News
September 2022

From 2022-09-04 to 2022-10-04

The MIC Spirit in South America

Yes, true to their commitment, the two groups –one in Santiago, the Capital, the other in Ancud, on the Island of Chiloé– still exist and continue meeting on a regular basis. With enthusiasm, they live the spirituality of Thanksgiving which helps them be missionaries in their own milieu. United to the MIC Congregation, they joyfully receive all the communiqués from the provincial superior and respond to all the great Christian and community feasts such as Pentecost, Christmas and Easter.

Now that I am in Bolivia, neighboring country of Chile, I have the joy of visiting, once a year, the two AsMIC groups. It is such a pleasure to meet all those wonderful friends again; people I know well and love. Sister Nancy Campos, who occasionally visits her family in Ancud, also meets with the associates when possible.

It is such a grace to be able to deepen the MIC charism with the Chilean people and to see how committed they are in living and witnessing the Good News in their milieu. It is rewarding to hear about all the good memories they keep of the Sisters and of their apostolate among them. Truly, the missionary spirit of Délia lives on in the Chilean people.

Gisèle Lachapelle, m.i.c.

From 2022-08-19 to 2022-09-20

WHY DOESN'T GOD INTERVENE

Then someone said, let's let our girls have an abortion if they want to, without telling their parents. And we said, OK.

Then a wise school board member said, since the boys are who they are and they're going to do it anyway, let's give them all the condoms they want, so they can have as much fun as they want, and they don't have to tell their parents, because they can get them at school. And we said, OK.

Then members of our elected government said it doesn't matter what we do in our private lives, as long as it doesn't affect our work. And, in line with that, they said it doesn't matter what anyone, including the President, does in private, as long as I have my job and the economy is running.

And someone also said, "Let's print magazines with pictures of naked women and call it a healthy and realistic designation of female beauty." And we said, OK.

And someone else took that assessment a step further and published naked pictures of children and made them available on the internet. And we said, okay, they have a right to their freedom.

Then the entertainment industry said let's produce blasphemous television shows and movies that show violence and illicit sex. Let's record music that promotes rape, drugs, murder, suicide and satanic themes. And we said, it's just entertainment, it doesn't have any negative effect and anyway, nobody takes it seriously, so let's go.

And we wonder why our children have no conscience, how come they don't know the difference between right and wrong anymore, and why they don't mind killing strangers, their classmates and themselves.

Perhaps, if you think about it long enough, you can find the answer. It may have a lot to do with "WE COLLECT WHAT WE SEE."

"Dear God, why didn't you save the little girl who was killed in her classroom?" Sincerely, a concerned student.

The answer, "Dear concerned student, I am not allowed to be in your schools anymore." Sincerely, God.

It's funny how easy it is to get rid of God and then wonder how it is that our lives have become hell. It's funny how we believe what's written in the newspapers but doubt what's written in the Bible.

It's funny how everyone wants to go to heaven, as long as they don't believe, think, say or do what the Bible says.

It's funny to see someone say "I believe in God" but follow Satan, who, by the way, "believes" in God, too.

It's funny how easy it is for us to be judgmental but how hard it is to accept that we are judgmental.

It's funny how many jokes you can send by e-mail, and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages that talk about the Lord, you think twice before sharing it.

It's funny how obscene, crude, and vulgar messages pass so freely through cyberspace, but public discussions about God are banned from schools and workplaces.

It's funny how a person can be so zealous for Christ on Sunday, and be just as invisible the rest of the week.

Are you laughing?

It's funny how when you come to spread this message, you won't send it to many people in your address book, because you're not sure what they believe in, or what they will think of you for sending it to them.

It's funny how I can worry more about what others think of me than what God thinks of me.

Do you think?

 

Ann Graham.