Saturday, July 14, 2007
FROM THIS ORDER ? - SR. THERESE SULLIVAN
In a comments box below "72 books" indicated the chancellor of the Cleveland Diocese came from the Sisters of Providence who have a labyrinth on their spirituality page.
That's not all this group of nuns are into. Their agriculture uses biodynamics according to this page in their website:
Eventually, sustainable living became so overwhelmingly interesting to her that she took a leave of absence from her job to spend the summer as an organic and biodynamic gardening intern at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice as a transition to beginning her masters in sustainability at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., this fall.
Biodynamics is a method of farming developed by Theosophist and founder of Anthroposophy Rudolf Steiner. It relies on spiritual practices along with organic farming.
This is much closer to the Theosophical Liberal Catholic Church than it is to anything Roman Catholic. The spiritual aspects of this form of farming are discussed at this website.
The fundamental conceptual difference between biodynamic and other forms of agriculture is that real "healing" does not take place in the absence of a spiritual component. Biodynamic agriculture provides this spiritual component. No matter how many elements are put together in whatever combination and although symptoms might be alleviated, real "healing" cannot take place without an infusion of spiritual forces. Jesus Christ illustrated this principle very clearly. He did not use herbs, needles or concoctions. He didn't even touch the individuals who came to him for healing. It was His capacity to reach directly into the individual's spirit and make the correction there that brought forth the "physical cure" which is a manifestation of the spiritual healing that had taken place.
Rudolf Steiner explains that food grown biodynamically brings in the cosmic forces necessary for the spiritual enhancement of the individual. In fact, when asked by a student, Ehrenfreid Pfeiffer: "How can it happen that the spiritual impulse, and especially the inner schooling, for which you are constantly providing stimulus and guidance bear so little fruit? Why do the people concerned give so little evidence of spiritual experience, in spite of all their efforts? Why, worst of all, is the will for action, for the carrying out of these spiritual impulses so weak?" the thought-provoking and surprising answer was: "This is a problem of nutrition." The spiritual infusion is the most valuable asset of this form of agriculture.
Here is the announcement of the new chancellor of the Cleveland Diocese to take effect in August. Her name is Sr. Therese Guerin Sullivan SP, JCL. Her bio is given on the Loyola University Pastoral Life Center website:
Sr. Therese Guerin Sullivan, J.C.L., D.Min.
Course: Canon Law and Civil Law for the Pastoral Minister
Address: 1027 Superior Avenue, Suite 500, Cleveland OH 44114
Phone: (330) 929-5764 and (216) 696-6525, ext. 4000
Fax: (330) 929-5765
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Therese Guerin Sullivan, S.P., is a Judge serving the Marriage Tribunal of the Diocese of Cleveland and a member of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary of the Woods. She holds a Masters in Education (M.Ed.) and a Doctorate in Ministry (D.Min.). She also holds a Licentiate (J.C.L.) in Canon Law. In more than thirty years of ministry, Sr. Therese has been a teacher, an elementary school principal, and diocesan leader. From 1989 until very recently, she served in the diocese of Gary, Indiana as a Judge in the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal and as Vicar for Religious. She also was appointed by the Bishop of Gary to administer the Diocesan Conciliation and Arbitration Process.
So just who is running the show in Cleveland along with "Little Man" Lennon? What spirituality motivates them? And is it any wonder I can no longer find a parish to call home?
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!