Month: September 2016

Celebration of year of Mercy

To celebrate the year of Mercy, we the family of Sion and friends had a special celebration on September 4th at Gethsemane – in the Basilica of the Agony. “Here, then, is the reason for the Jubilee: because this is the time for mercy. It is the favorable time to heal wounds, a time not to be weary of meeting all those who are waiting to see and to touch with their hands the signs of closeness and reconciliation”. Pope Francis. We started the Mass outside the Basilica with the penitential rite, after we entered in a procession receiving holy water and in silence. Each one took time to pray at the rock, where Jesus had his last prayer before he was betrayed and arrested by the Roman soldiers. We enjoyed that time to ask God forgiveness for the violence, the discrimination, prejudices, lack of acceptance of differences and lack of mercy in our world. Then after that we walked to the Ecce Homo to continue our Mass. The Mass was presided by Fr. Carlos …

Non-violent communication

We studied about the non-Violent communication for a week with Fr. Guy Theunis, a Missionary of Africa (“White Father”). He also spoke about the Enneagram each afternoon. The topics focused on the language according Marshall B. Rosenberg, self-communication, good listening, conflict, negotiation and how we respond to conflict. Fr. Guy explained to us that Marshall B. Rosenberg, an American psychologist was very well-versed in the study of the language and its concepts. For example, he referred to “Jackal Language” which is a language of demand and of a negative opinion while “Giraffe Language” is welcoming, freeing and kind. He mentioned four key points for non-violent communication: observation (saying what we see), feelings (saying what we feel), the needs at the base of my feelings (we express my unmet needs) and requests (saying what I would like the other person to do for us). We did an exercise on how to recognize the Jackal and Giraffe language in various phrases and what was missing in the phases. This helped us to be attentive and more aware …

An unexpected volunteer

My name is Abigail, I am a 20 year old traveler from the United States. I have been traveling my way through Central America, volunteering as I go. One of the places that stood out to me most was “Proyecto Generando Vida”. I stumbled upon the project by a stroke of luck while I was in search of a new place to volunteer. They told me they had never had a walk-in volunteer before – usually they plan months ahead – but nonetheless welcomed me into the program with open arms. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, but every one of the workers and fellow volunteers were not only friendly but more than willing to help me figure out the routine, answer all of my questions, and more. They even had exceptional patients with my very poor Spanish! My job was to work in the “comedor” in the mornings, helping to prepare a nutritious meal for about 140 children a day, and cleaning up afterwards. I found serving the food to all the …