A reflection on Pope’s resignation.

Fr. James Martin SJ from Huffington Post Magazine

(reflection by Dani Pranoto, a CLC’ers living in Perth, Australia)

Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II reached entirely different conclusions to the same question: Should an ailing pope resign?
For John Paul, the image of the suffering, sick pope was of spiritual value to his flock; for Benedict, the job needed to be done. Discernment is always very personal; and it is important to see how two holy men reached two entirely different decisions.

God speaks differently to different people facing the same question. In the lives of the saints, for example, we often see how the same situation is handled differently by different saints. When St. Francis of Assisi was facing a painful malady of the eyes, brought on, doctors thought, by excessive tears during Mass, St. Francis decided that he would continue as he had with attending Mass. When St. Ignatius faced similar problems with his eyes, the physicians warned him, he decided to curtail his devotions, in order to have sufficient health to do his work. Both were responding to what they felt were God’s promptings in their lives.

The Pope also shows great spiritual freedom in his resignation, what St. Ignatius calls a freedom from “disordered attachments.” Rare is the person today who can relinquish such power, voluntarily.

(as written in Dani P Notes)

Happy Valentine (to those chooses to celebrate)

what’s the meaning of Valentine’s day in today’s world?

As far as i am concerned … it has to do with something that is so generously (or overused) term : LOVE.

It’s  interesting to hear the elaboration of St. Thomas Aquinas’ description of LOVE : “the effective willing of the good of the other”

Fr._Michael_Himes_on_Love

Some of the point …Love is first of all, a Choice, an act of the will …

Love is not a feeling, it’s something that we do 🙂

Love is first and foremost, for the good of other.

 

In other word : love is choosing to do for the best for the other person, and acting to make that real for them.

 

St. Ignatius also tells us, “Love is shown more in deeds than in words”

Have a lovely Valentine …

 

Starting up this year’s Lent Season

Ash Wednesday Symbol

“I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”Job 42:6-5

In this special moment of reflections and repentance

 

wishing all of us to be able

to see Him more  clearly,

to follow Him more nearly,

and to love Him more dearly

 

Happy Chinese New Year

For those who celebrates,

Snake-Happy-New-Year-of-snake

On the celebration of Spring festival,

let us hope for the God’s grace on all seasons

to help us grow Community, Spirituality and Mission

Happy Chinese New Year!

World Assembly XVI 2013 Lebanon

Theme WA CLC 2013

With this theme, we intend to bridge the time from our inception as a lay Ignatian community till the
present time – and our 450th anniversary – which we will celebrate in 2013.

We will reflect on the
journey we have traveled together, especially since Itaici 1998, during which we confirmed our identity as a lay apostolic body.

In addition, we affirm and explore our desire to respond to the signs
of the time, ready to cross borders and touch new frontiers.

Prayer for our Lebanon Assembly

Heavenly Father, you offer us Jesus, your Beloved Son, and ask us to
listen to Him.  In response to this gift, we the members of the
Christian Life Community commit ourselves to following Jesus more
closely and working with Him to build your Kingdom.

O Lord, our World Assembly at Lebanon is part of a long and rich
history which you have bequeathed to us.  Today, your Spirit invites
us to be present at the ever changing frontiers of faith and justice.
Relying on the intercession of the Virgin Mary Our Lady of Lebanon and
St. Ignatius, we seek to deepen our identity and act effectively as a
Lay Apostolic Body in the Church.  May your love and grace empower us
along this journey.

O God of Love, we ask your Blessings of Peace upon the whole world and
especially upon the region of the Middle East.  Illuminate the hearts
of your children; free us from all bitterness and strife; guide our
steps along the paths of Peace.

Almighty God, we entrust our CLC World Assembly to your loving
providence.  Eternal Father, confirm us. Eternal Son, confirm us,
Eternal Spirit, confirm us.  Most Holy Trinity, confirm us.
Amen.

CLC Asia Pacific Online Forum Registration

Dear  CLC Asia Pacific

To fully participate and contribute to this Online forum of ours,we need to register ourselves first.

However, there are  several inquiries from CLC members who want to join this online forum.

Tips:

For those who want to register: There is a downloadable registration guides:  please click CLC Asiapac (click the link for a step-by-step registration guide)

Note: You might need a pdf reader installed on your computer

For those who happen to forgot the password: please go to  http://home.clcasiapac.org/wp-login.php?action=lostpassword to reset it.

For registrants who forgot the user name: please do not hesitate to contact the web admin, we’ll look it up for you.

 

This site is still under construction, we are open for your feedbacks, and we’ll try to make it happen soon.

 

Welcome aboard for new members, looking forward to “ignite” this Ignatian Forum.

 

christmas 2012

 

 

 

 

Dear CLC people around the globe …

Merry Christmas  !

May we be as disponible as the Shepperd and knowledgeable as the Magi 🙂

Jesuit Network with migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean: Migrants,an urgent call by God for justice and hospitality

An RJM-LAC press release on 18 December 2012

In commemoration of International Migrants Day, the works of the Society of  Jesus, members of Jesuit Network with migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean (RJM-LAC), issue a message of solidarity and hope to the 214 million migrant brothers and sisters in the world. Despite the valuable contributions migrants make to their new host societies and countries of origin, a significant number of them are forced to live in vulnerable circumstances, without international protection from human rights violations. Continue reading

Free eBook on St Ignatius

St Ignatius’ Day gift – a free e-book on Ignatius!!

Loyola Press is offering Margaret Silf’s new book for download free until the feast day – July 31 – from:

http://www.loyolapress.com/just-call-me-lopez-ebook.htm

The blurb about the book:

Just Call Me López is the story of the unfolding friendship between a twenty-first-century woman and a sixteenth-century man, Íñigo López, the man we know today as St. Ignatius Loyola. We invite you to encounter his thoughts and heart in Silf’s innovative, thought-provoking book that speaks to the essence of Ignatian spirituality.

Happy Feast Day

 

Fr Robin SJ

Australian National Assembly 13-15 July 2012

Hello all,

CLC Australia is having its National Assembly this weekend – Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

31 Australian delegates are present, and we’re blessed to have been joined by Ms Je Ching, Asia-Pacific Co-ordinator, and Fr Luke Rodrigues, World Vice EA.  We also have two observers from New Zealand.

Please pray for us as we reflect on the last 4 years, set directions for the coming four years, and elect a new NEXCO.

Blessings,

Fr Robin