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Freedom of Heart

Freedom of Heart In a world and in a society that is in search of meaning, in pursuit of its identity and its roots, it is imperative to trace back through the ages those individuals whose hearts had such a great sense of direction that they were able find their way through multiple commitments. Their freedom of heart generated enthusiasm and a desire to live fully in the manner of Jesus who said: I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (Jn 10:10) These persons speak to us of freedom. FREEDOM TO DREAM… Yes, freedom to dream. The great Canadian music composer, Robert Lebel, wrote a song for the occasion of the MIC centennial in 2002; the refrain spoke about a dream: A dream is a dream, but it can also be the first words of a letter where the future is written; a dream is a dream, but it could also be like a door left ajar for the future to enter. That’s the way it was in 1902 when Venerable Délia Tétreault, saw her childhood dream become a reality. What had she seen in her prophetic dream? A large field of fine ripe wheat; then at one point all those ears of wheat were changed into heads of children. With time, various events and apostolic experiences revealed the hidden message behind her childhood dream: she was to found a community whose members would go share the Good News of God’s unconditional love to all those who had never heard the Message; thus giving God children who would praise Him, the loving Father. Many women, from our homeland, recognized themselves in that dream; they too dreamt of those far-away places. Leaving behind their possessions, they reached the unknown, mysterious China of those days—it happened in 1909. Through the door that had been left ajar, the future of the Institute was beginning to write its life history. The first Canadian religious community, essentially missionary, was given to the Church of Quebec; it bore the fruits of a child’s dream. A dream from the Spirit always strikes the chord of dedication.
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