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Sixth Annual Lead From the Heart Ethics Lecture

Managing Scarcity through the Lens of Franciscan Abundance

Many people today suffer from chronic scarcity mentality, characterized by deep-seated anxiety and fear. You wonder if you have enough and you are afraid someone will take it from you. You must always be on your guard to avoid having someone else win. Because of the dangers of scarcity mentality, in recent years publications have surfaced on how to achieve abundance mentality. However, one cannot achieve fully the abundance mentality in the absence of a faith in God, the source of all abundance.

St. Francis of Assisi is an example of one whose radical faith developed over years of letting go caused him to experience such an abundance mentality that he viewed all creation as pure gift. The Franciscan charism focuses on the paradoxical truth that the more one gives away or shares, (not just in material ways), the more one receives and finds peace. Description of scarcity mentality vs. abundance mentality from a faith perspective and practical ways of achieving the “gift mentality” will be given in the presentation.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

4-6:30 p.m.
Allison Mansion

There is no charge to attend the event, but registration is required. Deadline to register is February 10, 2015.


4 p.m. Registration 

4:30 p.m. Refreshments 

5 p.m. Presentation 

6 p.m. Question and Answer Session

Sr. Norma Rocklage, OSF '60 Sr. Norma Rocklage, OSF '60 is the executive director for education formation outreach at Marian University. She is a sister of St. Francis of Oldenburg, Indiana and holds a M.A. and Ph.D. from St. Louis University in classical languages. Sr. Norma has experience as an educator, administrator, lecturer, and retreat and spiritual director.  She served as a member of the General Council of her congregation for eight years.

Over the past 30 years, she has been involved in several dioceses with adult education and conducted workshops in religious education. Sr. Norma has done postgraduate work in theology at the Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is past president of the governing board of Indiana Network of Higher Education Ministries, chairperson of the Indiana Newman Foundation, and serves on the Holy Family Service Board, Interfaith Hunger Initiative Board, International Interfaith Board, Center for Interfaith Collaboration, and Church Federation of Indianapolis.

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