God of Peace,
who in the poverty of the blessed Clare
gave us a clear light to shine in the darkness of this world:
give us grace so to follow in her footsteps
that we may, at the last, rejoice with her
in your eternal glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Two reflections on St Clare:
AUSTRALIAN THIRD ORDER
FRANCISCAN ACTION NETWORK
What is needed is a revolution. This is not a call to arms. It is a call to the heart. Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement and communities known for their hospitality to the poor and their pacifism, proclaimed that “what is needed is a revolution of the heart.” It is a revolution that begins with each one of us but not in isolation. The revolution of the heart takes place in community. And it is only through being in community that the revolutionary vision that Dr. King called for — the radical transformation of values as he denounced the giant triplets of “racism, militarism, and consumerism” — can be embraced and waged. And this revolution is already underway. It is happening on the margins, in oppressed communities, in the abandoned places of Empire like Detroit and Philadelphia, on the borders, the inner cities, and the rural farming towns. All over this country, people are coming together to build community. The state has abandoned them. The promises of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are virtues extended to the proud and the rich, not the humble and the poor. But it is in the humble and simple work of local family farmers committed to organic production practices and land stewardship that true life, liberty, and happiness is found.
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As you all have already guessed, there was no meeting scheduled for June due to scheduling conflicts and availability issues. There will be NO meeting in July. August is the Northeast Regional Convocation. That will be held on August 20-22 at the XAVIER CENTER Convent Station, NJ. The cost is $195.00 per person. Full payment MUST be made by August 6, 2010. If you plan on using other accommodations, the Xavier Center will charge $30.00 per day with lunch and $50.00 per day with dinner. To register, make check or money order out to:
319 Wyman Park Dr
Baltimore, MD 21211-2804
For any additional questions, please contact Janet MOORE 413-436-9787. Our next monthly meeting will be planned for September.
This video slide show was done after my daughter Emily and I lived and volunteered for a week at the St Francis Inn. The St Francis Inn is a Catholic Franciscan (OFM, Holy Name Province) run multi ministry "Eucharistic community called to minister with the poor and homeless of Philadelphia. Formed in the spirit of the Gospel and inspired by the life and compassion of and , they try to meet the immediate daily needs of the people we serve with food, clothing and hospitality." They run a thrift store, woman's center, urban center and help the with a health clinic.
Located in the heart of one of the poorest sections of Philadelphia, 2441 Kensington Av, it serves meals to several hundred people EVERY day. Please visit their site at:
St Francis Inn
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