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General Chapter Musings

Josephine Badali, CND

The reflections that have been presented each week from those of us who participated in the General Chapter have been as varied as each of us. What seemed to be a common thread, however, and what struck me during the chapter was something that the sisters of Maria Province (Japan) expressed in their creative presentation. They described a Japanese word, YUI, and in so doing, brought a deep richness to our understanding of relationships.

Maria Province delegates spoke of YUI as an attitude, a manner of being that ties or binds us together and that connotes collaboration, interconnectedness and inclusivity. They used images close to the Japanese culture, those of planting rice and building traditional houses, to help us to understand the deep meaning of YUI.

Many people are involved in planting rice, but each one has a specific role. As the workers walk together in a single line, they join in singing a rice-planting song. Similarly, the various participants who collaborate in the piece by piece construction of traditional houses do so in the spirit of YUI. The people are connected to each other not only in the job that they are required to fulfill, but in their common objective, in their values and attitudes, in their emotions and in their hopes.

YUI fosters connectivity and hope. As well, it invites us to develop a new and different relationship with our common home, with others, with ourselves and with God. YUI is embedded in the “New Learnings, New Ways, New Language ” that we, in Visitation Province, enacted in our own creative presentation. 


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