December 2018

Home for the holidays: schedule your visit!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

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Continuing a legacy of quality since our founding in 1942, it is a privilege to serve Northeast Ohio families with exceptional Catholic-based residences and services. For many, the holidays are filled with visiting family and friends for both joyful and supportive reasons. During your visit, consider that a loved one might benefit from:

  • a “right-sized” residence instead of the upkeep of a house and yard;
  • more social opportunities rather than feeling lonely or isolated;
  • support with health changes compared to frequent emergency visits;
  • delicious, home-cooked meals instead of dining alone.

Contact Jennings to learn more about our communities. Apartment-style assisted living residences offer a balance of privacy and neighborly friendships, excellent amenities, compassionate care, and choices that ensure each resident can direct his or her own lifestyle. Learn the reasons Jennings was named to Northeast Ohio’s top 25 assisted living residences. 

For more information and to schedule your visit, contact Beth Cole or Michael Blake at (216) 581-2900. 

Reflection on Christmas

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

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Finding the Child

“And this will be a sign for you. You will find a child wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.” (Lk. 2:13)

These mysterious instructions are given by an Angel of the Lord to the shepherds.

The profound implication is: it is a revelation about Jesus, but it is also revelation they share in. If the shepherds find the child, they will find themselves. It is a sign “for you.”

What could this mean and why is it important?

We have many ways of identifying ourselves. If we are asked who we are, most likely we will bring forward one or more of the available selves that we embrace in our daily life. We identify with our gender, or our sexual orientations, or our age, or with a physical or mental suffering or characteristic, or with a social role or work position, or with membership in a race, a nationality, or a family, or with some traits or collection of traits of our personality, etc. 

Our work may describe us as facility and administrative staff, nurses, physicians, chaplains, managers, directors, leaders, Board members, sponsors – and all other ways we make Catholic Health Care work. 

But there is more going on than these usual ways we describe ourselves. In the symbolic language of Advent/Christmas, we are a “child wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.”

As a “child,” we realize we are always indebted to a larger reality that continuously is creating us. We may be physically, psychologically, and socially adults, but on the spiritual level we remain in a position of receiving our existence from the ultimate Mystery of God. “Child” is the image for acknowledging our dependency on this greater Source.

As “wrapped in swaddling clothes,” we realize we are loved by the Source who created and sustains our existence. This image comes from an ancient way of caring for newborns. When a child was born, it was cared for and comforted by being wrapped in swaddling clothes. In the center of ourselves, we are receiving love from the reality that brought us into being. 

As “laid in manger,” we give the love we have received to others. The manger is a feeding trough. It is where food is made available. We feed others with what we have received.

The feast of Christmas is a mirror to our deeper selves. We all share in the spiritual reality revealed in Jesus; and if we take a moment and look inside, we will see the dynamics of this spiritual reality energizing our lives. The sign is for us.

We are a “child wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.”

Post courtesy of Catholic Health Association USA.

Reflection for the fourth week of Advent: People of Goodwill

Sunday, December 23, 2018

“Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth among people of goodwill.” (Lk. 2:14)
This is the song the angels sing at the birth of Christ. They give glory to God in the highest because, paradoxically, God has not stayed in the highest. God “has visited and redeemed [his] people.” (Lk. 1:68)
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Reflection for the third week of Advent: Fleeing Herod

Sunday, December 16, 2018

A significant feature of Advent/ Christmas is attending to the poor. There are toy drives for poor children, Christmas baskets for those without, Christmas Eve and Christmas day meals in social service settings with prominent political and Church figures serving, solicitation for donations from every helping agency, etc. Reaching out to the more prosperous to [more…]

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Second Sunday of Advent Reflection: Treasuring Christmas Memories

Monday, December 10, 2018

At a Christmas Eve gathering, a woman reached out her hand and cradled an ornament on the tree. A friend noticed she had tears in her eyes and asked, “You ok?”
“Nothing wrong,” she said. “Just remembering.”
The Advent and Christmas season is a time of memories. We do not plan them; they come unbidden. They are [more…]

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Mission and Ministry Matters: Simple truths about life

Monday, December 3, 2018

by Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND, Chief Mission Leader at Jennings
For the past several months I have been writing about end of life decisions. Those are some heavy topics (but important ones) to consider. I thought I would end the calendar year with some reflections about life and relationships. Most of them I have absorbed through [more…]

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A reflection for the first week of Advent: Defiant Christmas Trees

Sunday, December 2, 2018

With December, Christmas trees begin to appear.

We suddenly notice they are in our hospitals, our office buildings, and the vast variety of sites where we deliver health care. We also find them in malls, on lawns, and coming through the television with steady, even annoying, regularity. In fact, for many of us, the furniture is [more…]

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