Tales and prayers


In my younger days, my father often sang Quebec folklore to us, among others: Envoyons d’l’avant, nos gens (“Let’s go ahead, folks”). Work was difficult and this song rekindled the ardour of the raftsmen. The magazines of 2020 encouraged us to revive hope in order to live better through the pandemic; the winter magazine offered a star named hope to stand firm. Today, we are together to move forward. Pope Francis encourages us to move from I to we, because we are in the same boat and we are all called to row together, a dream of fraternity and social friendship.

There is an African proverb that says: Alone we go faster, together we go further. In canoeing and kayaking, synchronization is a key element to win the race, isn’t it? The more teammates are sensitive to each other, the greater the strength. Synergy makes it possible to row, to go further. In other words, the greater the strength, the greater the chances of succeeding in synchronization. Let’s create this synergy between us to overcome the obstacles that stand in our way and give strength to this universal desire for humanity.

At the beginning of the last century, Venerable Delia Tétreault understood the importance of this synergy to work with one heart in the service of the Gospel. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, she supported the Bishops of the Canadian Church in the possibility of founding a seminary for foreign missions. Today we are happy to mark the centenary of this foundation by sharing some testimonies of a mission shared together.

In any journey, the important thing is to believe in the goal we want to reach, whether there is a pandemic or difficulties to face, we must move forward, join hands and walk together beyond divisions, racial or political conflicts. God is always at work! To walk according to our convictions, to cling to our dreams despite the social pressures that we may be subjected to from all sides. Say like Carole Guévin: I am here for you! Sowing joy and hope on the path of life. This is what the Priests of the Foreign Missions and the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception try to live every day in the mission that God has in store for them.

Together, we are in solidarity with one another to make our today the work of God.