properly include and retain a measure of grime. You can’t just go along enjoying your own private purity and restraint. (Robert Aitken trans. Vegetable Roots Discourse[Counterpoint, 2007] observation 76, page 38 )
– What do you think is the author trying to say?
– How comfortable are you with the idea that maturity and grime can and perhaps ought to coexist?
– Can it be that someone becomes so sanitized that he or she become sterile and lifeless, thus defeating the entire purpose of life as a journey of growth, discovery and becoming?
Companionship comes in all shapes and sizes. One powerful way is through a camera lens.
Meet Mark Horvath, founder of InvisiblePeople.tv, an initiative which aim is to debunk the myths about homeless people as ‘lost (cause) people’, worthless and invisible. Through the lens of the camera, we are given a glimpse into the lives of these people we would normally otherwise ignore or not get too close to.
Horvath himself was homeless at a time, and makes it clear that the injustices surrounding this issue are not something that we can turn our backs on. To act justly, to be just is to be with these people, to let them be heard and to receive them, just as they are. Being ignored and discarded is always a disservice, not only to the person who is being ignored or discarded, but also to the person who gives this treatment.
In the following interview, we get to know a little about Mark’s work and calling in life that leaves goosebumps on the skin. I especially love the rawness of Mark’s approach, so much so that there is a disclaimer on the organisation’s web site saying:
Caution! Some content may be offensive. Our hope is you’ll get mad enough to do something.
The video ends with a simple but confronting question: If not you, who?
Shining A Light on Invisible People
Source: What’s Your Calling?
Knowing that we are already chosen and beloved in our Creator’s eyes, the challenge then comes in realising this, in embodying this truth.
Very often I can hear that I am loved, but do I take that to heart and let it transform my living?