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At first the General Chapter 2013 theme did not seem clear to me: “To set free the healing energy of Christ.” What energy? As I prayed and reflected about this, I understood that my everyday life and my living out the Word would explain things to me.

I experienced many times throughout the day a new light that would make me see more deeply what surrounds me. We see much waste. … of food, money, time, in the world and in our local society around us. Many talents are being suffocated. We are always focused on ourselves, and can be preoccupied with building things that are not always serving Life.

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At first the General Chapter 2013 theme did not seem clear to me: “To set free the healing energy of Christ.” What energy? As I prayed and reflected about this, I understood that my everyday life and my living out the Word would explain things to me.

I experienced many times throughout the day a new light that would make me see more deeply what surrounds me. We see much waste. … of food, money, time, in the world and in our local society around us. Many talents are being suffocated. We are always focused on ourselves, and can be preoccupied with building things that are not always serving Life.

In trying to build a world with more solidarity, one can often care more about the appearance of things rather than about their real value. Everything seems to be a form of commercial promotion; those with more money, strength and power are those who move ahead, while the weak and unprotected are left behind.

The challenge we are called to take on is to live out the Word, because only the lived experience can set “energy” free, open the door to our brother, sister, child, the aged, and those who are powerless… a door that is made of listening and concrete help, where the person can understand what unconditional love is, what hope is. Healing energy is expressed, experienced:

  • as grace
  • as blessing
  • as a listening heart
  • as possibilities being birthed
  • as an opening to more
  • as an increased understanding and acceptance
  • as a wider embrace of all
  • as a comfort
  • as a gentle touch
  • as a hug
  • as a welcoming smile
  • as a softening of a hard heart
  • as a letting go and an entering in
  • as a freeing
  • as the Way…the Truth…the Life
  • as LOVE.

We experience all this each day in our Shelter of Hopeministry. By living out the Word, we can make a reality the Scriptural passages,give, and it will be given to you with abundance”… or “do unto others what you would want done to you.”

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Hope becomes reality and it gives meaning and value to each person that comes through our ministry and comes to ask for something, experiencing a Providence that always goes beyond our expectations.

We touch with our hands how the healing energy of Christ can perform miracles; the people we encounter feel loved and this, in turn, heals them and sets them free. During this time, as we seek to grow in our contemplative dimension, we can effectively constitute the prophecy of our life today and in the future.

 

Sr. Cristina di Nocco, sfp