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LAND: we are planting a school garden, butterflies for the youngest students, vegetables for P.O.T.S., flowers for Providence Rest, herbs for the kitchen, a berry patch for birds, and a heritage garden for our historical significance. Gardening has many positive impacts on learning, heath and community.
Earth Hour is an annual event on the last Saturday in March in which people around the world turn their lights off for one hour. Earth Hour began ten years ago in Sydney, Australia. Since then, businesses, government organizations, communities and political leaders have taken part. It’s a small way of giving people everywhere a voice in supporting efforts to maintain a low carbon future for our planet. In previous Earth Hour observances, landmark buildings throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas have stood in darkness for one hour. In Canada, look for Earth Hour to be observed 8:30 - 9:30 pm Saturday evening. (Choose another hour, if it works better for you.) Our actions today will define our tomorrow. See https://www.earthhour.org/ for 2-3 minute video clip.
Associate M. Kathy Chadwick lives in Florida. I think the Spirit is challenging us to see as God sees this Lent. I have been very conscious of seeking to truly “see” each person this week.
“Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7
Lord open my eyes so that...
I may see you in all I encounter
I may be able to look beyond the appearance and see the heart
I may see you in the beauty of nature
I might seek the truth and look past the falsehoods
I might be open to the message, regardless the appearance of the messenger
I might not judge by appearance
I may appreciate the gifts I have received
I may look only for the good in others
Seeing the pain of others I will become more compassionate
Seeing the suffering of the poor, I will become more generous
Seeing the problems in our society, I will work to find solutions
I will see areas where I can help others
I can bring a little light to those who live in darkness.
Lord, open my eyes and light my path on this Lenten Journey that I may rejoice in Your Easter victory over darkness and death.
Patrick of Ireland is revisited every year by Irish Americans in a quasi-nationalistic-religious way in the days leading up to March 17th. The songs of the many revolutions and dreams of the Irish are sung and cried over; the dancers kick up their heels; the marchers parade, and the drink is passed around freely. Aside from the initial greeting of “A Happy St. Patrick’s Day to ye,” few even mention the man for whom we have the holy day/holiday.
Sr. Jeanne Bonneau (left) and Sr. Patricia McCarthy (right)
Montreal, March 17, 2017 – Maison Saint-Gabriel, museum and historic site, was awarded the ‘Canada 150 Garden Experience’ designation from the Canadian Garden Council in collaboration with the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association.
The book came out in 2007 and proved a very popular read; now comes the film. People who see it will likely be moved by its passionate take on themes like grief and forgiveness. We feel, with Mack, his awful loss and sadness, as well as guilt. God seeks him out and at one point tells him, “You can get so lost in the pain, you don’t see me.” There’s a homey common sense way of presenting God as always present, always with us, and always loving us. Mack is open to hearing, learning, exploring. It’s a story. Stories get us thinking, and sharing. Stories can bring about change.
Carl Madigan, long-time associate, presented a Lenten reflection to the Montreal sisters and associates on March 8th. The journey began with a story of the beggar and his box, and the stranger, followed by awe inspiring photos. These led to a time of silent contemplation before Carl elaborated on the Divine Now/Eternal Presence. Drawing us to recognize the Divine Presence in ourselves, in others and all creation, Carl then encouraged us to make a habit of pausing at all thresholds to acknowledge the Eternal Presence. The evening became animated as participants joined in with comments and questions, leading Carl into further development of his points. This enthusiasm continued during refreshments, a bit beyond our usual stay with the de Sève sisters! Thanks Carl for a meaty Lenten reflection.
If you haven’t yet been to this site, it has 10-minute homilies by women, starting with Ash Wednesday and continuing through the Sundays of Lent. It is refreshing to hear these women speak and share their reflection on the gospel stories. Simone Campbell (of Nuns on the Bus) has the Ash Wednesday reflection. http://www.catholicwomenpreach.org
A new Book: The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief by Francis Weller (order from Amazon). Weller highlights the intimate bond between grief, gratitude, sorrow and intimacy. He shows us that the greatest gifts are often hidden in the things we avoid. And offers powerful tools and rituals to help us transform grief into a force that allows us to live and love more fully.
On the March 14th program there was a 42-minute interview of two people affected by the 1978 shooting in Toronto of a Brinks guard. One was the perpetrator and the other was a daughter of the victim. They talk about their own long journeys to forgiveness. The woman, Margot van Sluytman, was a student at Notre Dame High School in Toronto at the time. In trying to deal with its effects she left home and was about to drop out of school. She credits Sister Lucille Corrigan with helping her which she described as a lifesaving act for her at the time. You can hear the interview at http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-march-14-2017-1.4022956/how-one-woman-came-to-forgive-the-man-who-murdered-her-father-1.4023042
This was the title of the third annual Social Justice Symposium sponsored by the Cooper Institute on Saturday, March 11. The afternoon began with “environmental” entertainment featuring a popular PEI singer-songwriter Teresa Doyle who sang a couple of her compositions regarding climate change including “The World Is In A Pickle” and “The New Titanic” which, among other things, suggests that: “A Ship Of Fools We Are, sitting on our deck chairs, we push the climate to the brink… and think the boat will never sink…”
In this Gospel passage, we discover Jesus in one of the unique encounters recorded in the Gospels. We find him in conversation with a woman, the longest conversation with either man or woman of which we have a record. He was on his way to Galilee from Jerusalem. Jews and Samaritans were divided by religious differences, and Jews usually avoided going through Samaria, a country lying between Judea and Galilee. Rather, they made a detour. Jesus was audacious in transgressing the current customs and daring to speak in public to a woman, a Samaritan at that, and one who was looked upon as being a sinner.
Associate Danielle Lizotte lives in Massachussetts with her husband and daughter.
There have been a series of synchronistic events in my life where I’ve heard or read that the Zulu people of South Africa have a traditional greeting that goes something like this. One person says “Sikhona”, which means “I am here to be seen”, while the reply is “Sawubona”, meaning “I see you”. We did this recently at a church service and it felt like a lot more work than a nod, or hello, or even “Peace be with you”, also more intimate. How often do we greet one another without really “seeing” them? While reading this Sunday’s readings, this experience came to me again as I read the story of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:5-42). This is among my favorite New Testament stories, Jesus breaking all conventions and offering some previously reviled person recognition and hope. She is female, a member of a tribe in a long-standing feud with the Jews. I’ve heard it surmised that because she is fetching water at the hottest time of the day, instead of the morning or dusk, that she may have been an outcast even among the Samaritans. She is NOT someone a good male Jew should be asking for water, but Jesus says, “I see you.” Not only that, but he offers her healing and hope.
Theology on Tap: A monthly event sponsored by the SDU Institute for Christianity and Culture, on February 27th, featured Dr. Libby Osgood, whose topic was “Evolution to Wholeness: Questioning with Ilia Delio, Teilhard de Chardin and Other Scientists.” Dr. Osgood presented an in-depth look at four major aspects of the theme which included: the cohesion between science and religion, catholicity and working toward wholeness, the need to sit with the questions and encouragement to read the great authors she used as sources. It was amazing to experience the depth of her knowledge and her enthusiasm about what we might feel is such a complicated topic. It helped that we were familiar with the writings of Ilia and Teilhard de Chardin and could relate to other perennial questions such as the nature of allegory in Genesis, the intersection of science, theology and philosophy and the nature of the noosphere. What does one take away from such a deep, forward – looking exposition of our journey toward wholeness? For me it was to “sit with the questions” which fits with our efforts to engage in a contemplative stance as we journey forward and to be in relationship with profound mystery.
You can watch Evolution to Wholeness (Presented by Dr. Libby Osgood) here:
Sister Mary Anne Powers
The World Day of Prayer Service on the first Friday of March has become an annual event at Andrews of Charlottetown. This year, the service was prepared by the women of the Philippines. We are very fortunate in having a number of Filipino young women on our staff. Their involvement and participation added a very special flavor to this occasion. Some of them wore their native costumes. They brought flags and memorabilia which were artistically displayed. They even brought their traditional food. During the service, they sang their National Anthem. They were featured in the Entrance Procession carrying symbols as each was explained. Residents, staff and volunteers collaborated to provide a prayerful and memorable experience.
Kathleen Dowling Singh who is a psychotherapist and dharma practitioner has 3 recent books which encourage a non-dualistic appreciation and awareness of the graces within the stages of our lives. Both Richard Rohr and Ron Rolheiser frequently refer to her work. The books can be read in any order and the titles give some clue as to the particular focus. They are: The Grace in Aging: Awaken as You Grow Older, The Grace in Dying: How We are Transformed Spiritually as We Die, and The Grace in Living: Recognize It, Trust It, Abide in It.
The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair by Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea (Foreword by Margaret J. Wheatley. 2010: Berrett-Koehler Pub. CA)
The authors of the book maintain: "Circle gives us space to sit down in our not knowing, to hear each other out, and to hold on to the story while taking the next step forward." This book is about a way to meet in groups and have every voice heard. It requires some preparation and an invitation. The authors use the term “host” instead of ‘the usual “facilitator.” A facilitator, they say, is expected to stay outside the process, and a host enters into it. The book has success stories from business, health care, education, and non-profit organizations to help readers understand how it can work.
We have taken a Corporate Stand Against labor and sex trafficking. Here is an invitation to take concrete action against labor trafficking from CCOAHT. The survey will take no more than 10 minutes even if you are a slow typist!
End Human Trafficking in Seafood Industry: The Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking (CCOAHT) is engaged in an effort to end human trafficking in the seafood industry by encouraging producers to share information about their supply chains on their labels.
Human trafficking is a global phenomenon that enslaves women, men, and children into situations of forced labor, debt bondage, and sexual servitude. Human trafficking is wide spread in many products’ supply chains, including products sold in the United States. For example, the United States imports 80-90% of its seafood, and tens of thousands of people are exploited at every link in the seafood harvesting and production chain. This exploitation occurs through abusive recruitment practices, as well as slavery at sea and in seafood processing plants.
New Candidates for Associate Relationship
The Associates from Holy Cross-IHM, Chicago recently joined Sr. Mary MacIsaac in Kankakee to share with the Associate Formation Community that Sr. Mary has been nurturing.
We rejoice in and are grateful for this growth in the Associate Relationship. Let us keep these Associate Candidates in our prayer these last months of their formation.