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Habits and Systemic Change: A Reflection

A Latin proverb warns us “The power of habit is great.” We also know this from our spiritual formation. Wise spiritual directors counsel us to pray daily, to make it a habit, and our life will always have a solid foundation. Of course St. Vincent goes even further when he says a person of prayer […]

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Part II: Systemic Change Regional Coordination Meeting for Asia

“Systemic change is a spirituality, a mindset, a presence that listens, and an experience.” This was the line that encapsulated the first day of the SC meeting. As the second day started with the reflective “Prayer to the Different Directions,” the participants’ mood was set for the day’s agenda. Right after the recap, Jim Claffey […]

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Systemic Change Regional Coordination Meeting for Asia

The International Commission for Systemic Change is holding a regional coordination meeting for Asia in the Daughters of Charity Provincial House in Lam Lukka, Bangkok, Thailand this weekend, November 11-12. Participating were 15 representatives coming from India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos together with the three members of the Commission, Mr. James Claffey, Sr. […]

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The difference a lens makes

“Seeing” calls for “judging.” But judging presupposes a lens! “Two men looked out from prison bars, one saw mud, the other stars!” This quote, variously attributed, seems to express that what one sees depends greatly upon one’s mental model and expectations. An earlier posted based on an article by Fr. Emeric Amyot on the method […]

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Seeing As The Beginning Of Systemic Change

Seeing is the necessary beginning of systemic change. Systemic change requires looking anew at something we see…but do not see. This kind of seeing is really more like reading, reading the “signs of the times.” St. Vincent was a man of the concrete whose starting point is direct knowledge of events about which he reflects […]

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Who’s Missing: A Systemic Change Reflection

A recent U.S.A. news headline: “Poor seem far down list on candidates’ agendas.” No real surprise there! In the last presidential campaign in the United States, neither President Obama nor Mr. Romney ever mentioned people living in poverty in major campaign addresses nor in their debates as they emphasized their plans for the middle class. […]

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