In God's Hand

In Gods Handformer EU prov leadersBeside the candles - a symbol of growing unity - we have this carving called In God’s Hand - a symbol of Hope and Trust for our EU Province.

God’s hand supports three people - holding the new EU Province established from 2 provinces/ 1 region, comprising 5 countries – all represented here today.

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The CPS European Province Candle

EU candle NL D Asr marie benedicteOriginally one thick candle with three wicks had been envisaged to symbolize “Unity”.

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.)

EU candle CPS webIn 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     

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The Wheel - A Symbol for our new European Province

wheel meditation

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.  

pdfWheel Meditation

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EU Leadership Team webCPS 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. 

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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.