March 2014

Spirituality and You: Almsgiving

Monday, March 31, 2014

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This week Sister Valerie Sweeney encourages us to consider the third Lenten practice of ALMSGIVING. Giving alms means making the needs of others our own, especially the needy of our world. They are all around us: children and the elderly, the sick and the suffering, families and individuals, next-door neighbors and people in faraway lands. We easily forget them. Rather than just looking out for ourselves, see those in need, Jesus says. “Live simply, so that others may simply live.” –Mother Teresa

And what shall we give? Some of our time, our talent, our material resources, perhaps. Almsgiving is not just for the rich. Poor or rich, we all have something to give. Whatever we give, though, should be something of ourselves, something that costs us. Jesus also teaches, when we give, we receive blessings from God in return.

What shall we give to the needy this Lent? In deciding, decide generously. After all, before us is the great alms Jesus gave: “He loved us, and gave himself up for us.”

by Victor Hoagland, CP

Thank you, Doctors!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

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Doctors guide us through healthy choices and provide care in critical situations. On Doctor’s Day—today, March 30—Jennings Center for Older Adults salutes physicians who provide this important care with compassion and dignity for their patients.

Spirituality and You: Lenten Practice of Fasting

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Let’s consider the second Lenten practice of FASTING: When I googled the term “fasting” in preparation for writing this email, I found some resources about fasting as a way to cleanse the body of toxins or lose weight, and others about spiritual fasting. The more I thought about it, both of those definitions can apply [more…]

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CHA Lenten Reflection: Relinquishment

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A Lenten reflection from Catholic Health Association. For many, death makes life a cruel joke. Simone de Beauvior said as much in Force of Circumstance, her bittersweet memoir of hopes, projects, and loves doomed to extinction. Bertrand Russell, in his own weighty autobiography, said that the entire sweep of human aspiration and accomplishment was little [more…]

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Jennings celebrates Founder’s Day to mark its anniversary

Monday, March 17, 2014

As we celebrate Founder’s Day 2014, we reflect on our gratitude toward our namesake, Monsignor Gilbert Patrick Jennings, and humble beginnings by which Jennings Center for Older Adults came to fruition. Our ministry began with the establishment of Jennings Hall, which was dedicated on March 17, 1942 and made possible through [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Happy Founder’s Day

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy Founder’s Day! Today we celebrate the foundation of Jennings Hall on March 17, 1942. Bishop James McFadden blessed the building which was built through the generous bequest of Msgr. Gilbert Patrick Jennings. The purpose of this home, according to Msgr. Jennings, was to “enable deserving aged persons, with inadequate income, to live in a [more…]

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Jennings Visits Washington, D.C.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Jennings President Allison Q. Salopeck, Board Member Darrel Cox and Medical Director James Campbell were part of a group who met with Senator Sherrod Brown in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, March 13, 2013. Senator Brown is sponsoring a bill addressing the use of observation days in lieu of being admission status at the hospital and [more…]

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CHA Lenten Reflection: All we need is love

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Lenten reflection from Catholic Health Association: All we need is love. Love. What verb does more work? What noun is more invoked? That’s the problem. The word “love” means too much and too little.
It stands for (and justifies) just about everything; strong desires, imperial needs, an obsessive ache, murder, atrocity, mendacity. People have done [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Prayer

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

This week let’s look more closely at the Lenten practice of PRAYER:
Prayer is one of the three pillars of Lenten practice. Through prayer, we raise our hearts and minds to God in thanksgiving and praise. Prayer is our “vital and personal relationship with the true and living God.” During Lent, we place special emphasis on [more…]

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Jennings grateful to Sisters of the Holy Spirit during National Catholic Sisters Week

Monday, March 10, 2014

It’s National Catholic Sisters Week. In 1942 a small group of women religious, the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, began a ministry to older adults with the establishment of Jennings Hall. Through their early perseverance and constant gentle guidance of mission and values as our sponsoring order, Jennings Center for Older Adults has grown into [more…]

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