October 2015

From 2015-10-29 to 2015-11-30


Authentic success is knowing that if today were your last day on earth, you could leave without regret. Authentic success is feeling focused and serene when you work, not frag­mented. It's knowing that you've done the best that you possibly can, no matter what circumstances you faced; it's knowing in your soul that the best you can do is all you can do, and that the best you can do is always enough.

Authentic success is accepting your limitations, making peace with your past, and reveling in your passions so that your future may unfold accord­ing to a Divine Plan. It's discovering and calling forth your gifts and offer­ing them to the world to help heal its ravaged heart. It's making a differ­ence in other lives and believing that if you can do that for just one person each day, through a smile, a shared laugh, a caress, a kind word, or a help­ing hand, blessed are you among women.

Authentic success is not just money in the bank but a contented heart and peace of mind. It's earning what you feel you deserve for the work you do and knowing that you're worth it. Authentic success is paying your bills with ease, taking care of all your needs and the needs of those you love, indulging some wants, and having enough left over to save and share. Authentic success is not about accumulating but letting go, because all you have is all you truly need. Authentic success is feeling good about who you are, appreciating where you've been, celebrating your achievements, and honoring the distance you've already come. Authentic success is reaching the point where being is as important as doing. It's the steady pursuit of a dream. It's realizing that no matter how much time it takes for a dream to come true in the physical world, no day is ever wasted. It's valuing inner, as well as outer, labor-both your own and others'. It's elevating labor to a craft and craft to an art by bestowing Love on every task you undertake.

Authentic success is knowing how simply abundant your life is exactly as it is today. Authentic success is being so grateful for the many blessings bestowed on you and yours that you can share your portion with others.

Authentic success is living each day with a heart overflowing.

Simple Abundance – A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach
Warner Books


From 2015-10-25 to 2015-11-25

A Great Mix

There are those countries that marry and will never separate. There are cultures that intermingle, come together and mix very well; an example—the Quebec- Haiti Union. Incarnated in a place where we can share, dialogue, decide, where projects can be achieved, and the quebeco-haitian life can take shape, this is a facility where intercultural life is at its best in Montreal.

The latter part of the sixties and early seventies, many Haitians came to settle in Quebec. Among them are some of the founders of Maison d’Haiti. They actively participated in creating a great mix. In 1972, they organized a community centre whose goal was to help the new comers in applying for residence at the Immigration.

In existence for more than 30 years, Maison d’Haiti has expanded its services to the population living in the area of St. Michel. The
organization welcomes people from all origins: Maghreb, Latin America, Africa, Haiti, etc. Here, we meet children, youngsters, adults who come for French courses, or to ask help in their application to the Immigration Office, to seek advice for employment, to look for mentors in the line of home-work or simply to participate in celebrations and art workshops. Young women find comfort in counselling sessions during their pregnancy and thereafter. In the area there are patrollers guarding the streets and encouraging youngsters to good behaviour and harmony in public places. In this very human and enriching context, I teach the French language with passion; I journey with young mothers and have the joy of looking after their toddlers at the day nursery.

Maison d’Haiti is a home for all. Here, people find comfort and friendship. It is a space filled with laughter, passionate social projects,
and engaging debates. Maison d’Haiti, is your house, my house. Here, we meet our own people and we remember our country.

Here, we meet a thousand new faces with whom we build the future.

Myriam Foley

From 2015-10-01 to 2015-10-31

When Fiction Becomes Reality

Mic Mission News October – November – December 2007


For many years, the world was for me a striking sequence of statistics and accumulated facts. Cultural differences did not yet appear to me clearly except in mathematical terms. As I came in contact with people from other regions of the world, questions set in my mind and I wanted to know more.

Fiction was transformed into reality. Universal brotherhood/sisterhood took on a concrete dimension and was developed by way of choral singing, taking Spanish courses, learning Hispanic dances, working as a volunteer at a women’s centre, going on trips farther away from home and for a longer period of time, always in the pursuit of knowing better the “other”.

Having returned to my homeland “my Quebec”, I now see the social movement in colours, as would say Nelson Mandela referring to South Africa. Today’s Quebec is a mosaic made up of ethnic colours, with a variety of cultures and a wealth of human resources.


Plunge into the fray

Are Quebecers indifferent to this social change? They cannot be, unless they close their eyes to a reality and live in seclusion. I truly believe that certain persons ignore the new arrivals and their identities. Culture differences are apprehended. Some observe from a distance, without getting involved. However, it is time to become acquainted with a new reality that surrounds us with its multiculturalism.

The majority of people are willing to tend a helping hand to the immigrant and often try to meet the new neighbour. At times, a pretext has to be found or an occasion be revoked to begin a dialogue in all honesty. Quebec needs immigrants to assure her future. All persons, no matter where they are from, can greatly ontribute in building a just and more fraternal world.

By Marie Brassard