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Can you visualize yourself selecting a presentation entitled Eucharist From Adoration to Action for an October, 17, 2009, Saturday afternoon time slot at an Archdiocesan event? Invited to speak in the Chicago Festival of Faith’s young adult ministry track, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sister Sara Hale, OSF, (serving on the southside of Chicago in Angels Outreach) Sister Mary Ann Spanjers, OSF and Sister Julie Ann Sheahan, OSF, shared:
- some of the writings of St. Francis and St. Clare and their love of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist
- provided moments of reflection, participation and integration using music, stories, Catholic Eucharistic instruction and questions
- invited participants to do some outreach in the context of our lives today.
St. Francis’ Letter to the Entire Order, among other writings, was highlighted:
Let everyone be struck with fear, let the whole world tremble, and let the heavens exult when Christ, the Son of the living God, is present on the altar in the hands of a priest! O wonderful loftiness and stupendous dignity! O sublime humility! O humble sublimity! The Lord of the universe, God and the Son of God, so humbles Himself that for our salvation He hides Himself under an ordinary piece of bread! Brothers, look at the humility of God, and pour out your hearts before Him! Humble yourselves that you may be exalted by Him! Humble yourselves that you may be exalted by Him! Hold back nothing of yourselves for yourselves that He Who gives Himself totally to you may receive you totally!
Two comments from participants:
” I need to move in service”.
“Be Christ to others through our acts.”
The Franciscan Sisters were assisted by Mark Kolter, Kolter Creative, in immersing participants into the reality of ‘Adoration and Action’ and in providing virtual contributions by Father Michael Ignaszak, pastor of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s Tri-Parishes of Sts. Alexander,Helen and John Kanty in Milwaukee and the Cistercian Nuns of Our Lady of the Valley Monastery, Prairie du Sac WI.
Note: past students of St. Willebrord who are now teachers in Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese introduced themselves.