July 2014

Spirituality and You: Worry

Monday, July 21, 2014

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Our topic for this week is Worry:

The worry machine chugs along in most of our lives on a daily basis. We are nervous about being on time, looking good, making a positive impression, or being a success. We worry about money, our family members, situations at work, the weather, our health, and myriads of other things. Looking at the world situation, from global warming, to ethnic strife, terrorism, and wars, we worry about the very survival of the planet.

Why do we spend so much energy worrying? Spiritual teachers have suggested some reasons: We do not trust enough in God. We are reluctant to admit that we can’t control everything and make what we want happen. We have trouble accepting the idea that things do go wrong. And, compounding the problem, we have been brainwashed by our culture to believe that nothing good can come out of failure, setbacks, tragedy, or messes.

Suggestions on how to deal with worry:

  • Try not to jump to conclusions and assume the worst. When a worry comes to your mind, try to replace it with a positive thought.
  • Lift your worries up to God in silence. Don’t use words. Place all your worries in your cupped hands and lift them up to God, turning them over to the Lord. God knows what scares me. God knows why. I don’t need to say a thing.
  • Write the things that worry you on a piece of paper or in your journal. Include any actions you might take to deal with your worries. Get them off your mind, knowing you will deal with them when the time comes.
  • BREATHE! Deep cleansing breaths can calm your spirit and relieve your tension.

Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND, is the Director of Mission and Ministry at Jennings Center for Older Adults. She offers weekly reflections in writing “Spirituality and You.”

After 40 years of dedicated ministry at Jennings, Father Kestutis Zemaitis has retired as our priest chaplain. He will continue to live at the convent and be available for volunteer service at Jennings. Fr. Joe Pednekar, MSFS is our new chaplain.

Fr. Joe will also live at the convent and will celebrate daily Mass in Holy Spirit Chapel in the nursing home, along with other spiritual outreach to our residents. We thank Fr. Zemaitis for his many years of loving service, and give Fr. Joe a warm Jennings welcome!


Save the Date for Spirit and Splendor 2014!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Jennings Center for Older Adults and the Sisters of the Holy Spirit will celebrate our 3rd annual Spirit and Splendor event on Friday, October 10, 2014 at FirstEnergy Stadium, Home of the Cleveland Browns. This event is an opportunity to reach out to our friends in the community to raise [more…]

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Strategic succession planning complete as Martha M. Kutik transitions to Executive Advisor

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Jennings Center for Older Adults would like to announce the completion of organizational succession planning in which Martha M. Kutik has transitioned from CEO to Executive Advisor, as well as Allison Q. Salopeck to President and CEO.
Martha’s transition into the role of Executive Advisor for Jennings is a completion of the organizational succession planning she [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Summer

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

This week we reflect on the gift of SUMMER. Summer traditionally offers a time-out. For the young, it signals a break from studies. For adults, it promises downtime from packed schedules at work and at home. For all of us, the days of summer can be times for spiritual practices. Summer’s leisurely pace is perfect [more…]

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July is UV Safety Month: Be Safe in the Sun.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotches or spots on your skin. These are just some of the reasons why Jennings Center for Older Adults participates in UV Safety [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Independence

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

This week we offer this prayer as we look ahead to Independence Day: Lord, we stand today as our founders have stood before You in times gone by, Celebrating our history and reveling in all the great things that our country has achieved. On this day we rejoice in the favor You have graciously given [more…]

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