Living in the Moment
By S. Whitney Schieltz
I was regretting the past and fearing the future. 
Suddenly my Lord was speaking.
“My name is I Am.”
He paused. I waited. He continued,
“When you live in the past, with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard. I am not there.
My name is not I WAS.
When you live in the future, with its problems and fears, it is hard. I am not there. 
My name is not I WILL BE.
When you live in this moment it is not hard. I am here. 
My name is I AM."
 
I Am , a poem by Helen Mallicoat
 
In the midst of this global pandemic, many questions are being asked. How did we get here? What do we do now? Where do we go from here? Even as we attempt to make plans for the future, there is still so much uncertainty forcing us to hold all things lightly. So what can we do? As the poem above suggests, the best thing to do is let go of past regrets and future fears and focus on living our best life now in the present.
 
I’ve recently rekindled a childhood hobby that has helped me practice this in a small but meaningful way. Like many people, I’ve found myself with more free time as other commitments have been cancelled or moved online, so I finally started a cross-stitch that I had purchased a while back. One stitch at a time—over and under, over and under—it has become a tool of meditation, or to use a friend’s term: thread-itation. As each small stitch adds another spot of color, a bigger picture emerges. Of course, the picture is printed on the package and a pattern provides me with detailed instructions; but like a labyrinth, even though the path is laid out, it is up to me to make the journey. I can’t just skip ahead and be done. I have to live into the moment and create the future one stitch at a time.
 
In a similar way, discernment isn’t about predicting or deciding the future, but rather listening to what’s happening in our lives now and following where that leads us. So take some time today to ask yourself: How am I feeling right now? What am I excited about? What am I missing or mourning? Invite God to enter into these feelings with you. Allow God to be ‘I AM’ actively at work in your life, co-creating with you one step at a time.
Future of Charity Blog:
Reflections from the Belly of a Whale
With much of the world slowing down and adapting to a ‘new normal,' S. Andrea Koverman reflects on the transformational potential of the pandemic. “We are at a fork in the road moment and how we proceed will determine everything.” Read it here https://futureofcharity.blogspot.com/
Tracing Christ's Footsteps Through Time
The history of the Sisters of Charity has always been defined by its compassion and capacity for good to others. This history is preserved by the SC Archives, which has been praised for its organizational skills and service-oriented team of volunteers. Read more at https://www.srcharitycinti.org/2020
Miniseries That Matter
Unorthodox is a four-part Netflix miniseries loosely based on Deborah Feldman’s 2012 autobiography Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots. It is the story of a young woman brought up in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community who leaves behind the only way of life she has ever known to pursue her own path. As one reviewer explains, it is “about finding your own voice when others try to determine what you are capable of.”
SCs Making News
Sisters Annie Klapheke and Peggy Deneweth are interviewed in “Laypeople, Sisters share a common space and mission at the border” in the May 4 issue of U.S. Catholic .
Calendar
June 7, 2020                
Feast of the Holy Trinity

June 14, 2020              
Feast of Corpus Christi, Flag Day

June 19, 2020             
Feast of Sacred Heart of Jesus

June 20, 2020              
First Day of Summer

June 21, 2020              
Father’s Day

July 4, 2020                
Independence Day
S. Winnie Brubach is working with Dr. Gene Kritsky, a Mount St. Joseph University professor, to care for a new hive of bees on the grounds of EarthConnection, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and center for learning and reflection about living lightly on Earth.
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