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Monday, March 20, 2017

“What makes for a good meeting?”

Today I went to a really good meeting.  What, you might ask, is “a really good meeting?”  The materials were well prepared!  Not only that, but the leaders had done a very good job preparing others to take a role in leading various parts of the meeting and everyone’s voice was heard.   Best of all, we got out EARLY!!!

EACH of these things contributed to a very good day!   So, why doesn’t every meeting go this well?   Sometimes we have to listen to one voice, droning on and on, as though no one else in the room has anything to contribute.   As a former teacher, I know that time goes faster (for both leader and participants) when all are invited to take part in the process. 

I wasn’t looking forward to spending my Saturday this way.   But we needed it done, and in my way of thinking it was time well spent!

I left the meeting wondering why it was so good.  First of all, the preparation was done ahead of time.  The task was clear and all were invited to share their opinions.

When have you been to a meeting that worked?
What made it a good meeting for you?

Ruth Poochigian, O.P.
Madison  WI

Thursday, March 16, 2017


“The search – for self, for wisdom, for love, for truth, for justice, for God – is strenuous and unending.  We need good companions in order to persevere in it.  In good company, in a community of conviction, the quest never loses its relevance, its urgency or its savor.” -  Kay Ashe, OP

These words by Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Kay Ashe have been a source of much reflection for me lately as I continue through my candidacy year.  I find myself surrounded with “good companions” with whom I share not only vespers and meals, chores and groceries, cars and bank accounts, but also deeply challenging and deeply beautiful moments. 

As someone who works directly with immigrant children, the national news has been deeply disturbing.  On a personal level, I have grieved some losses of loved ones in past months.  In the midst of this, life in community has been a source of genuine support, encouragement and growth. 

“We have all known the long loneliness and the answer is community,” wrote Servant of God Dorothy Day.  Her words resonate as I reflect on how community makes me more aware that I am both broken and blessed, and that life is infinitely richer when it is lived in common.     

To what communities do you belong?  How does community reveal your own blessedness and brokenness? 

Rhonda Miska
Sinsinawa, WI

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