Weekly Reflection from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute Week of 19 September 2016

by Annemarie Paulin-Campbell

“Prayer in action is love, love in action is service.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta

On the 4th September Mother Teresa was officially recognised as a Saint. For the last twenty five years of her life, she lived without the consolation of any felt sense of God’s presence or closeness. Yet she chose to continue to live with faithfulness the life she had felt herself called to. She was a human being, not free from flaws or the limitations of her personality and world-view – but her daily care for the poorest and most neglected has inspired many people of various faiths and none. Often we also go through times (hopefully more short-lived than Mother Teresa experienced) when we find it difficult to sense God’s closeness. We may wonder if what we are doing is having any real impact in our world when the problems around us seem overwhelming.  Mother Teresa’s life encourages us to persevere in the times of doubt and struggle. To continue to do faithfully what we have sensed ourselves called to, trusting God that the ripples of those actions will indeed make a difference.

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Gracious God,

Teach us to persevere in times of doubt and struggle.

When we feel desolate give us strength to remain faithful

to what it is that you have called us to do and be.

Amen

 

Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell
MEd (Wits); MA Christian Spirituality (London); PhD (UKZN)

Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell has worked in the area of Ignatian Spirituality for 19 years and heads up the work of the Jesuit Institute School of Spirituality. Her primary focus is the training and supervision of spiritual directors and the giving of retreats. She is also a registered Psychologist and her PhD focused on the interface between Christian Spirituality and Psychology. Annemarie is an editorial advisor to “The Way” journal of Spirituality and has authored a number of articles relating to the training of Spiritual Directors in an African context. She has contributed to several books, most recently co-authoring a book of Lenten Reflections: “Long Journey to the Resurrection”. She has contributed to international conferences and consultations in Spirituality in the United Kingdom; the United States; Rome; Spain, Ethiopia, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

a.paulin-campbell@jesuitinstitute.org.za @annemariepc_c
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