Bruce Lipton suggests that to better understand the opportunity hidden in today’s crises, consider the tale of another world in transition. Imagine you are a single cell among millions that comprise a growing caterpillar. The structure around you has been operating like a well-oiled machine, and the larva world has been creeping along predictably. Then one day, the machine begins to shudder and shake. The system begins to fail. Cells begin to commit suicide. There is a sense of darkness and impending doom.Read More
Learning from history
Last year our Province celebrated our founding one hundred years earlier. Jeff Foale gave an excellent presentation but the audio was deficient. With assistance from Tri, Jeff re-recorded his talk, titled, ‘Learning from History’. Given Jeff joined the Passionists in 1946 and lived with men who had either been pioneers or knew those pioneers personally, he has a unique perspective. His 31 minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/W4I0EXU6AYQ
Our Assembly was a great gathering. There was a strong sense of unity, a sense of trust that allowed participants to honestly express their ideas, and a particularly strong sense of listening. We followed the synodal process which provided time to gather in small groups to read an outline and simple questions to discuss. There followed a time of individual sharing with no discussion; just each participant listening. Then participants were asked to share “What did you hear?” This was followed by some quiet time. Next was some discussion, and finally a check on what were the main points we heard that we would like to register. We also a few brief presentations: on the Passionist Youth Retreat Team; the Passionist Family Group Movement; Safeguarding and Risk Management; Finance and Province Legislation. We repeated listening process with the four areas we gathered to consider. Now there will be a similar gathering in Saigon and another in Sydney and from that should come some priorities and recommendations for our Chapter delegates to consider. Our thanks to many people who assured us we were/are in their prayers.
Every four years, Passionists who belong to a common Province gather for a Provincial Chapter to review the past four years, plan ahead and elect a Provincial and Council for a four-year term. Holy Spirit Province includes Australia, PNG, New Zealand and Vietnam. As part of our preparations for the Chapter which will be held in July, we will have three regional Assemblies, one in Melbourne, one in Sydney and one in Saigon. Each Assembly will be for two days. The first of these meetings will be held today and tomorrow at Holy Cross. Participants from our communities will attend one of the three meetings.
On Thursday afternoon, Sr Karen Englebretsen made her final profession of vows (for life) as member of the Sisters of the Cross and Passion. Congregational Leader, Sr Therese O’Regan CP received Karen’s vows, with her two community members Sr Brigid Murphy CP (also Karen’s formator) and Sr Emily Tran, as witnesses. Karen made her first profession in 2018 while living with her community in Endeavour Hills. Karen is well known to the parishioners and Passionist Family at Endeavour Hills and at Holy Cross. She and Brigid, unexpectedly spent two years living with us (in ‘The Tavern’) because COVID-19 prevented them from their planned relocation.
The Cat and the Rabbit
There is quite some strong feeling among various Vietnamese, that this new year, is not as the Chinese celebrate, the year of the rabbit, but, rather, the year of the Cat! The Chinese zodiac, cycles through one sign per year, over twelve years. The animal signs follow the same order every dozen years: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat (also translated as Ram and Sheep), Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.Read More
Tết means ‘festival’ in Vietnamese language. It is most commonly short for Tết Nguyên Đán (Lunar New Year) which is one of the most important celebrations in Vietnamese culture. Tết Nguyên Đán, means "Festival of the First Day of the Year". and it celebrates the arrival of spring based on the Vietnamese calendar.
Tết is generally celebrated on the same day as Chinese New Year (also called the Spring Festival),but the one-hour time difference between the two countries means the new moon occurs on different days.
Tết is a national holiday usually spread over 3-9 days, and this year will run from Friday January 20th to Thursday January 26th. It is customary for Vietnamese people to return to their families for the festival holiday if that is possible.
Passionist Companions were officially constituted in our Province in 2002. Companions seek to live Passionist spirituality in their various life circumstances (family, home, community, place of work, parish, relationships).
There are several Companions groups, mostly based around a local Passionist community such as at Holy Cross. Professed Passionists participate as equal members in these local groups but they do not lead the groups. Members gather most months of the year for a time of reflection, sharing and social enjoyment. Most years we have a Passionist Institute offering more time to reflect and share about aspects of the Passionist charism.
When we consider any year of our life, we know that so much that happened was unexpected. Some was good, some was painful. Some taught valuable lessons, some opened up new understandings of love.
Who knows what 2023 will bring, personally, communally, nationally and globally? Whatever comes our way, no matter how painful, will be shaped for good by the Lord of life, so we can embrace the year with confidence born of faith.Read More
We had a lovely Christmas Eve at Holy Cross. Erick trained a small troupe and had a large contingent of children join them in an African Christmas dance after communion. It was a little like this video by the Masaka kids from Southern Uganda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzoGE9MUo7o
Pastor suggested kids from Tanzania are not too bad at this sort of thing: