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Associate Recognition for Long Term Commitment

Visitation East Coordinators have decided to recognize the following years for long time Associate Commitment (15, 20, 25, 30 and soon 35 years). So each year, those who have these anniversaries will be acknowledged. We want to offer Congratulations and thank the following Associates for their many years of Commitment to the CND Associate Relationship. In 2014, those with 30 years of Commitment are: Emma Avery of Larry’s River, NS; Edith Corbett of Fredericton, NB; Teresa Doiron of Halifax, NS; Martha Kennedy of Truro, NS. Anne Reynolds of Sydney, NS, has 25 years of Commitment. Twenty year recipients are: Theresa Dickson of Halifax, NS., and Josie Ritcey of Halifax, NS. Six Associates with 15 years of Commitment are from Summerside, PEI. They include: Irving and Lillian Arsenault, Doris Gerrard, Dorothy Hamill, M. Ann MacLellan, and Aldona O’Brien-Jollimore. Simone Cormier of Riverview, NB, also has 15 years of Commitment. 

December 7th - Second Sunday of Advent Reflection

December 7th

“. . . make straight in the desert, a highway for our God…the uneven ground shall become level and the rough places a plain.” Is. 40: 3-5

There are so many inspiring themes for Advent but I imagine that most, if not all, of us can relate to the desire to make highways straight and levelling out uneven and rough places. This I believe also relates to the theme of Home-coming as suggested by Joyce Rupp in, “May I Have this Dance.” Being a home body myself I can relate to combining the theme of making straight a highway for our God and the sense of Advent being a time for coming home. In winter time especially we worry about external highways being straight and level so that we can reach home, wherever home is for us.

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First mourn, then work for change … We remember 1989 … 25 Years Since Polytechnique

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, also known informally as White Ribbon Day, is a day commemorated in Canada each December 6. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique killings. Fourteen women were murdered and twelve others were injured, because they were women. Gender-based violence is still with us. We need to focus on the questions regarding how far we have come. Have we really made the connection between the horrific Montreal Massacre and what women are exposed to every day all around us? Many Canadians will wear a white ribbon tomorrow. Some of us will gather in special events. In Charlottetown, a Memorial Service will be held at 12 noon, Friday, December 5 in Memorial Hall, Confederation of the Arts.

December Article 2014 for RI Catholic

Sr. Brigid had spent most of her life in a remote village in sub-Sahara, West Africa. Due to the extreme heat and the short rainy season, food was scarce. They were able to grow a variety of rice when the weather was wet and that had to last them through the long dry period. There was one particular variety of rice that was more difficult to grow and was a special treat to receive.

Article first published by the Rhode Island Catholic

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Lights for Lima

The Second week of Advent:

Prayer for Climate Change

 

Congregation of Notre Dame, Associate Relationship, Visitation East

Across the airways, highways and seaways the Congregation de Notre Dame Associates of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia are living mutuality with our Sisters, mindful of the little shoot that sprouted in Marguerite’s garden in 1981 called Associate Relationship.

Leaning on the shoulders of those who have gone before us, we live “visitation” as a community, proud to bring the charism of Saint Marguerite’s light to the next generation. We are a much alive group, prayerful in solidarity with everyone and with a desire to be of service to others, while trusting and embracing the future. We are very open to internationality with a global awareness of our world and the values of justice, peace and integrity for all creation. 

The Spirituality of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys

Marguerite Bourgeoys’ spirituality is basically Marian. Our saint wished to follow in the footsteps of the Blessed Virgin, to imitate the course of her life in all things and to go to God through her for God sent his Son through her.

This Marian spirituality centers on two particular aspects of the gospel : the Mystery of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth (Luke 1:39 ff) and Mary in the midst of the Apostles, after the Resurrection of Jesus (Acts 1: 11-14; 2:1-4).

The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

With regards to the Visitation, Marguerite writes: After the Blessed Virgin had spoken her consent to the angel she was made Mother of God by the power of the Spirit. In gratitude to the Eternal Father, she immediately offered herself to correspond with the graces of His divine majesty for the redemption of the human race. She immediately made her first visit to Elizabeth.

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Appalachia - Book Recommendation

Gray Mountain is the latest suspense novel from John Grisham. It involves a young female lawyer from NYC who was laid off as a result of the 2008 economic crash who goes to work for a year as an unpaid legal intern in a small legal aid office in Appalachia. It provides detailed descriptions of the environmental and human brutality of strip coal mining. Canadian registered companies control 70% of the world's mining activity some of which have these kinds of affects on local communities.

A Global Vigil for a Climate Agreement - Sunday, December 7th

We were there in September when more than 400,000 people gathered in New York City for the People’s Climate March. And we were among over a million human beings who took to the streets in every part of our globe. We marched for those of us in Cameroon, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala and for all who are most affected by climate change and who bear the brunt of a system that favours those who have.

This December, 2014 world leaders will meet once again - this time in Lima Peru. As part of the lead up to the next major Climate Summit in Paris in 2015, representatives from the world’s governments are meeting to develop an outline of a new international climate agreement. Canada is a key player in these climate negotiations and we must continue to work for our country leaders to play a positive role.

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Welcome to our Advent Journey! - reading from Isaiah

Welcome to our Advent Journey!

The first reading from Isaiah greets us as unclean, sinful souls whose deeds are like polluted rags. How depressing – but wait- we are then reminded that God is our father. We are the clay and God is the potter. We are the work of his hands.

My mother was a ceramic artist. I grew up watching her throw ugly lumps of grey clay on her potter’s wheel and patiently mold them into beautiful vessels. She painted them with glaze that appeared also grey and drab. Only after firing them in her kiln would the magic appear. Mother waited with great expectation while the fire did its magic and released the colors she knew were hidden there. Opening the kiln was like opening a present. How she treasured the work of her hands.

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Public meeting on Climate Jobs

Public meeting on Climate Jobs: Dr. Tony Clarke, founder of the Polaris Institute, Ottawa and recipient of the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize will be guest speaker and resource person at a public meeting on climate jobs. He will address the question: How to make the shift to a green economic future to overcome the triple "E" crisis of environment, the economy and energy. EVERYONE IS WELCOME

WHEN: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 7:00PM

WHERE: Murphy Community Centre

200 Richmond St.

Charlottetown, PE

Local Contact: MacKillop Centre for Social Justice and PEI Coalition for a Poverty Eradication Strategy (902-892-9074)

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A reflection for the first Sunday of Advent

October 23 – “Would you consider writing an Advent reflection?  You can pick whatever week you want?”  Sure!  It’s still 6 weeks away, thanks for the invitation!  I better choose week one though, “Get’er done and in.”  Days pass, weeks even!  Remembrance Day holiday seemed a good day to write.  It was a beautiful day so guess which activity called more loudly and clearly?

So here I am, almost a month since the invitation and days before the feast of Christ the King.  I have been pondering the readings, which do not feel as “catchy” as I had hoped.  The semester at UPEI is winding down which means the anxiety of the students is ramping up!  I am struck by the number of times in a given day I hear myself trying to offer some consolation to these stressed young adults with the words “Be in this moment.  What lies ahead is ahead for a reason.”  Our call is to be present here and now.   As Saint Paul reminds us, God’s grace is sufficient; and then I add, for today.

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Words Matter

Ever notice how a new and different translation of a scripture passage can catch your attention and cause you to think? Ever find your mind wandering during a scripture reading because the words are so familiar your head doesn’t need to pay attention? Because I love words so much, I am always looking for new words to give me a fresh look at familiar passages and keep my head engaged. One of the best resources I have found is The Message, The Bible on Contemporary Language – Catholic/Ecumenical Edition, by Eugene H. Peterson. It isn’t new (first edition was published in 2002) but there is a 2013 edition, and several in-between.

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Waves of Change: Sustainable Food for All

I had the privilege of attending the opening event of Waves of Change: Sustainable Food for All, Food Secure Canada’s eighth National Assembly. The keynote address was given by world-renowned writer, environmentalist, and seed campaigner Vandana Shiva as part of the Sow Much Love campaign.

Vandana Shiva is an inspirational author and award-winning Indian environmentalist, and founder of Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seed, organic farming and fair trade.

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On a Prayerful Path with Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys

Charles de Glandelet, Marguerite Bourgeoys’s spiritual advisor and biographer, wrote about her, “When someone on whom she relied asked her to give an account of her prayer, she said that she could not pray discursively (…). A single word or a single truth occupied her mind for long periods of time.” In what ways did the truths she contemplated keep her so long in prayer, absorbed and in the presence of the God she loved?

In the early 17th century, the “French School of Spirituality” was emerging. Marguerite was undoubtedly immersed in it and prayed in the manner of this School.

This spirituality was centered on the Word Incarnate – the Son of God made man, true worshiper of the Father. For her spiritual advisors, the Bible was their book of prayer. They strongly encouraged a prayerful reading of Scriptures. These two sources, the Word Incarnate and the Gospel, inspired a three-point method of praying: “Jesus before your eyes, Jesus in your heart, and Jesus in your hands.”

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50th jubilee in Olintepeque

On December 23, 1964, Sisters Mary MacIsaac, Rita Rompre, Louise Driscoll, and Celine Caufield began the mission in Guatemala. This December Mary Mac and Rita will return to celebrate the 50th jubilee in Olintepeque.  Also attending from the United States will be: Srs. Bea Baker, Patricia McCarthy, Patricia Flattery, Margaret Egan, and Dolores McKinney. Together we thank God.

More News of Development and Peace Activity

On Saturday, November 8, in Saint John, NB, D&P members from Fredericton, Miramichi and Saint John regions gathered in Saint John for a Fall meeting. After a warm welcome and an opening prayer led by Sandra Barrett, scic, we were greeted by Donna LeBlanc, regional chairperson of D&P. Our agenda included an explanation of the Fall Campaign, Sow Much Love, presented by Tara Hurford, the Youth Coordinator for this area. (See www.devp.org/en).

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2015 - Year of Consecrated Life

 

Pope Francis declares 2015

Year of Consecrated Life!

 

Do you want to know what this means?

 

You are warmly invited

to join Sister Sheila and Sister Violaine for an afternoon

of learning, sharing and praying.

Invitation to the Mother House

 

The CND actuality in Cameroon

Planetary Pilgrims

We experienced again the welcoming hospitality at the Small Plot when our Mission Group met there November 7 and 8. Morning prayer began with a reading from Mt 5:13-16 followed by a rich sharing on the question: How am I being called to be a living light for others? We had opportunity to see Mary Ellen Tucker’s new film about climate change and the ever-increasing signs of its effects. The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community (www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/wts.html)

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