A light on a little noted historic event of our Congress

The ‘Butterfly Effect’ – a Lesson in Communication and a light on a little noted historic event of our Congress of the Laity in Fatima

I have not provided a detailed account of my experience at the Third International Congress of the Laity in Fatima.   I was present as the North American Region on the International Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities (ICLDF) and my main work at the Congress was chairing the Justice, Peace, and Care of Creation Commission and one of the general sessions in sequence with my fellow ICLDF members. All of this is detailed and accounted for elsewhere.  I want to share with you an event at this Congress which was very dear to me and I think, very historical.  We took, for the first time, a step to reach out to the community which, of course, is the central task of our mission.  Here is an account of how it came about.

(The letter below is from me to one of our Provincial Council members, Theresa Gaudio, and gives an example of how a chance remark can influence happenings a world away.)

Dear Terri,

I just want to share with you the power of the ‘butterfly effect’.

You made a remark to me at one of our Provincial Council meetings which hit me hard. You said that at your professional meetings you always had a service element. You were surprised that we had no such thing at our meetings. That was a powerful wake-up to me of our proclivity for talk, not action.

At our September 18, 2018, Provincial Council meeting I presented material on the Season of Creation. I asked for participation since it occurred from the end of our Provincial Council meeting until the commemoration of the Transitus of St. Francis which coincided with the opening of our International Congress of the Laity. I’m not sure of all who picked up on that, but I did. It came to fruition at the Congress in Fatima.

I gave this much thought and prayers in my ‘pilgrimage’ to Compostella before the Congress. One of the suggestions in the Season of Creation material was the planting of a tree.  It occurred to me that perhaps we at the Congress could do such a thing as a corporate and physical way of commemorating our meeting. It would also involve actually reaching out into the community instead of spending all our focus on our own internal affairs.

At our preliminary preparation day in Fatima for the Congress, I proposed an action plan to my fellow ICLDF members.  Much to my satisfaction, they readily agreed with no extended discussion. I had refined the idea by then into the donation of an orange tree preferably at some Franciscan site in commemoration of the Transitus of St. Francis. I suggested the planting of an orange tree as a token and connection with St. Dominic’s storied one at Santa Sabina. All agreed.

Fr. Rui offered to enlist the aid of some local contacts to locate an entity which would accept this donation.  He enlisted the two hard-working Dominican Sisters who had been assisting us throughout the Congress. They put us in contact with the Franciscan Sisters of Divine Providence at the Casa Bom Samaritano (House of the Good Samaritan), a home for the developmentally disabled in Fatima.

They graciously agreed to accept the offer as well as our invitation to join us for Evening Prayer on

Oct. 4, the Transitus of St. Francis.

We had a presentation announcement during Vespers and took up a spontaneous monetary collection for their work.

The Presentation Announcement

They stayed for dinner with us, and it was one of the more memorably enjoyable one I’ve had. It was a very joyful interchange with the only common language being love.

A few of our guests:  One of the sisters from the home flanked by two of the residents; one of the sisters who helped us organize this; and me.

Gabriel Silva, of the Portuguese province was characteristically generous with his help.  I asked him to find out if orange trees would grow in that climate, where we could purchase one and make arrangements for planting it. We also had to know what time of year would be best since I knew October is not generally a good planting time. The word, as expected, came back that it would be best to plant the tree in Spring.

With the assistance of Cristina Busto, Gabriel’s wife and present president of the Portuguese Provincial Laity, the final arrangements are being made for the planting of the tree which, I hope will stay as a reminder of our visit, our trust in the future, and our concern for others

Peace and Be Well, Joe

The photos of the Casa and the Sisters are from their 25th Anniversary book.

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The 'Butterfly Effect' – a Lesson in Communication and a light on a little noted historic event of our Congress of the Laity in Fatima I have not provided a detailed account of my experience at the Third International Congress of the Laity in Fatima.   I was present as the...
<!-- wp:tadv/classic-paragraph --> <h3 data-tadv-p="keep">The 'Butterfly Effect' – a Lesson in Communication and a light on a little noted historic event of our Congress of the Laity in Fatima</h3> <p>I have not provided a detailed account of my experience at the Third International Congress of the Laity in Fatima.   I was present as the North American Region on the International Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities (ICLDF) and my main work at the Congress was chairing the Justice, Peace, and Care of Creation Commission and one of the general sessions in sequence with my fellow ICLDF members. All of this is detailed and accounted for elsewhere.  I want to share with you an event at this Congress which was very dear to me and I think, very historical.  We took, for the first time, a step to reach out to the community which, of course, is the central task of our mission.  Here is an account of how it came about.</p> <p>(<em>The letter below is from me to one of our Provincial Council members, Theresa Gaudio, and gives an example of how a chance remark can influence happenings a world away.</em>)</p> <p>Dear Terri,</p> <p>I just want to share with you the power of the 'butterfly effect'.</p> <p>You made a remark to me at one of our Provincial Council meetings which hit me hard. You said that at your professional meetings you always had a service element. You were surprised that we had no such thing at our meetings. That was a powerful wake-up to me of our proclivity for talk, not action.</p> <p>At our September 18, 2018, Provincial Council meeting I presented material on the Season of Creation. I asked for participation since it occurred from the end of our Provincial Council meeting until the commemoration of the Transitus of St. Francis which coincided with the opening of our International Congress of the Laity. I'm not sure of all who picked up on that, but I did. It came to fruition at the Congress in Fatima.</p> <p>I gave this much thought and prayers in my 'pilgrimage' to Compostella before the Congress. One of the suggestions in the Season of Creation material was the planting of a tree.  It occurred to me that perhaps we at the Congress could do such a thing as a corporate and physical way of commemorating our meeting. It would also involve actually reaching out into the community instead of spending all our focus on our own internal affairs.</p> <p>At our preliminary preparation day in Fatima for the Congress, I proposed an action plan to my fellow ICLDF members.  Much to my satisfaction, they readily agreed with no extended discussion. I had refined the idea by then into the donation of an orange tree preferably at some Franciscan site in commemoration of the Transitus of St. Francis. I suggested the planting of an orange tree as a token and connection with St. Dominic's storied one at Santa Sabina. All agreed.</p> <p>Fr. Rui offered to enlist the aid of some local contacts to locate an entity which would accept this donation.  He enlisted the two hard-working Dominican Sisters who had been assisting us throughout the Congress. They put us in contact with the Franciscan Sisters of Divine Providence at the Casa Bom Samaritano (House of the Good Samaritan), a home for the developmentally disabled in Fatima.</p> <table style="border-collapse: collapse; width: 100%;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width: 50%;"><a href="http://www.fraternitiesop.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/JK-Buon-Samaritano.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-2440 aligncenter" src="http://www.fraternitiesop.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/JK-Buon-Samaritano.jpg" alt="" width="215" height="108" /></a></td> <td style="width: 50%;"><a href="http://www.fraternitiesop.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/JK-Suore-1.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-2446 aligncenter" src="http://www.fraternitiesop.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/JK-Suore-1.jpg" alt="" width="124" height="108" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>They graciously agreed to accept the offer as well as our invitation to join us for Evening Prayer on</p> <p>Oct. 4, the Transitus of St. Francis.</p> <p>We had a presentation announcement during Vespers and took up a spontaneous monetary collection for their work.</p> <p style="text-align: center;" data-tadv-p="keep"><strong>The Presentation Announcement</strong></p> <p>They stayed for dinner with us, and it was one of the more memorably enjoyable one I’ve had. It was a very joyful interchange with the only common language being love.</p> <p><a href="http://www.fraternitiesop.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/JK-Text.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-2443 aligncenter" src="http://www.fraternitiesop.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/JK-Text-300x183.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="183" /></a></p> <p>A few of our guests:  One of the sisters from the home flanked by two of the residents; one of the sisters who helped us organize this; and me.</p> <p><a href="http://www.fraternitiesop.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/JK-Fatima.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-2441 aligncenter" src="http://www.fraternitiesop.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/JK-Fatima.jpg" alt="" width="288" height="183" /></a></p> <p>Gabriel Silva, of the Portuguese province was characteristically generous with his help.  I asked him to find out if orange trees would grow in that climate, where we could purchase one and make arrangements for planting it. We also had to know what time of year would be best since I knew October is not generally a good planting time. The word, as expected, came back that it would be best to plant the tree in Spring.</p> <p>With the assistance of Cristina Busto, Gabriel’s wife and present president of the Portuguese Provincial Laity, the final arrangements are being made for the planting of the tree which, I hope will stay as a reminder of our visit, our trust in the future, and our concern for others</p> <p>Peace and Be Well, Joe</p> <p><em>The photos of the Casa and the Sisters are from their 25th Anniversary book.</em></p> <!-- /wp:tadv/classic-paragraph -->

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