A Place of Maximum Possibility
and a Lens of Celebration
By S. Janet Gildea
Some years ago at a congregational meeting, we were treated to a video by Dewitt Jones, a photographer for the National Geographic Society. I have never forgotten the basic premise of the piece: Put yourself in the place of maximum possibility in order to get the best “shot” – and be ready to discover that the best shot might just be in the next moment of light or shadow. I was intrigued and inspired by the veteran photographer’s awareness that he had to put himself in the places of possibility and then wait for the picture to be revealed.

In this first month of a new year, what can you name as your places of maximum possibility for discovering the best view of what God wants to reveal for your life? How willing are you to go to those places? How long are you willing or able to wait?

A recent TED talk brings even more clarity to the concept of places of possibility. The same photographer, Dewitt Jones, shares his insights about seeing life through a “lens of celebration.” What a great New Year’s resolution! Here is the link for the presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD_1Eh6rqf8 . It might be worth watching it on the first day of each month to see if you need to dust off that lens on your life. See what is being revealed to you by the Loving Creator who desires to break through in the places of possibility where you have been willing to wait. C’mon, God! Give me your best shot! Like Mary, the Mother of God whose feast began this new year, let me be able to trust that with you nothing is impossible. Take me with you to the places of maximum possibility!
Future of Charity Blog:
Welcome: Christmas Eve Reflections from the Border
S. Andrea Koverman, S. Romina Sapinoso and Sandra Ramirez, a freshman at Mount St. Joseph University, spent their Christmas and New Year’s holidays on the U.S./Mexico border. The following stories and reflections come from their days of volunteering at different houses of hospitality in El Paso, Texas. Read it here: http://futureofcharity.blogspot.com/2018/12/welcome-christmas-eve-reflections-from.html
Profundo Encuentro - Deep Encounter: March 7-10, 2019  
Deep Encounter is a National Catholic Sisters Week retreat opportunity to gather with Hispanic/Latina women ages 21-40 who are discerning a call to religious life. The national gathering will be offered in English and Spanish at the Hilton Airport Hotel, San Antonio, Texas, from March 7-10, 2019. Cost is just $30 and includes the retreat, lodging, and meals.
Invitamos a Mujeres hispanas de 21 a 40 años que disciernen el llamado a la vida religiosa a un retiro nacional de discernimiento vocacional. Se llevará a cabo en español e inglés. Dónde: Hotel Hilton Aeropuerto, San Antonio, TX del 7 al 10 de marzo 2019. Costo: $30 (no reembolsable) Incluye: retiro, hospedaje, y alimentos.

Registration closes on Jan. 15, 2019. Cierre de inscripciones el 15 de enero 2019:   https://goo.gl/forms/DOiIuhWGs0LAuHJU2

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For more information talk to S. Monica Gundler ( monica.gundler@srcharitycinti.org ) or S. Janet Gildea ( janetsc@juno.com ), or contact S. Marichui Bringas, CCVI ( escribe@nationalcatholicsistersproject.org ). Information can be found of the website at www.nationalcatholicsistersproject.org .
Making News
“This Christmas, I was reminded again what it’s really all about: Love.” Read S. Tracy Kemme’s latest Global Sisters Report article, “Christmas is for Lovers.”
Jan. 4, 2019
Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Jan. 6, 2019
Elizabeth Seton Mass, 2 p.m., Motherhouse chapel

Jan. 8-12, 2019
Company of Charity Young Adult Trip, New Orleans, Louisiana

Jan. 18-20, 2019
Giving Voice 20s & 30s Retreat, Phoenix, Arizona

March 7-10, 2019
Deep Encounter Retreat, San Antonio, Texas
S. Romina Sapinoso spent Nov. 5-Dec. 5, 2018, in Mixco, Guatemala through the Sisters of Charity cross-cultural program. During her month’s stay, S. Romina worked alongside S. Sarah Mulligan in the Clinica Daniel Comboni Amicasi, a local healthcare clinic that meets not only the health and dental needs of the people in Mixco but also provides education and support services for groups in surrounding communities. The program offered Romina the opportunity to participate in the work of the clinic, get to know and be part of the community of Mixco, and acquire Spanish language immersion.
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