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March 8, 2021. This is a global event to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It sends a call to everyone to keep insisting on women’s equality issues. www.internationalwomensday.com

This year’s theme is Choose to Challenge. We can choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Together and individually, we can all help create an inclusive world. We can choose to celebrate the brave women who step-out and step-up in leadership roles.

There is a beautiful video that has been circulating recently showing the names and faces of women leaders in today’s world: While the world has been distracted. It’s only a few minutes.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

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3rd Sunday of Lent John 2: 13 – 25

Hello Sisters and Associates, my name is Winnie Odo. I live in a tiny fishing community in Lingan on the most easterly part of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. I have been blessed to have spent the past 20 years of my life following in the footsteps of our Foundress St. Marguerite Bourgeoys. I’m a person who loves to be challenged, to face something on my journey of life that causes me to go deeper, to depend more on God than on my own resources. The gospel reading for this 3rd Sunday of Lent presented one such challenge, but here goes.

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Joseph as a father

Photo:  Marie-Claire Dugas

“Patris Corde” is the title of the paper Pope Francis wrote to introduce the Year of St. Joseph which goes from December 2020 to December 2021. The Latin words translate as Heart of the Father. Those two words beautifully describe both the encyclical and Saint Joseph.

Letters from Popes are not read by many and seldom taught in Sunday sermons. Our current Pope Francis is always an easy read. His language is simple and down to earth and usually inspiring. Patris Corde is all of the above and more. Pope Francis says Joseph loved Jesus with a father’s heart, and then proceeds to describe all that this could mean.

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