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Thursday, 04 August 2011 04:09

Listening to the Spirit

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The 2011 CRA Assembly proved to be a nourishing experience for all who participated thanks to the richness of the input, the beauty of the prayer and liturgy, the skill of our facilitator and the sense of being with women and men totally committed to Christ and united in mission.

The theme 'See I am Doing a New Thing; The Changing Face of Religious Life and the Challenges ' spoke of the hope that we as Religious live within, a hope of course, which springs from the Christ to whom we are committed.

Some thoughts from the presenters which spoke to me of that hope:

Noel Connolly ssc: "Caught up in God's mission, the Church is missionary by nature. Its particular task is to seek, uncover, and celebrate God's presence in the world. God is especially active wherever people are inspired to strive creatively for justice, truth, peace, freedom and reconciliation between peoples, religions and the environment."

Janette Gray rsm: "Our commitment to God's kin-dom requires an emptying so that we can make space for God's life, God's promise also in us, yet to be fulfilled. This is the eschatological direction that we commit to walk in when we release ourselves from the certainties of what suits us, to know and love the true God."

Christine Burke ibvm: "How are we living the Gospel today- feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty? Do we give time — together- to listen in the silence, in the deserts of our hearts, to what the Spirit is saying?"

A new member of staff Suzette Clarke rsc will assist the Religious of Australia to listen to what the Spirit is saying as she enables the strengthening of our voice in matters of justice.  Suzette's vast experience and credibility in this area is a blessing for CRA and we welcome her warmly.

Suzette will work with a very enthusiastic reference group nominated from Religious Congregations and will network with the strengths of each Congregation's justice work to ensure that CRA  is present in the public arena for the sake of the Gospel.

Anne Derwin rsj
CRA President