Weekly Reflection from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute Week of 3 October 2016

by Annemarie-Paulin Campbell

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on Religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you will recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me –watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly” Matthew 11 29-30 (The Message)

It’s the time of year where many of us start to feel frazzled and stressed-out. Energy reserves may be running low. We are holding many deep concerns about our country and especially the student protests around education. We may be trying to get on top of the work of the last stretch of the year.  We may be preparing for exams.  We may be battling with personal or relational issues.  It can feel overwhelming.  Perhaps now is a good time to heed the invitation to pause a moment and allow ourselves to remember that we can’t and don’t need to do it all ourselves.  We can take even a few minutes somewhere in the day to consciously remember that we are in partnership with God.

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Gracious God,

When we are tired, stressed and overwhelmed by too many demands,

Help us to come to you and to lean on your strength to find new energy to respond with generosity and courage to the needs of the world around us.

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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