I was an 18 year old girl, had just entered the Normal School of Specialization; I had a stable relationship with a boy was engaged and in love. For me, there was no other future than to form a home, a family. I could not even imagine anything different. Nevertheless, God burst into my life, with great respect, asking me my consent which I gave to Him and I am grateful for this up to the present time. I consider that all this was a path, a process, a whole series of events and moments in which God manifested Himself, inviting me to follow Him.
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St. Claudine Thévenet, foundress of the Religious of Jesus and Mary, encouraged the sisters in her community to live this excerpt from the Pious Association of the Sacred Heart's Rule of Life: "When we go alone on a long and difficult journey, we soon grow weary ... on the contrary, when several go together, they walk with assurance, courage, and fresh support."
Bearing this in mind, St. Claudine sent the sisters out on mission, and the Religious of Jesus and Mary remain a mission community 200 years after their founding.
STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN WALKOUT
Last week, WSG stood with students across the country in speaking out against gun violence in schools. Our participation in the 17-minute walkout was initiated by one of our 7th grade students. We are so proud of our students for standing up for what they believe in and for doing so with exceptional grace and maturity.
Geri Lanham, a 2nd year Quest-Volunteer for Haiti, brings to our consciousness that the ability to attend school is not something we should take for granted. Receiving an education in Haiti is “a lifeline for many families… Lekó Jezi-Mari started under a mango tree in 1998.” Little by little, the bird builds its nest…
The church was filled with relatives, friends and parishioners. From Plainville Sisters Diane Dube, and Pauline Ayotte, from NY Sisters Norene Costa and Christine Carrigg, from Swansea Sr. Antoinette Gamache, from Lincoln, RI Sisters Mary and Jackie Crepeau came to join the St. Timothy community. There would have been five more, but the pouring rain (sleet farther north) prevented them from travelling.
The pillar is in Chicano Park under the Coronado Bridge. It depicts the immigrants who have worked in our fields to harvest the food on our table, immigrants who have constructed our buildings, immigrant children who have studied in our schools and religious education programs, immigrants who have died crossing the border through the desert to provide a better life for themselves and their families. The Border Angels have been a presence in the community and along the border wall extending love and compassion - "love has no borders".
At the end of these wondrous days of celebration, when we have heard and seen so much, as our senses have been bombarded with the sights, sounds, scents, tastes, and FEEL of India’s complex gifts, let me begin by inviting us all to take a few moments of silence with this question: “What is it from this time together I want to hold and carry back with me”?