Love my People

The image of my call is to be the fertile ground ready to accept the seeds that will be sown and allow it to grow and thrive. 

My mission statement that came out of a recent Ignatian contemplation exercise is this:

  • To be fully present to people I meet.
  • To see and love them as God would.
  • To be open to possibilities and live in a stance ready to be surprised by God.

Why is this MY mission statement? 

I would like to say it’s because I have an immigrant story, but the truth of it is, this desire has been planted in me even before I moved to this country.  Therefore, I’m thinking the origin must have been because I felt loved in my childhood.  I grew up in a family where my needs were met.  Now, I do believe that our hearts are restless ‘til they rest in God, as Augustine is famously quoted.  So, outside of lasting joy and peace that only God can give, I did have a good childhood.  My needs were met but I noticed other people’s needs weren’t.  I remember reading National Geographic in my tween and experiencing a sudden desire to be a missionary doctor. 

I see now that my childhood’s desire is part of a bigger picture of tending to people’s needs…of giving them fullness of life.  This is God’s desire!  God has invited me to participate in God’s work.  God has given me a love for people, community, and life! 

I long for a Church that is more like an amoeba than a big ship.  An amoeba is able to move and change its shape as it reaches out to those in need and takes them in. A ship is not able to change its shape or be quick in changing direction. 

How can our Church be a ship and be like an amoeba as well?  Where’s the both/and instead of either/or? 

I think in its allowing small boats to float alongside the big ship.  These boats are connected to the big ship yet able to move quicker and respond to its environment more readily.  I think these small boats are the religious communities and the big ship is the Catholic Church institution. 

Religious communities have that connection but they also have the freedom.  This is what I’d like to do.  I’d like to form a religious community for the modern-day disciples who have families.  It would be made up of men and women who do not live together but are bound in some way to one another.  We’d have various expressions of spiritualities but unified under one.  We’d live together but not share one roof.  We’d all have to give financially to the group.  We’d be more inclusive yet have a distinct path for members. 

Why me? Why this call/desire?

God gave me the gift of easily getting along with people and a love for meetings and getting things done as a group! I thrive on conversations and desire to belong to a group that gives a long loving look at the real and respond to it, as needed. 

I realize that my creative talent is in the realm of ideas and concepts.  Dreaming and scheming are verbs that animate me.

4 thoughts on “Love my People

  1. Rose, I love to work in groups. The group has many gifts to offer and expands our perspectives. After we get to know one another, I believe that a group can gives us strength and fortitude.

  2. Rose, I invite you to maybe look deeper at some of the stories of founders of communities to see if you might have the charism of founding, but with a new perspective for our modern times. You might also look into John Michael Talbot, the Catholic singer. He began a new kind of community also, although I think they do live together. But you might come up with some leads as to how to move forward. Blessings.

  3. Hi Rose, I’m so glad we’re in the same small group. There’s so much synergy and I trust that we will inspire and support each other in ways we can’t currently anticipate. For my feedback, I’d like to focus on your paragraph, “I see now that my childhood’s desire is part of a bigger picture of tending to people’s needs…of giving them fullness of life. This is God’s desire! God has invited me to participate in God’s work. God has given me a love for people, community, and life! ”

    You mention that your childhood desire involves “tending to people’s needs…of giving them fullness of life.” You also exclaim, “This is God’s desire!” My first question is: Do you have a sense of God’s desire to tend to YOUR needs, to give YOU fullness of life?

    “God has invited me to participate in God’s work.” I invite you to sit with your statement for another moment.
    God invited you to participate in God’s work. God provided the invitation for YOU to PARTICIPATE IN GOD’S WORK. I ask this question gently and lovingly: Is it possible that God invited you to participate in God’s work exactly as you are?

    “God has given me a love for people, community, and life!” My last question is: Why do you sense that God gave you a love for people, community and life?

  4. Rose, I just love how you share your story and dreams in this reflection! There is a clarity and ease in the way you express yourself that makes me feel so at home, like I just want to settle into every sweet sentence. I would love to be in one of those small boats with you!
    It strikes me that you have already done a lot of dreaming and scheming and you write “I realize that my creative talent is in the realm of ideas and concepts.” I wonder if the gift of this workshop for you might be a space to move into the realm of planning and even actualizing your dreams and schemes? You describe your “desire to belong to a group that gives a long loving look at the real and respond to it” – is it possible to give the long loving look AND respond at the same time? Is this the posture of readiness that you describe as part of your mission statement?
    PS – Your vision for church as amoeba rather than church as big old slow ship reminds me of the ideas described by adrienne maree brown in Emergent Strategy – have you read it? I think you’d love it!

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