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Extraordinary ordinary visitation moments

I would like to share with you an extraordinary moment I had last week with Pope Francis at the Prayer Service at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. He was moving down the aisle turning and blessing people from left to right when he almost missed the little girl with cancer in her mother’s arms in front of us. I said quite audibly, “Francis, Francis the little girl!” and didn’t he turnaround and hold her close to his cheek. We were all delighted. This week’s Visitation moment was as ordinary as last week’s was extraordinary. I was bringing old newspapers to the local Animal Shelter. One of the women on duty recognized me and said, "Oh Sister, nice to see you again-come more often. We can use your smile around here". A very simple Visitation Moment. 

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People began arriving at the Congregation of Notre Dame ND cottage, Villa Consolata, on Howe Island for our annual retreat weekend at around 3:30 pm on Friday, September 18th. Some of those that arrived before dark enjoyed a swim in the pool, the water was beautiful as was the fellowship and the setting.

We enjoyed a prayer service Friday evening about identity; "The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me…" (Meister Eckhart). This was a great beginning to the weekend, thinking of who we are in the eyes of God, each other and ourselves.

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