Franciscan Sisters Gathering Theme: Hope

by Sister Julie Ann on July 17, 2015

A Star of Hope Shone in the Convent Sky, the title of a recently published history of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, was the theme of the Community summer gathering. It was a gathering of prayer, conversation, input and celebration of the Eucharist.

Franciscan Sisters conversation on hopePaul J. Wadell, St. Norbert College Professor of Theology and Religious Studies gave a motivational talk on Enkindling Hope-a Calling of the Church in an Age of Soft Despair. “Hope is joyful confidence about the future, a joyful confidence that tells us that despite all the setbacks and struggles and disappointments that may come our way, life is good, blessed and promising.”

The message focused on 3 questions:

  • What exactly is hope? How should we Franciscan Sisters Gathering2015understand it and why should we be hopeful?
  • What is it that most threatens and diminishes hope?
  • What are ways of thinking and living that rob us of hope’s great promise and move us into lives of soft despair?

All aspects of the whole day nurtured hope in us.



2 thoughts on “Franciscan Sisters Gathering Theme: Hope”

  1. annemarielom says:

    Thank you for posting this. It was a wonderful experience to hear about and experience HOPE with our Sisters.

  2. Sister Marcolette Madden says:

    Dr. Wadell’s presentation was so wonderfully engaging that the time just flew by. I could have listened to him for another hour. There’s a proverb attributed to the Chinese tradition that says: “If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.” It reminded me of our presenter’s reflection that good attitudes such as gratefulness and confidence generate HOPE. As Father Ron Rolheiser points out: “Resurrection always eventually trumps crucifixion, What’s good eventually triumphs.”

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