To Live is to Change

John Cardinal Henry NewmanThe recent canonization of John Henry Cardinal Newman has me pondering his famous quotation, “In a higher world it is otherwise, but here below to live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.”

Those of us who have been immersed in the unfolding journey of association are keenly aware that we are in a season of change. As God resizes some of our congregations and calls others of them to conscious fulfillment, we find ourselves entrusted with their mission and charisms claiming them as our own in a world desperately in need of them.

What is the change God is inviting us to? At this Advent season, we are reminded that God is about new life. We are to bring to the world the presence of the Christ. Like Mary, we listen to God invitation and trust in God’s promise. Like Elizabeth, we need to be open to the unexpected despite our age. Like Joseph, we need to be attentive to dreams that lure us beyond the law to extravagant love and fidelity.

We have been called at this moment in history to bear the lives of our congregations in new places and new ways. They may be as ordinary as our family and work relationships or as surprising and new as assuming leadership roles in our local groups or inviting and orienting new members. They may invite us to collaborate with associates of other congregations. May we prepare our hearts and minds to welcome the changes has God in store for us and respond generously.

To support you, NACAR continues to offer a picture of association across the country in The Associate.

We also provide the opportunity to take online courses through our partnership with the University of Dayton at reduced cost through the VLCFF/NACAR Partnership.

We hope these resources will enable you to respond with increasing confidence to the God’s emerging dream for associate life.

May this Advent find us not only longing but ready and willing to say a heartfelt “yes” to God’s invitation to bring forth Associate life and commitment in the spirit of our Advent companions.

Please watch for an important email this week sent by NACAR President Jeanne Connolly. It has vital information for all NACAR members!

Save the Dates!
Associate Leadership Retreat
Spiritual Resilience:
Creating Sabbath Moments
May 18 - 21, 2020
Marillac Retreat Center
Leavenworth, Kansas
Registration Information coming soon!


Image of John Cardinal Newman is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.


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