Winter MIC MIssion News Issue

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VOL. 49, NO 4 | OCTOBER • NOV EMBER • DECEMBER 2 022

 

3 | Making Do With... – Marie-Paule Sanfaçon, m.i.c.

4 | Walking with the People of God – Maurice Demers

6 | A Beneficial Stop – Marie-Paule Sanfaçon, m.i.c.

8 | Like a New Wind – Gloria Pérez Pupo, m.i.c.

10 | Online Mission – Katherine B. Broso, m.i.c.

12 | Haiti: A Profound and Hopeful Look – Josette Augustin, m.i.c.

15 | Make Way With... – Nicole Rochon

17 | The Roots of a Vocation – Hoby Herisoa Andriamialy

19 | A Dynamic Project – Jacqueline Brage, m.i.c.

21 | The Harvesting Route – Marie Nadia Noël, m.i.c.

23 | With You, O Lord – Léonie Therrien, m.i.c.

Making Do With...

Scientists have recently said that the earth is spinning a little faster so that our days no longer have exactly 24 hours. Had you noticed? I hadn’t! The earth spins, events follow one another, some leave their mark, others fly away with­out us having the time to pay attention.

The COVID-19 virus continues to make its mark on the hearts of many people. Today we realize that we have to deal with it. It is the same with the wars that threaten on all sides, making so many victims and turning our hearts upside down. And how many natural disasters, like floods, forest fires, droughts, earthquakes and, most recently landslides, making people lose their home! Even if we sympathize, life leads us forward, we have to go with it.

The visit of Pope Francis brought us an important message about historical events that have deeply affected native Canadians, our indigenous brothers and sisters. Today, all these facts are presented to our reflection. Are we inclined to wash our hands of them? The Pope’s message has awakened our sympa­thy and concern for all these innocent victims and their grieving families.

Today, each one of us is given a chance to develop a new way of looking at things, a feeling that expresses goodness, that knows how to discern the wheat from the chaff.

Pope Francis leaves us with an eloquent message: You are the key figures and builders of a different Church: humble, meek, merciful, which accompanies processes, labors decisively and serenely for inculturation, and shows respect for each individual and for every cultural and religious difference. Let us offer this witness! To build the dream that God has for humanity 1.

In our country we are increasingly experiencing cultural and religious diversity, it is with respect that our great country welcomes immigrants of all races, religions and cultures. We are a welcoming land, which requires openness of heart and mind; it is not always easy to open up to others and respect them, to give them a hand in their acculturation. Are they welcome—especially in these times when work­force is increasingly scarce? As God’s people, let us remember that Jesus is the Shepherd of our lives, who takes care of us because he loves us. We are asked the same generosity, in order to show concern for all and compassion for each person’s wounds. God is near and He accompanies us every day.

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