PEACE is the true news!
Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Help us to recognize the evil latent in a communication that does not build communion.
Help us to remove the venom from our judgements.
Help us to speak about others as our brothers and sisters.
You are faithful and trustworthy;
may our words be seeds of goodness for the world:
where there is shouting, let us practise listening;
where there is confusion, let us inspire harmony;
where there is ambiguity, let us bring clarity;
where there is exclusion, let us offer solidarity;
where there is sensationalism, let us use sobriety;
where there is superficiality, let us raise real questions;
where there is prejudice, let us awaken trust;
where there is hostility, let us bring respect;
where there is falsehood, let us bring truth.
From Pope Francis' 2018 World Communications Day Message
God’s hand supports three people - holding the new EU Province established from 2 provinces/ 1 region, comprising 5 countries – all represented here today.
The outcome: Three individual candles very close to each other, touching each other, symbolizing the process of growing union between the three regions concerned.
The three candles are placed on a labyrinth – not the usual labyrinth where paths are marked. (They look inviting, even though it is not always easy to trace the one that leads towards the centre.)
In this labyrinth, people have to find their own way to the centre. It has to be discovered and followed step by step. Sometimes the path disappears and seems to be lost, and a new one has to be searched for.
Eventually union is found as a treasure symbolized in the symbol of a drop of blood, which becomes a red thread winding round the three candles, uniting the three Provinces and ending in the EU symbol.
Sr. Marie Benedicte Schildkamp, CPS
The Wheel is a symbol of the Trinity, of Community, and also of our new CPS European Province. During morning prayer on 6 May 2018, Sr. Sarto Stürmer CPS shared her "Wheel Meditation" to begin the historic day celebrating the Inauguration of our new CPS European Province and the Installation of our new EU Province Leadership Team.
CPS Europe has lengthened its cords and widened the space of its tent! The CPS European Province is now a reality with the inauguration of the new EU Province on 6 May 2018 at the Motherhouse Heilig Bloed, The Netherlands. Congratulations!
We thank all the Sisters and the outgoing leadership teams of the Netherland Region, the Austrian and German Provinces for all your deliberations, perseverance and resilience over the past 22 years.