October 2013

At Jennings, our pastoral and spiritual responsibility is demonstrated through the importance we place on attending to the spiritual needs of those we serve, including our staff. Without imposing any particular religious beliefs, we recognize the spiritual dimension of the services that we provide. Our Catholic values, part of our mission, are a common thread that staff members of all faiths can respect and emulate in the compassionate care they provide.

Research has confirmed that the practice of spiritual disciplines can have a positive medical value and so must be regarded as a significant variable in the overall well being of the person. On the Jennings campus, conversations about the importance of attending to the spiritual needs of a person are openly encouraged and supported amongst our staff and other clinicians.

As a Catholic organization and according to the Catholic Ethical Directives, we have a duty to preserve our life and to use it for the glory of God. At Jennings, people are able to make choices every day in order to fulfill their beliefs and participate in their faith practices. In addition to daily Mass and Rosary, there are interdemoninational services, Bible studies and spiritual care available. Beyond activities, Jennings respects food choices, such as meatless Fridays and fasting during Lent. A Valentine’s Day celebration honors the vows and of all married couples who are part of the campus and the commitment they share.  Offering ways to celebrate faith helps us to provide quality of life for those who are Catholic and wish to continue celebrating these traditions. Our Catholic values offer a quality of life regardless of an individual’s particular religion.

Spirituality and You: Silence

Monday, October 28, 2013

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Sister Valerie’s reflection for this week is on SILENCE:

“Silence is God’s first language; everything else is a poor translation. In order to hear that language, we must learn to be still and to rest in God.”
— Thomas Keating quoted in The Sun & Moon Over Assisi by Gerard Thomas Straub

Practice: Incorporate minutes of silence into your daily routine: observing one silent minute at your desk before beginning work, while sitting at a park bench during lunch, in your car before starting the drive home, or after watching the evening news.

Have a great week!

Spirit and Splendor 2013 a success!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Many thanks to everyone who supported or attended Spirit and Splendor 2013. We had a wonderful evening of food, fellowship and fun “Rooted in CLE” and celebrated at Cleveland Browns FirstEnergy Stadium. We hope you will join us again next year!

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Spirituality and You: Beauty

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Navaho blessing “May you walk in beauty” catches the essence of this spiritual practice. Beauty is both a path you travel and what surrounds you on the path. In the splendor of Creation, we see its outer forms. In morality and benevolence, we recognize its inner expressions.
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Mission and Ministry Matters: Respect

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

This month Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND, looks at Jennings’ core value of RESPECT more closely. Here is a story she found to help us do that:
Burnt Toast
When I was a little one, my mom used to make breakfast and dinner every day. I remember one night in particular when she had made dinner after a long, hard [more…]

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