Called to Be Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Hawaii Mission Part Two

by Sister Julie Ann on August 13, 2008

Continue the story of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity serving among the good people of St. Theresa Parish, Kekaha, HI.

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Franciscan chapel

Fr. Roch Niemier, OFM in his book In the Footsteps of Francis and Clare devotes one chapter to prayer and mountain spirituality. As you view this podcast, is it possible to translate this paragraph to prayer and ‘ocean’ spirituality or whatever is your ordinary natural setting?

The spirituality of Poggio Bustone, or ‘mountain spirituality’ calls forth deep contemplative prayer. Heart-centered prayer or contemplation, is not so much our praying or speaking to God as it is becoming aware that it is God who is pursuing us and praying us, drawing us upward. All of Scripture reveals this wonderful mystery of our God. It is God who comes in search of us: it is God who desires us, desires to be one with us; it is God who loves with passionate longing. It is God who comes to us with overwhelming compassion.

3 thoughts on “Called to Be Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Hawaii Mission Part Two”

  1. What a great comparison: mountain spirituality and ocean spirituality! All of us have natural settings where we can see the “face of God”. God is passionately pursuing us to “notice” presence, joy, reverence, peace, desire. One charism (gift) we mention often in our community is hospitality. We welcome others into our hearts, homes, ministry and prayer. I see the welcome of the natural beauty of our settings as another aspect of hospitality.

    I have a flower box overflowing with petunias outside my window. I welcome its beauty each day as I talk and pray with people who are hurting. The beauty of those flowers reminds me of God’s beauty and the beauty of this hurting person with whom I am speaking/praying.

    I plant this flower box each spring in honor of my parents who loved gardening. I sense their presence as well as the presence of God right there with me as I minister to others.
    Thanks for the podcast featuring the natural beauty of Hawaii reminding me of the natural beauty in my setting.

    The sisters articulate so well their generous spirits in their life together and in ministry. How fortunate we are to share in that spirit right from our own computers!

  2. carolyn says:

    Thank you for living out Our Savior’s heart of charity. It changed my husband’s life and has allowed him the privilege of being loved and in turn being able to be a part of a chain of grace that offers charity too. he was adopted in Hawaii through The Sisters of Charity.

  3. Sr. Delores Wisnicky says:

    It is amazing, Carolyn, how God can use us to make a difference in someone’s life. I am very happy for you and your husband. May many blessings continue to come to you…

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