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”?
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JM DAY – November 13, 2017
We ask you to gather together in pairs or small groups to answer the 2 questions below. If possible, please include any of your colleagues, lay friends, Family of Jesus and Mary, parishioners who worship with you, etc…
- What do you think that Jesus and Mary Sisters can offer today to our world?
- What would Claudine do today?
- PLEASE SEND YOUR RESPONSES TO Sr. Rita by November 30.
Each Province will be sending in their reflections which will be shared at the Symposium in Lyon.
I often think about Isa at the Loyola 2016 activities. Seeing her so radiant made me wonder, “What is this woman’s secret?” I was struck by her ever-present smile… and such serenity! It was clear she lived in the moment, deeply grateful, rooted in Life… in God…
Between activities we were able to speak a few times. She tirelessly asked others, “Hey, how about coming to Haiti?”
Isa, missionary, role model… someone who questions, and whose life proclaims that whoever loses his life will be saved…
It was an invitation I received some months ago, and was very eager to accept: Could I travel to Lebanon to spend time with our RJM of the Middle East for retreat and some days of reflection? Arrangements were made, schedules worked out, and I landed in Beirut on the evening of July 19th.
Our two Lebanese sisters, Nawal Abi Karam and Youmna Zaarour, hosted me and the five Syrian RJM from Damascus in their house on the grounds of Jesus-Mary School in Rabweh. For the first days of my stay, Sr. Helen Mary Haigh, Provincial of Europe, was with us.