Showing posts from April, 2011

Good Friday, From Contemplation to Action

Earlier in the week, Kris posted on her Good Friday experience.   This is the reflection of Ana, a Maryknoll Affiliate, who was with Kris:
As long as I can remember I have spent some part of Good Friday (morning or afternoon) at church praying and meditating on the Passion of Jesus.This year that setting changed and the meditation and prayers took a more active form.Church became the gates of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.I went there with two affiliates from Maryknoll to support the annual Good Friday demonstration against water contamination and nuclear weapons.My intention when I decided to go was to join the services and to be one more participant.Instead I ended up with one of those spiritual/religious experiences that are part prayer, blessing and totally unexpected.
We arrived at the gathering site, which was approximately half of a mile from the gate. The majority of the demonstrators had already arrived.Shortly the program began with songs, prayers and reflections.Late…

Good Friday at Ground Zero for Nuclear Weapons

I don't know if you remember my blog from the last Good Friday (it's okay if you don't) but I went to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory located in the city of Livermore, CA. It's a big facility that engages in all kinds of secretive nuclear weapon kinds of stuff with scary signs on the outer fence about being arrested for trespassing and all the federal codes one would be violating should one be bold enough to enter without permission. The scariest facts about the Lab are not on any sign: a plume of contaminated ground water inching its way ever closer to the source of drinking water for Livermore Valley. Endangered wildlife such as the red-legged frog living in toxicity (rumor has it some have 3 eyes). Trees so radioactive they have to be disposed of in the same manner as nuclear waste. Eight-five hundred employees exposed to this site on a daily basis. Weapons of mass destruction capable of destroying life on earth several times over. None of that on…

"Peace Be With You"

Sometimes, the Holy Spirit whispers in your ear, and sometimes it shakes you by the shoulders. When Father Tom Marti, MM, director of our Maryknoll Mission House, shared with me his copy of America: the National Catholic Weekly today, the day after Easter Sunday, I immediately zeroed in on the editorial, "Easter Peace." It offers this reflection and challenge: "The disciples' grief over Jesus' death, their dismay over Jesus' rejection by Israel's leaders, their shame over abandoning Jesus at the cross, their bewilderment over the empty tomb and Mary Magdalene's wild report - all those feelings came to an abrupt halt with the familiar salutation: Peace be with you." This, of course, is how Jesus greeted them when He appeared. And this is His Easter challenge to all of us, to live and breathe the Peace of Christ.
This message, for me, captures perfectly the issues that I have been struggling with following the Holy Triduum. On Good Friday, my apart…

Feet washers: Kindergartners, HIV/AIDS patients and a woman with Down Syndrome on mission

As we enter into the Triduum today with the re-telling of our most sacred stories, we begin with Jesus, who, knowing the end is near, decided to celebrate supper with his friends.    Before dinner, he shocks them by washing their feet, a disgusting job left to the lowest servant.  

Just imagine the condition of those feet.   If you've traveled through poor countries, it's common to see folks walking barefoot or in simple sandals or flip flops through the muddy, garbage and sewage filled streets.  ( The picture is of street kids in Cambodia learning about basic sanitation.)

In washing their feet, Jesus gives them the final lesson of what discipleship is all about:   serving others.   Soon after his death and resurrection, he will be on a hill top before he ascends back to the Trinity to give them their ultimate marching orders.   He passes on the mission to them.

During Lent I had a couple of grace filled moments where I came to a deeper understanding of what it means to do God…

Tommy Kobayashi: A Lifetime of Service

An inspiring example for us all.Tommy Kobayashi was taught by Maryknoll sisters in Seattle and worked with Father Leopold Tibesar, MM, to serve the poor. Now 94, Tommy has been volunteering for over seven decades.

"Hope is the Light" by James Sampson

Shared by BestNet
“Hope is the Light”- By James Sampson- The song “Hope is the Light” was originally released on World Malaria Day, April 25, 2010 at a public health conference in Copenhagen. The song was written and produced in the HIP CAT Studios in Denmark by local musicians Michael Skouboe and Danny Otto with hit singer James Sampson (also known as the winner of a Danish version of “American Idol”) and South African rapper Edward V providing the vocals. The video to accompany the song was filmed in Uganda in June 2010 by film producer Johannes Berggreen from Datamus Films.

Maryknoll News from the Pacific Northwest

Berkeley woman goes to Bolivia as Lay Missioner

Ann Kennedy of Berkeley, Calif., who was attracted to the Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) because of the organization's recognition of Christ in diverse cultures, looks forward to encountering Christ in Bolivia. "I shall be blessed to share core Gospel values with those with whom I work," she says. Kennedy brings to her mission 30 years' experience teaching English, English as a second language and introductory Spanish in California and New Mexico plus a host of teaching and learning experiences in China, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and India. In Bolivia she plans to be involved in education and to assist in prison and hospital ministries. "I hope my work will result in others' knowing the joy of expressing their full potential," she says.

Still time this Lent for Spiritual Reading

As we journey through the final weeks of Lent, there's still time for spiritual reading.

We'd suggest of course any number of our Obris book, which can be found here at the Maryknoll Mall.

And, here's a great article on 10 tips on how to read spiritual books.