December Young Franciscan Meeting Canceled
Due to everyone’s Busy holiday schedule the December 17th Young Franciscan Gathering has been canceled. We’ll let you know the date and time of the Next Gathering. We hope your holidays are filled with much joy and peace. See you soon.
November 19, 2015 at 6:30 PM will be our next gathering for the Young Franciscans at the Franciscan Spiritual Center, Aston, PA. At that time, Deacon Bill and Melissa Hickey will be presenting Hidden Ministry as the topic for the evening. Bill was recently the deacon for Pope Francis at the Saturday Night Mass on the Parkway in Philadelphia. Come and hear about how this impacted Bill and Melissa’s ministry in a very public and a very hidden way.
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Climate Reality Project — Submit your questions on video
There is something incredible happening!
Young people around the world are asking what our leaders are going to do about climate change — and they’re submitting their questions on video for a chance to have them presented at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City
Climate Reality has been receiving videos from around the world. They’ve heard questions about solar power in Italy, flooding in the Philippines, and climate change negotiations from a young man in Dubai. The young people asking them are intelligent. They’re passionate. And they’re going to represent their generation on the world’s stage. The deadline for submissionis September 8, so make sure every 13-21 year-old you know visits our site and submits their video. The clock is ticking.
Ken Berlin, President and CEO, of The Climate Reality Project says: Judging from the knowledge and commitment shown by these inspiring young people. I’m more convinced than ever that we can overcome climate change. We just need to make sure the world’s leaders are listening.
Grateful: A Love Song To the World
Musicians Nimo Patel and Daniel Nahmod brought together dozens of people from around the world to create this beautiful, heart-opening melody. Inspired by the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge, the song is a celebration of our spirit and all that is a blessing in life. For the 21 Days, over 11,000 participants from 118 countries learned that “gratefulness” is a habit cultivated consciously and a muscle built over time. As a famous Roman, Cicero, once said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” This soul-stirring music video, created within a week by a team of volunteers, shines the light on all the small things that make up the beautiful fabric of our lives.
Consider Franciscan Earth Corp
The Franciscan Action Network (FAN) has started a group for young adults entitled Franciscan Earth Corp. It’s a program focused on Spirituality, Eco Justice and Community. It is quite action oriented. To learn more about it visit their website: https://franciscanaction.org/earthcorps/about
FAN has announced their first training and retreat weekend for the Franciscan Earth Corps. On September 20th, 40 Franciscans and Franciscan-hearted young adults will gather in Washington, D.C. to participate in a training of grassroots organizing and spiritual leadership. They will be provided with materials to support efforts to grow the Franciscan Earth Corps with chapters in their home towns.
As part of the weekend, Sr. Ilia Delio will present her talk, “The Emergent Christ and Franciscan Spirituality.” FAN is happy to be able to open this talk up to the public. Sr. Ilia is the author of several books, including a new, very popular book called “The Unbearable Wholeness of Being.” If you are in the Washington, D.C. area and would like to hear an amazing woman, let us know. The talk is scheduled for Sept. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Franciscan Monastery, 1400 Quincy St. NE. Email FAN at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. For more information, click here to find out more about the program.
If you’re not able to make that one there will be others. So, contact them to see how you can be involved.
A Good Motivational View
John Van Achen was invited to speak in Russia on “how to Create Your Best Year Ever in 2010”. On that day he ended by sharing this short video that he and his team had put together to summarize the highlights of what he taught. The audience was so moved by the video, many asked for copies. His hope is that this video may encourage others. It provides encouragement and inspiration in challenging times. It might make a difference in your day.
My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech
On the Online Spirituality Page I have a YouTube entitled Clouds by Leslie Tranchel which puts pictures to the song, Clouds, written by Zach Sobiech. The song was written when Zach was battling Osteosarcoma. But even more powerful than the song is his life. This video is a short documentary on his life put together by Rainn Wilson on his YouTube Channel, Soulpancake. Zach was diagnosed at age 14. He went through 10 surgeries and 21 chemotherapy sessions. With his diagnosis he started writing music along with his friend Sam. It video shows his life, his family, his friends, and the love of his life. It is a powerful music which expresses the deepest of emotions in the most authentic way possible. But, even more importantly, it helps each of us put our life in perspective. Zach teaches us how to live. He tells everyday we get to make someone happy and that’s what makes life so great. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in this 22 minute video clip.
A Truly Amazing Teacher
This YouTube is about a physics teacher who makes learning unbelievably amazing and fun. But even more amazing is his experience with a disabled son and the impact his story has on his students. This is a video about LOVE in action. You will be touched deeply.
Nature, Science and Art coincide amid the genius of the creative mind and heart
This is an amazing You Tube that will dazzle you. It is actually a commercial for a Japanese Phone but the science, the planning, the persistence, the art and creativity flow into pure joy as we hear “Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring” in the most amazing of ways.
When I Pray
This is a song by by Daniel Nahmod. Right here, Righ now, Right where I am, I PRAY.
Don’t miss the video on young people in Paraguay who have made musical instruments from the garbage dump. Their music is inspiring. Bach never sounded as beautiful. The Video is on this website; it is on the Inspirational Video section of Online Spirituality but to make it easy here is a quick link: http://fscaston.org/inspiration-powerpoint/
Taize is a little village in the heart of Burgundy, France. In this village, over 60 years ago, Brother Roger founded a community devoted to prayer and a life of reconciliation within the Church and the human family. They gather for prayer several times a day, every day, whether there are 7,000 or 4. It attracts large numbers of people from all countries and all ages. The distinguishing marks of their prayer are repetition, and silence. Repetition is not new. We see it in the Jesus Prayer and in the Rosary. What is unique to the prayer of Taize is the adaptation of the repetitive form to simple music lines and core biblical texts that can be sung by a whole assembly of various nationalities, ages, languages, and denominations. Silence is the second most important aspect of this particular prayer practice. n the middle of the prayer is a long period of silence (rather than a sermon or meditation). Maintaining silence is not a technique or method enabling some special communication with God. It is simply holding oneself in a presence and letting Christ, through the Holy Spirit, pray in us. There are not many short silences in a Taizé prayer rather the prayer moves along according to a certain rhythm through song, psalm and reading leading up to a longer silence (around 10 minutes) which then culminates in intercessory prayer and more song. This short video shows a sample of Taize Prayer. At the Franciscan Spiritual Center Sr. Andrea Likovich, our liturgist, offers Taize Prayer on the First Thursday of every month between September and June at 7:00 PM in our Chapel. Come experience it once to see if it touches your heart. Our next session is June 6, 2013. There is no cost only a free will offering if you are able.
Did you ever think of a quiet retreat?
If we can be perfectly quiet and perfectly still with no attempt to overcome, destroy, remove, or escape from any situation or condition, the flow to the Spirit will rush in and there will be freedom.
In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light
and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness…”
If you feel bombarded by emails, phone calls, text messages and the daily stress that comes with them, there could be a solution for you. Some people have found relief in perfect silence. This is a 3 minute clip where some individuals talk about the experience of being on a silent retreat for 3 days. If it appeals to you, you might want to consider a night or two in our hermitages. They provide a space for solitude in the woods. Ask your heart whether it would be something you might want? You also might want to visit Friends of Silence.
Host Michel Martin learns more about the popularity of silent retreats.
Hugs Can Make A Difference
A simple hug can change a lot of things. Can you offer them free? And, if you did, what might happen to you and those who freely accept them. Here is an experiment that made me smile. Maybe it will do the same to you. Our hugs do make a difference.
A Poem To Challenge You:
This is a poem that might inspire you and might challenge you. It is about an encounter with ourselves. We can be rude to ourselves at times. But time teaches us to befriend the self within and let it shine within so that we become men and women of integrity who are willing to befriend all parts of ourselves. No matter how many times I read this poem I still find some new insight within my heart.
The poem is by Rumi and is entitled “Two Friends”
A certain person came to the Friend’s door
The Friend answered, “Go away. There’s no place
for raw meat at this table.”
The individual went wandering for a year.
Nothing but the fire of separation
can change hypocrisy and ego. The person returned
walked up and down in front of the Friend’s house,
“Who is it?”
“Please come in, my self,
there’s no place in this house for two.
The doubled end of the thread is not what goes through
the eye of the needle.
It’s a single-pointed, fined-down, thread end,
not a big ego-beast with baggage.”
From Essential Rumi
by Coleman Barks