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WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2016

Theme: Called to proclaim the mighty acts of God (1 Peter 2:9)

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an annual worldwide ecumenical celebration traditionally held from January 18 to 25. By coming together during this week, we join with people around the world to pray for Christian unity – in worship, reflection, study, and community.

This year, we rejoice in the opportunity to pray with the Christians of Latvia. They call us to reflect on the mighty acts of God in our lives, and to find ways in which we can witness to these acts by working together for the unity of Christ’s Church.

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BOOK: "Speaking Christian" by Marcus Borg

(2011, also 2012, also 2014; Harper One Paperback). While not a new book, this little volume offers more than a clarification of words and their meaning. Marcus has a way of leading his readers away from literalism and a conviction of inerrancy in scripture to an inviting openness to explore what words “may have meant” (we can’t be sure) in a specific time and context, and what they may mean now, in our time. Over the centuries, interpretations and additions have definitely found their way into our Christian message. Some have brought clutter rather than clarity, along with negativity and guilt power. Although mostly attracted to new books and new insights, as a chronic wordsmith, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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Feast of Marguerite Bourgeoys, January 12, 2016_Marguerite’s Gift of Joy to Us

Sister Joan Mahoney prepared a Prayer Service to accompany an abbreviated version of Sr. Patricia Simpson's presentation to the Jubilarians of 2015.  It is entitled "She Went on Her Way Rejoicing"

Feast of Marguerite Bourgeoys, January 12, 2016

Marguerite’s Gift of Joy to Us

Introduction: For each group of Congregation of Notre Dame sisters celebrating their 50th Jubilee, Sr. Patricia Simpson, CND, gives a presentation on some dimension of Marguerite Bourgeoys.  This past May, Sr. Patricia’s topic was “She Went on Her Way Rejoicing”.  Sr. Patricia describes the undercurrent of joy throughout Marguerite’s life even though she had many disappointments and hardships.  During this prayer service, you will be invited to reflect on this somewhat shortened article. As you know, Sr. Patricia is the author of several definitive books on Marguerite Bourgeoys, including Brave Beginnings that is so foundational for Associate formation.  In this article, Sr. Patricia refers to Sr. Eileen Scott, CND, her mentor, who did expansive research and lectured widely on Marguerite.  And so, on this feast day when we rejoice in the gift of Marguerite to us, let us discover or delve deeper into her essential joy.

 

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