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12-Advent_wreathBy Pat Haggerty

I must admit, I am a Starbucks kind of girl. I love the richness of their coffees and their unique flavors.  At this time of year, they have a special menu of holiday drinks---eggnog latte, gingerbread latte and holiday spice flat white, to name a few.  My favorite is the holiday spice flat white.

I got to thinking about the additional coffees offered by Starbucks.  This holiday menu concept is not just theirs alone.  Other restaurants do the same!  This is a season of specialties and holiday-themed foods, drinks and activities. We are entering a season of Christmas cookies, fruitcake, stollen, and French meat pies (tourtière). It is a wonderful time!

However, pause for a moment---what will you be adding to your spiritual menu for this season of Advent and Christmas?  Will you be doing anything differently?  I hope so!  Now is the time to plan.  Take a look at your current spiritual practices and consider what you could do that would enhance the season in a spiritual way.  Make this intentional and purposeful.  I am not just referring to an Advent calendar or an Advent wreath.  Though, that would be nice.  I am suggesting something unique to you.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 December 2017 10:01

Pat HaggertyBy Pat Haggerty

I was chatting with someone recently and we were bemoaning the fact that true conversation and really listening are things of the past.  As a society we are absorbed with technology:  instant messaging, tweeting, snap chatting, etc.  Much good can come from connecting with others through technology.  However, we must not lose sight of personal contact through conversation.  We can’t let technology absorb us.

I would like to recommend a book that I have found extremely beneficial.  It is Turning to One Another:  simple conversations to restore hope to the future (Margaret Wheatley, Berrett-Koehler Publishers).  In it Wheatley writes, “One of the easiest human acts is also the most healing.  Listening to someone.  Simply listening. Not advising or coaching, but silently and fully listening.”

Wheatley encourages conversation to bring about hope.  Right now our world needs a lot of hope.  As individuals, we need to cling to hope so that we can bring about healing.  We need to turn our darkness into light.  We need to be good listeners, paying attention to those around us.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 October 2017 11:02


By Pat Haggerty

Heraclitus is credited with the quote:  “If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.” Well, I did find it this year, and I wasn’t searching for it, either!

In my wildest dreams, I never thought that I would be invited to participate in the Assumptionist’s Provincial Chapter, the General Chapter and the Chapter of Application.  It started in January in Putnam, Connecticut.  Then, after receiving an invitation from the Superior General, I went on to Lyon, France.  Finally, the adventure took me to Cuernavaca, Mexico, for the Chapter of Application for the North American Province.  What a blessing!  All three experiences were rich in meaning, intense in involvement and grace-filled beyond belief.

I now have a deeper understanding of the charism of Emmanuel d’Alzon and a much deeper appreciation for my Assumptionist brothers and sisters.  Having spent numerous weeks in Chapter, I know more about the Assumptionists---how hard-working they are; how diverse they are; and how amicable they are.  Spending time working with them, and my Alliance cohorts, was a truly remarkable and humbling experience.  I tried to use my skills to enhance the on-going efforts of the Chapters.  I hope I was successful.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 08:59

Team of lay people, engaged in the Assumption, invited to the General ChapterTeam of lay people, engaged in the Assumption, invited to the General Chapter

By Pat Haggerty

I love the poems of E.E. Cummings.  One of his poems begins:  “I thank you God for most this amazing day.”  If Cummings wouldn’t mind, I would change the line to:  “these most amazing days.”  That is in reference to my participation for a week as a lay delegate to the 33rd General Chapter of the Assumptionists.

They were most certainly very amazing days! I am still in awe of everything I experienced from the protocol to the conviviality of my brothers in Assumption. I am mentally storing information, reflecting and praying over all that I absorbed during my time at Valpré (where the Chapter was held).  It’s as if I need to de-brief like someone having gone on a military mission.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 May 2017 23:19

Return to the Lord Your GodBy Pat Haggerty

One of my favorite hymns of all time is “Hosea” by the monks of Weston Priory.  It is based on the words of the prophet Joel:  “Even now says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning.  Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God.”

These are our instructions for Lent as directed to us in the first reading for Ash Wednesday.  It is very clear as to what we should be doing for the next forty days.  I don’t think we have to go around weeping and mourning, though.  In fact, Matthew warns us about the outward appearance of our actions and sacrifices.  In his gospel we read:  “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 08:22
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