The Bridge is the official newsletter of the Corporation for Sponsored Ministries, published three times a year. All recent and present Board members, the Sisters of Saint Joseph, CSJ Associates, and all of the sponsored ministries receive The Bridge. The newsletter includes both current events at the ministries and ongoing education in CSJ Core Values.
The Bridge Theme 2016-2017
Amoris Laetitia The Joy of Love
Our themes for The Bridge since 2014 have been based on the words of Pope Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium The Joy of the Gospel, and the Encyclical, Laudato Si' On Care for Our Common Home. This year, Pope Francis has given us another Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia The Joy of Love. We may look upon these writings as a trilogy that begins with us as preachers of the Word; caretakers of our earth and the universe; and now as small gestures of love in our world.
The Exhortation is especially timely in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. First because it represents an invitation to Christian families to value the gifts of marriage and the family, and to persevere in a love strengthened by the virtues of generosity, commitment, fidelity and patience. Second, because it seeks to encourage everyone to be a sign of mercy and closeness… (Paragraph 5)
In light of CSJ Spirituality being carried out in our ministries, we are challenged to have mercy and compassion, live the CSJ Core Values and look to the Created Trinity, Jesus, Mary and Joseph as our model of love which can "transcend and overflow the demands of justice, 'expecting nothing in return' (Lk 6:35) and the greatest of loves can lead to 'laying down one's life for another (cf. Jn 15:13). Can such generosity, which enables us to give freely and fully, really be possible? Yes, because it is demanded by the Gospel…"
Assist all with love.
Seek no reward for helping,
except pleasing God.
(Maxim 55) Sister Frances Agnes Blake, CSJ
We will publish three issues of The Bridge, November, March and June. Your articles and pictures are welcomed before the due date when possible. You may invite your colleagues, students, residents, or parents to write or make a contribution to the article. I ask that you allow the administrator to read the article before you submit it. Thank you for sharing your gifts with all who receive a hard copy of The Bridge and with those who read it on our website, csjsponsorship.org.
Fall Articles and Pictures Due Date on or before Monday, November 14, 2016
Winter/Spring Articles and Pictures Due Date on or before Monday, March 13, 2017
Spring/Summer Articles and Pictures Due Date on or before Monday, June 12, 2017
2016-2017 Amoris Laetitia The Joy of Love
Fall 2016: Peace and Justice in Our Daily Ministry
Consequently, love can transcend and overflow the demands of justice, expecting nothing in return (Lk 6:35). ..Can such generosity, which enables us to give freely and fully, really be possible? Yes, because it is demanded by the Gospel. (paragraph 102)
When does your ministry show a self-sacrificial commitment to peace and justice, mercy and compassion?
How/Where have you, your colleagues, residents, students or parents experienced the virtues of generosity, commitment, fidelity and patience?
Winter/Early Spring 2017: Our Neighbors Near and Far without Distinction
The family is the primary setting for socialization, since it is where we first learn to relate to others, to listen and share, to be patient and show respect, to help one another and live as one. (paragraph 276)
How/when does your ministry form people to see the world as a family, as a community, as a home?
How does your ministry extend gracious hospitality to newcomers, visitors, and immigrants?
Spring/Summer 2017: Oneness with All Creation
Each of us, by our love and
care, leaves a mark on the life of others…not with ink, but with the Spirit of
the living God….Social love, as a reflection of the Trinity, is what truly
unifies the spiritual meaning of the family and its mission to others…The family
lives its spirituality precisely by being at one and the same time a domestic
church and a vital cell for transforming the world.
(paragraphs 322, 324)
When does your ministry use prayer or action to open hearts to receive the Holy Spirit of God's love in tending to the needs of the neighbor and/or all of creation?
In this paschal season of new beginnings, how has your ministry guided and shaped the lives of those around you?
How do you remember and recognize those who will be moving on from your ministry?