October 21, 2017
“We Were Made for These Times” By Clarissa Pinkola Estes
My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.
In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. There is a tendency, too, to fall into being weakened by dwelling on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails.
Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward and enduring good.
The reason is this: in my utter most bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deed we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the one who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall:
When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.
These are the inspired words of Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
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A Blessing for Rev. Paul Werner on Occasion of Installation as Pastor of St. Andrew United Church of Christ by Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP
Rev. Paul Werner on right in black: Installation Service as Pastor of St. Andrew UCC. From Left to right: Nancy Goethe, Bob Langlais, Rev Leslie Etheredge, Rev. Paul Werner , Oct 22, 2017
I am honored to represent Mary of Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community as I share this blessing with you today, Rev. Paul.
May the Holy One bless you with the vision of a mystic,
So that we in St. Andrew UCC and Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community may grow in deep oneness as we celebrate our sacred diversity in mutual respect and openness in the Heart of God.
May God bless you with the anger of a prophet At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
So that you may proclaim the good news of the Gospel and walk with us as a companion on the journey in our work for justice, equality and peace.
May God bless you with the tears of Jesus, the Compassionate One to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war,
So that you may inspire your sisters and brothers at St. Andrew UCC and Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community to serve them in their distress and to change their pain into joy.
May God bless you with enough foolishness To believe that you and all of us, united in love, one in heart and mind in Christ, can make a difference in this world,
So that together we can do what others claim cannot be done, To bring justice and kindness to our sisters and brothers in this Sarasota community and beyond. Amen.
Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, Adapted from The Franciscan Benediction
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