Consortium Newsletter - April 28, 2017

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Father Fred Scinto

April 28, 2017

 

CONSORTIUM NEWSLETTER

(APRIL 28, 2017)

 

GLORIOUS EASTER TIME

          Easter and the liturgical Easter Season are such fabulous gifts and graces to us that we often take them for granted; I am speaking for myself here but I am quite certain this is the case with some others of my brothers and sisters in the Christian Community as well.  Allow me to share some thoughts with you in an effort to change this.  Thank you!

 

  • I am writing this material at the time we as Church have just finished celebrating the week after Easter.Every day in this week is liturgically a Solemnity which liturgically highlights how important this present Easter time is!And reflect for a moment that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is really the Resurrection of Hope – a needed lens of grace for us Christians as we are faced with all kind of turmoil in our present world!

  • These thoughts were generated by a beautiful thought stated by a good friend with whom I work together at times in terms of my ministry with the separated/divorced/remarried, i.e., Alex Lopechuk of Catholic Family Services of the Archdiocese of Toronto and head of developing the New Beginnings Ministry (for the separated, divorced, and remarried).

  • Alex is a Ukrainian Catholic who was telling me about one of the traditions in his community where at Easter they have a special greeting for this Holy Time.When one person meets another, he/she states “Christ has risen from the dead. Alleluia!” And the other person responds “He has risen indeed! Alleluia!”What a clear, beautiful, and powerful statement of our Easter Faith!

  • It struck me that this whole greeting can be used by a single person as an affirmation/prayer.Why not use it not only as a strong prayer but also as a strong affirmation of who we are and who we hope to become?In the ministry to the separated/divorced/remarried, we use positive affirmations over and over and over to build up our self-esteem that has been shattered by a broken marriage; psychology tells us that such affirmations help people on their grief journey and healing work.Such affirmations are not magic or hocus-pocus and will not accomplish much if we use them two or three times daily, but if we use them as often as we can throughout the period of a day and do this for 4-6 weeks, they can change us for the better!

  • And I would suggest if we add one other little element to it, we can use it more effectively to make ourselves Catholics with a greater Resurrection orientation.Here is what I mean: “Christ has risen from the dead. Alleluia! He has risen indeed.Alleluia!Risen Lord, thank you for fully sharing this Life with me!”Here we are adding an element of gratitude that makes the whole prayer more effective in changing my life and character.This is a good holistic use of theology combined with psychology.And it is effective because grace is part of the whole dynamic.For the separated/divorced/remarried, this prayer gives one a lot of consolation and strength and courage!

  • Thus, I would recommend that we use the amended prayer/affirmation suggested in the preceding point over and over and over again throughout the day.I would also add that my brothers and sisters who are separated/divorced/remarried (without an annulment) be invited to do this throughout the day: try it and I am sure that your healing, grieving, and personal growth will be enhanced.

     

  • As I pondered this situation further, it became clear to me that there are a number of ways I can imbibe and soak in the Resurrection miracle into my life and the life of others.Below are given some such measures I and we can use.

 

  • Gently expose your children, even little ones who can understand, to making the Resurrection part of their religious consciousness.A simple way to do this is to put some depiction of the Risen Christ on the table by their bed: use something as simple as a holy card (here avoid some of the modern cards that are very beautiful but are done in a kind of abstract art; for young children especially, they need to see the ordinary depiction of Jesus as a “human” man clearly as in the traditional Christian art).When you say night prayers with your children, your child can hold the card and focus on it and then, when you are finished, both you and the child (or children) can kiss the depiction of the Risen One.There are many other ways you can use cards like this and I am sure you can think of many of them, e.g., blessing the child with the card.

  • You can also put some depiction of the Resurrection or the Resurrected Lord somewhere in your home that is central or easily seen, e.g., this can be beside the door where it is seen every time a person enters the home.You do not need anything fancy or expensive or very large here – see what the religious stores have in stock and get something that accomplishes what you want to do inexpensively.This will be good for the whole family to see.From time to time, move it about a little bit in the house so that it does not become so common that no one really thinks of it even when they are looking at it directly!

  • Add the prayer above to your grace before meals as follows:

  • say the prayer itself first

  • have someone (mother or father or child) state “Christ has risen from the dead. Alleluia!”

  • all answer: “He has risen indeed. Alleluia!”

  • then everyone says together with gusto: “Risen Lord, thank you for fully sharing this Life with me!”

  • If you are using the Rosary already in your prayer life, add the prayer in between the decades of the rosary.

  • The Resurrection is so central to our beliefs as Catholic that all of us should read about it and study it and pray it.Read the classics in this area, e.g., those by the great Catholic scholar (now deceased) Father Raymond Brown, S.S.S., and the Anglican Bishop Norman Wright or the sections in the Catholic Catechism on it (use the index to find these sections).Go to a good religious bookstore and see what they have on the Resurrection and pick up what appeals to you.Do not go to the Internet and just use what is there: read only those articles where the author is identified and you can check his/her qualifications.There is a lot of garbage on the Internet and this is true also for religious matters!Two website addresses where you will get solid information are http://www.vatican.va and www.thecrux.com .Do not be surprised if you find a lot of material on these sites, especially the first one.As an example of this, I have appended a Crux article that combines two very important themes for us, i.e., Easter (Resurrection) and Amoris Laetitia; see attachment, “Reading ‘Amoris Laetitia’ in the New Light of Easter.” This is a very very important connection: the Resurrection is absolutely central to our Faith and there are a large number of Catholics who oppose Amoris Laetitia (which is a shame).This connection makes a good support for Amoris Laetitia which ideally should not be opposed because it is so important for building our reformed Church as needed today.

  • Sometimes you will discover religious resources (that also deal with the Resurrection) in most unusual places.Engaged Media Incorporated put out a version of the magazine Jesus for spring 2017, just in time for Holy Week of this year.Its cover is “Jesus – 2000 Years of Expectation – The Resurrection of Hope.”I found it in a magazine rack in a regular store.

  • It has many beautiful photographs and gives us the story of Jesus’ life, including the Resurrection (12 pages toward the back); (it is because of these pages that I bring it to your attention).

  • It uses good scholars for its presentation and the scholarship is a combination of traditional and some new insights.It is good and feasible for our purposes and can help us better understand the Resurrection and so I recommend it to you within these contexts.

  • The whole story is suffused with hope.Its truth is “the hope above all hope.Unwavering in times of prosperity or pain – this is the story of hope.” (Sarah Jane Stone, editor)This is something needed in our present age.

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    The only major criticism I have of it is its small text which at times makes it a bit hard to read!

  • The magazine has many great photographs you can pull out (if you like) as resources for praying with your children or finding a resurrection photograph for display in your house. (See above)

  • Since the only Jesus Christ we have today is the Risen Jesus Christ, when addressing Him, always use “Risen Lord Jesus…” (unless there are liturgical reasons for not doing so, e.g., the Celebration of Good Friday).

     

  • Spend time on this segment of the Consortium Newsletter because the Resurrection is so crucial and critical for building and re-building the Church that Pope Francis wants in the Holy Spirit.Amen.Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

CATHOLICS AND LUTHERANS

  • The magazine Jesus discussed above has a summary of Pope Francis’ trip to Sweden; the magazine is not put out by Catholics but by Christians of other Faiths.Its comment is positive and it follows below.

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    “Pope Francis even praised Martin Luther as a reformer, even though he was excommunicated by the Catholic Church.He told reporters, ‘The Church was not a role model, there was corruption, there was worldliness, there was greed and lust for power.He protested against this.And he was an intelligent man.’ Rather than focus on theological differences, the Pope emphasized focusing on social issues like helping refugees and fighting against Christian persecution.

  • “Events will continue to take place throughout 2017 in honor of the anniversary.The forms will vary and span different denominations, church services, seminary classes, museum galleries, musical concerts, travel tours and more.” (Jesus)

  • “Faith is a living daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a person could stake his/her life on it a thousand times” (Martin Luther).

  • “The true treasure of the Church is the Holy Gospel of the glory and grace of God” (Martin Luther).

     

  • Risen One, please bring us and our Lutheran sisters and brothers closer together in Your great love for us.Amen.

  • Please pray that the Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue will bring us closer together so that Christ’s will that all may be one may be achieved.Thank you!

     

    WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY??

    What IS Happening in the United States Today

  • I am convinced that we as Catholics need to have some adequate response to what is happening in the United States (as well as the rest of the world) under the Presidency of Donald Trump and his administration if we are to be active Christians in living out our Faith. And the more I learn here and the more research I do, the more subjective feelings I have over the matter; most of my feelings are negative and I keep running across so much negativity in the sources used in my research that I know this is affecting me because so many of the people I am consulting are really good at what they do – they are learned professionals!And they are to be respected; no doubt!

  • So my challenge here is not easy – nor is yours!The one element I have already described that is very challenging here is to analyze what is going on as a Catholic without judging the persons of Mr. Trump and his associates – something forbidden by the Gospel.I certainly can speak and condemn actions if necessary because then I am not judging in an evil way because the Gospel makes so very clear that we need to do this for our spiritual journey and spiritual progress.

  • I am not really truly certain how to do this: for example, what are the specific elements that I can use so I do not condemn the person?How do I stick to gauging his actions only? It is so easy to dislike or even hate a person who is doing so much that you really do not like or at times abhor; there is almost a spillover effect here that is hard to counter.

  • From the above comments, I need to conclude that I need to find something objective that will stand up in spite of arbitrary personal elements I may have that arise from my likes or dislikes of a person (or persons).It struck me that I need to have something on what real leadership is that I can use as a measuring stick when I consider Mr. Trump and his associates.

  • I possess a large number of resources and when I looked at them, I found what I needed, unexpectedly, in a book by Father Gerald A. Arbuckle, S.M., who is an excellent promoter of good corporate leadership and who uses cultural anthropology for this.The book is titled Refounding the Church: Dissent for Leadership.

    Note the following very carefully, please!

    I am using not the religious elements from the book because it makes no sense to discuss Mr. Trump as if he were the head of a Catholic religious corporation – in fact, it would be unfair.  Rather, I am using the secular theories Father Arbuckle uses as the foundation of his approach – please read this sentence again!  Remember that he is a cultural anthropologist who uses secular insights from the field of corporate leadership and its elements to better understand today’s Church.  It is the secular insights as to what good leadership is anywhere that I want for my/our purposes and not the applications to the Church.  Father Arbuckle is very good at presenting to some depth what these are.  I breathed a sigh of relief when I ran across these because they are the really good qualities any leadership anywhere needs to consider and I found my objective standard of gauging the leadership of Mr. Trump and his associates. Thank God!

     

  • Thus, my standard to help myself remain neutral in assessing Mr. Trump and his administration as to their leadership qualities (or lack thereof) is going to be the elements of good leadership as found in the field and study of good leadership anywhere; these elements are the ones used by professionals in order to have good leadership and of necessity, in regards to what we are trying to do, they are secular elements in the field borrowed for our purpose.Please make sure you understand this approach very well!

  • There are two ways of doing/approaching this.We can look at the actions of Mr. Trump and his associates, study them carefully to see what these actions are, and then explicitly state whether they square with good leadership elements or contradict them. Or we can give ahead of time what the elements of good leadership are and use them as we proceed but not expressing explicitly at every juncture whether the actions of the new government square with or contradict them.

  • The first approach tends to be bulky, mechanical, stilted, repetitive, more boring, uninteresting, and a bit unnatural whereas the second tends to be smoother, easier to read, better flowing, more interesting, much less repetitive, more natural, and draws the reader more to it.So we will use the second approach.

  • Below you will find the material we are going to use from Father Arbuckle’s book.Please study it carefully for a bit.Thank you.After that, in this present context, I will describe to you what I am going through (as a person and a believer) in regards to President Trump and his administration; the hope and purpose here is to help you (as a person and a believer) clarify what you may be going through or experiencing as you consider the actions of the new administration.

 

  • Below are the salient points from Father Arbuckle’s book.As you use this material in the future, please be aware that at times the application of it to what is being said is more explicit than at other times when it is more implicit.This is something very natural in this kind of exposition.Secondly, the materials are in the order of their appearing or coming up in the book.

  • “There can be no constructive change at all … unless there is some form of dissent … A system that is not continuously examining alternatives is not likely to evolve creatively.Open organizations encourage people who propose alternative ways of doing things because they know that organizations (or cultures) age and produce deadwood.New ideas and ways of doing things may guarantee that life and vitality will continue.They are the seedlings out of which the future is born … Dissenters in open society have rights, but they also have duties.They need to propose and pursue their options for action with respect, patience, and tolerance.” (Arbuckle)

  • “All organizations … can be likened to elephants because they come to see their own world through a process of conditioning. Fully grown elephants are conditioned to remain in place because when young they are shackled to stakes deeply rooted in the ground; mature elephants could pull the stakes up, but their conditioning is so strong that they do not attempt to move.As they were trained to act, so they do.Cultures of organizations are like this; once dynamic and mobile like young elephants they later become conditioned to the status quo.The axiom is: ‘We have always done it this way, so why change!’ Any chaos experience makes the secure ways of the past even more enticing.[In the past], an example of the dangers of falling victim to elephant-like conditioning is the IBM computer company.The production of mainframe computers made this a powerful organization, but by ‘clinging to its beloved mainframe business, and the ways of selling computers that went with it, the biggest computer company of them all jeopardized its future.’World interest in proprietary mainframe computing faded and ‘open-systems computing – networks of workstations and personal computers’ have become their substitutes.IBM, initially so innovative, failed to keep pace with changing needs and new technological inventions … IBM related to changes in the business market as they did because they neglected to keep in touch with the needs of the people.” (ibid.)

  • “When people witch-hunt for the causes of the anxiety and misfortunes of their chaos they are able to relieve themselves of any guilt for what is happening; they lay the blame simplistically on others, believing that if only such deviants can be found and punished then tribulations will disappear … They are not looking at the real causes of their downturn.” (ibid.)

  • “Leadership is the process of influencing the action of an individual or a group in an effort to achieve a goal in a given situation.Leadership is an effort to influence, but ‘power’ is a leader’s potential to influence: ‘authority’ is the legitimacy to exercise power.Here one can have the authority to influence others, but for various reasons have no power to act.” (ibid.)

  • “Three major kinds of authority/power exist … First, position authority is the legitimacy to use power flowing from the status one has within an organization or culture – for example, the United Stated President has position authority/power derived from his office as legitimized in the Constitution.So positon authority means that one has the right to empower a course of action.Of the various kinds of position authority/power, coercive permits people to force others to act through fear of punishment, reward encourages a response by offering or refusing benefits.The authority to use power in both types can of course be legitimate, but when power is wielded exploitatively or manipulatively it is done so illegitimately – that is without authority.The second broad category of authority is termed personal.This is legitimacy to influence others because of the personal gifts that the leader has – for example, expert authority allows one to influence others as a result of one’s skills at animation, information authority comes from one’s knowledge of a subject; referent authority is a result of one’s attractive personal characteristics that draw people to listen and act.Expert and referent authority/power combined would be equivalent to what we popularly call charismatic authority/power.” (ibid.)

    “Several further clarifications about authority/power are helpful.  First, there is the distinction between unilateral and reciprocal authority/power; with the former, a person or group refuses to receive influence from others, rendering dialogue impossible; with reciprocal authority/power, individuals or groups are open not only to giving, but to receiving influence from others, for example, ideas, experience and compassion.” (ibid.)

  • “Finally authority/power resides not just in individuals but also in institutions and groups.By institutions we mean ‘the established forms or conditions of procedure characteristic of group activity.’Institutions and groups or cultures develop lives of their own and they assume or are given the above types of authority and power.For example, groups develop sanctions; that is, reward and punishment systems intended to keep the member’s behavior in line with what groups prefer.” (ibid.)

  • “Where what has to be done is uncertain or ill-focused, as will be the case in times of change in which considerable innovative skills are required, a transforming style of leadership is necessary – one based on trust and mutuality.The task of the transforming leader is primarily to foster a collaborative or participative atmosphere in which this trust and mutuality exist.” (ibid.)

  • “Bookshelves are today groaning under the weight of more and more publications on the art of leadership.And with these books there comes an array of new terms and catch phrases leaving the average person utterly bewildered, e.g., hands-on and value driven, rites and rituals of leaders in corporate cultures, transactional/transformational leaders, entrepreneurs, etc.Despite the diversity of language, the following threads run through these publications:

    • change is a fact of life and leadership for change must be an integral part of all organizations today;

    • leaders must be able to shape and share a vision with others;

    • leaders must have the ability themselves or through others to strategize their vision into concrete plans for action;

    • leaders must realize that people belong to cultures that tend more to obstruct creativity and change;

    • and leaders must call people to be accountable for their behavior according to the vision and strategies they have accepted.” (ibid.)

  • “Every group needs a leader whose task it is to listen to the group’s needs and to ensure that something is done about them” (ibid.).

  • “Loyal dissent is essential for mission” (ibid.).

  • “A working definition of transforming leader most suited to the needs of the contemporary world is: one who molds and communicates a task oriented vision for community growth, providing transforming focus to the actions of others so that they are able to foster within themselves their own potential for change” (ibid.).

  • “There is a need for a vision, strategies and accountability.For the transforming leader the only constant in today’s economic, political, social and religious world is change and the ‘only stability possible is stability in motion.’ No business firm, no organization of any kind can ignore the reality of radical uncertainty at the heart of all change.Innovate or die.There are no exceptions.Decision-making for the transforming leader is consequently primarily proactive – that is, the leader anticipates the challenge of change and is able to influence its direction through visioning, and strategizing rather than being its slave.” (ibid.) This does not rule out the smooth day-to-day running of the organization (which is management) but management cannot take over.It is not transforming or managing but both!

  • “By a vision I mean: a mental passage from the known to the unknown, creating the future for a mass of exiting facts, hopes, dreams, dangers, and opportunities.On the other hand, a strategy is a plan for the use of resources in order to implement in concrete terms a group’s vision.” (ibid.)

  • “To our pivotal insight thus far: the primary task of the transforming leader is to lead, not to manage.He/she as part of the leadership role must call members of the group to be accountable to the vision they have accepted.” (ibid.)

     

  • There is a need for a transforming leader to empower people.“Transforming leadership is a response to the need people have for a sense of purpose, meaning or a vision that raises them above the daily grind of routine.Inspired by this leadership, people are empowered to become more active, more creative in the control of their own lives through interacting with others in trust and mutuality, more confident to lead and/or support others… While the transforming leader is sensitive to the potential for growth, he/she is acutely aware that there are forces of resistance at work within the individual and the culture of the group inhibiting or obstructing people from claiming rightly their own authority.” (ibid.)

  • There is also the need for personal authenticity.“Leaders need to testify to their belief in the vision by living it themselves” (ibid.).

  • Another big need of modern leadership at its best is to foster responsible dissent.In most groups, there are innovators who “are dissenters; that is, they offer alternative ways of acting to a group.However, a fundamental cultural anthropological insight often repeated in this book is: culture has an anxiety-reducing purpose and it will naturally resist change simply because any change is anxiety evoking, even if the refusal to allow change may lead to the destruction of the culture itself.The predictability of culture is the swamp that can mire even the most creative of leaders.Hence, the dilemma: all cultures need dissenters who offer alternative ways of doing things if they are to continue to live, yet cultures have an inbuilt resistance to change and will normally do everything possible to obstruct the fear-creating alternatives of dissenters … Any organization or culture cannot escape this dilemma.” (ibid.)Note this point very carefully, please.Thank you!

  • “If there are no dissenters in the process of decision-making, then groupthink can rarely be avoided.Groupthink is a deliberately pejorative expression, which is defined as a decline in mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgments as the result of group pressures.During groupthink, people attempt so hard to agree with one another that they avoid looking at alternatives lest there be division in the gathering … The more amiability and esprit de corps there is among the members of a decision-making or advising ingroup, the greater the risk that groupthink will be substituted for independent critical thinking; consequently, decisions are made not on facts but on fantasy.” (ibid.) Not good!

  • “In brief, dissenters reframe things we take for granted by offering new ways of viewing issues or by putting them into contexts that we did not previously think possible.Dissenters expand our imagination.They are upside-down thinkers, terribly annoying to us when we are too attached to the security of our ideas or habits, but very necessary if we want to know what is necessary and needs to be done. The leader who does not cultivate an atmosphere in which dissent is valued risks the judgment that he/she wants to be God, and no right-minded person, versed in the lessons of Genesis, wants to have that said of him/her!” (ibid.)

  • In good leadership, there is the need to claim one’s authority/power.According to Arbuckle, we cannot avoid this need; the failure of leaders and followers to own their respective authority/power further exacerbates the chaos in organizations today.Authority gives legitimacy to the use of power.“A clearly indicated authority (or authorities) in a group is essential for the stability and progress of that group; authority sets the limits, draws appropriate boundaries, provides structures to allow the group to fulfill its primary task.People who have legitimately been given the power to act and direct the group administratively must recognize or claim this authority.So often in times of change and chaos people in authority fear to own and exercise their authority out of fear that the group will punish them in some way or other.” (ibid.)Leaders are not called to be authoritarian (improperly using authority) but they need to make the decisions that are necessary for the welfare of the group or organization! “The emphasis on persuasion in transforming leadership does not mean that the leader’s take is merely confined to directing discussion groups or making inspiring speeches; it means the hard task of goal-setting and calling people to be responsible for what they have committed themselves to … ‘A leader cannot avoid the exercise of authority any more than he/she can avoid responsibility for what happens to his/her organization.’” (ibid.)

  • “‘The message is clear: you cannot be a person in authority if you varnish the truth to please people.Ownership of your authority/power means naming denial and other aberrations for what they are – untruths.” (ibid.)

  • It is a truism that every good leader needs appropriate knowledge and skills.“The transforming leader needs competence (knowledge and skills) and commitment (attitudes and proper beliefs).The type of knowledge and skills will depend on the particular leadership role one is expected to fill.” (ibid.)Here, of course, the leader can also use consultants.

  • Another need for a transforming leader today is the need for reflection and “not-knowing.” No one knows everything and hence leaders need to journey inward, e.g., to discover my manipulative tendencies.The leader journeys inward to see/discover what he/she does not know.Going inward, leaders ask themselves “what do I not know?”No one has all the answers.Psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion strongly advise people to admit that they do not have all the answers for what they have to face, especially problems.Good idea!He suggests we leave space inside us for new ideas.“To sit in the liminality or the darkness/chaos of ‘not-knowing,’ without distractions or the escapism of busyness, is the way to new insights” (ibid.)This is something very essential for leaders who live in our hectic too-fast world!Obviously, this need can easily be connect with one’s spirituality and Faith.

  • Lastly, transforming leadership for today’s world also has the need for rites or rituals of mourning.“One of the most important, and more neglected, tasks of a leader is to offer space to people to grieve over that which has died or is no longer relevant.When one accepts the reality of loss, with all its pain and anger, and allows it to go, then the new has room to enter.If losses are not owned up to, they remain to haunt the living, trapping people unwittingly in the past.” (ibid.)Unfortunately, in the West today, there is a strong denial regarding loss/losses and so what is discussed here is not easy to do!

  • By way of final summary, let us look at the following material from Arbuckle:

    “Today the emphasis in leadership has moved from management in order to control groups to a transforming style that aims to bring the best out of people and to respond quickly to change.  A leader molds and communicates a task-oriented vision which gives direction to the work of others.  If the leader fails to provide this vision, the strategies to realize it and appropriate accountability structures, the group becomes confused and de-energized.  The primary task of leaders is to articulate according to the transforming model of leadership the vision of a healthy group/association.  Appropriate strategies cannot develop if officially appointed leaders are not prepared to foster responsible dissent within the group.  However, the cultural forces inhibiting this creative dissent cannot be overstressed… The majority of cultures … are based on mythologies of control that obstruct or restrict creativity … People who are transforming leaders are called to foster culture changes and as, anthropological studies show, this is an onerous task requiring competency, commitment, and courage.” (ibid.)

     

  • All appearance to the contrary, much more could be said about leadership because it covers so much ground, e.g., the servant element in modern leadership, what rituals/rites look like for mourning losses in groups/associations/organizations.However, the above material more than serves our purposes.

  • As I was doing the above, I ran into another temptation, i.e., being cynical regarding President Trump and how much of what he does squares with the above; my feeling was that most of this material was contradicted by the leadership of the President (and his associates).However, after I had finished and I examined my negative feelings here, I was very glad to have the above because it gave me something – a lens – that countered my cynicism and that I could consciously use to look at Trump and be fair and objective.

  • In the next issue, I will share with you my experience of applying this material to the question of what is happening in the United States today, especially in the White House and the present American government.

     

  • It also occurred to me that I could use the above material to measure my own leadership qualities as a Catholic minister (for the sake of the Kingdom).So you may want to study the material a little bit more and then apply it to your own leadership in the Church.Do not be surprised at the results when you do this!

  • Father Arbuckle applies the above kind of material in his book used here to measure leadership in today’s Church and how to change/reform the Church for the better.He has other books and materials he has written for this purpose and these would be very interesting to look at; it would help us better understand what a changing Church looks like from the context of cultural anthropology, a changing Church such as Pope Francis is trying to form.

     

    May the Risen One continue to grant you a holy converting joyful strengthening uplifting Easter Season. Amen!

     

    Father Fred Scinto, C.R.,

    Resurrection Ministries,

    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

    (fscinto@rogers.com)

    (519-885-4370 or toll free 877-242-7935)

     

     

     

 




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