Breaking Open the Chapter Call

Nurturing the Faith-view of life: An Invitation to Reflection & Sharing

'Nurturing the Faith-view of Life'  is a phrase that has been with us for a very long time. It has been in our Constitutions for over 30 years. But it has been in our Congregation since the beginning (1871) as a primary focus of Bishop Furlong’s care for the people.

Through the Congregational Chapter the Spirit calls us anew to nurture the faith-view of life. In this reflection you are invited to pause a moment in the stillness of your being and experience the word ‘nurture’.

Personal Reflection

Notice the feelings it evokes in you. Recall a time when

  • you felt nurtured
  • you nurtured someone

perhaps even a plant or some animal.

Note the experience of nurture.
Take time to savour the experience and  journal on it.

Some Reflective thoughts for Prayer & for Group Sharing

  • What part does nurturing self and others—giving and receiving it—play in your own life?
  • What have you learned from your life experience about nurturing a faith-view in self and others?
  • How is your image of God effecting your faith-view of life?
  • What will be different about you if you are nurturing your faith-view in an intentional way? How do you plan to nurture the faith view of others?

Scripture

  • Is there a piece from Scripture that could nurture / challenge / stretch your faith-view of life?

Reading

Some Extracts from Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith) Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis that could inspire us in breaking open the call to nurture a faith-view of life.

"The Light of Faith: this is how the Church’s tradition speaks of the great gift brought by Jesus.”

“There is an urgent need, then, to see once again that faith is a light, for once the flame of faith dies out, all other lights begin to dim.”

 “Faith is born of an encounter with the living God who calls us and reveals his love, a love which precedes us and upon which we can lean for security and for building our lives. Transformed by this love, we gain fresh vision, new eyes to see; we realize that it contains a great promise of fulfilment, and that a vision of the future opens up before us.”

Call to Act

  • Commit to some action that will nurture your own faith-view of life..

Mother Teresa, when asked why she worked with people one at a time rather than caring more about having impact on a larger scale, replied, “I was called by faith, not by results”.


Sr Brid Ryan SSJG, Congregational Leader

Image: Sr Lorraine O'Brien SSJG. Used with permission