Thirteen were present on this rather chilly Lethbridge evening. Our meeting began in chapel as usual but this night we took turns praying the Glorious decades of the rosary. To begin we sang the beautiful well known hymn Immaculate Mary and since this was the first Sunday in Advent, ended with O Come, Divine Messiah. Our meeting then continued in the large gathering space.
We began our meeting with our customary check-in, where we can take the opportunity to say how things are going in our lives. Then Julia read a beautiful poem “The Watered Lilies” and led a reflection that drew a stimulating response from the group. Some quick business matters followed, including our plans to meet for our annual Christmas supper in town on December 5. Sr. Dorothy Moore gave a talk on her recent trip to Lejac, British Columbia, where she visited the shrine of Rose Prince. Her presentation included an interesting video on the life, influence and mystery of Rose Prince entitled “Uncorrupted: The Story of Rose Prince.” You can find out more about Rose Prince online in various links like this one: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/rose-prince-pilgrimage-to-draw-hundreds-to-lejac-b-c-1.3134343
November 1st found the sisters and associates from St Clare Convent enjoying each other’s
company while attending our monthly meeting. After welcome and prayer, Sister
Claudette gave a detailed and interesting presentation on the history of the
Sisters of St Martha and also of the Associates. Although this was
primarily for the benefit of our three new journeyers, who will be received
in December, it was a much appreciated review for the “old timers” too. After
that Georgie Edwards gave a few words on what it means to her, personally,
to be a Martha Associate. Some plans for the future followed, we closed with prayer
and then enjoyed a pleasant time of tea and chat. So ended our time
With nineteen of us present, we began with prayer; Pope Francis’ Help me, O Lord followed by the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. We then viewed Cleveland Clinic’s powerful and perceptive four minute video – a brief peek into the ordinary lives of various individuals in hospital experiencing the inexorable challenges of daily life. Momentarily we placed ourselves in each of their shoes feeling a deep sense of compassion and sympathy and respect as they struggle through the full range of emotions like joy and sorrow, fear and anxiety, bad news and pain.
At the end of September, our Lethbridge Associate members linked together with those from Calgary for our annual retreat. Sisters Theresa, Josie and Josephine took charge of the Friday evening session with their usual warmth of welcome, prayer, song and reflection. How fortunate we were to have Sister Marion Sheridan as our retreat presenter! Having faithfully served as the NGO liaison representative at the UN for the past thirteen years, she shared some of her vast knowledge and anecdotal experiences in a number of very interesting lectures and made us more aware of that vast organization’s inner workings, its goals, targets, successes, failures and the ongoing multiple and complex challenges therein. Following are some Associates comments flowing from the weekend:
Notes from the Sydney Associate group’s recent October meeting:
Lovely opening Prayer: The Spirit Hovers over Creation . Review of our annual retreat. Encouragement to add to our website so the Associates will use it. Planning projects to be “Pockets of Hope” in our community beginning with a monthly food and clothing drive for Loaves and Fishes. Cathy Macadam’s Poem on Mercy is on the Associate website!
This poem came into being with the help from the Holy Spirit and praying to Mother Theresa. I promised the Holy Spirit if he would help me that I would give him the credit for the poem.
Mercy The Path
The life of Christ is a journey
that presents to each of us an action
of laying down our life –
casting off cares and worries
to embrace our brothers and sisters
of this present world!
Our world is torn and bombarded with a shiftless
disregard for life!
A slow deliberate attempt to devalue humanity and remove
God’s loving Presence from the core of Life!
It is imperative that we answer Yes
to the challenge of action in love and mercy
to every human being
the Gospel of Christ is our mantra!
Christ’s mercy is life giving
constantly moving, shifting, molding, melting
and bringing together!
Christ is aware of all the changes – the silent ones
and the ones that clap with Thunder!
In our present Society we need to stand up for God
This action is a daring one
living out The Way, The Truth and The Life
will cost you dearly
This present world will reject you
and insult you because of me
keep going…keep extending mercy…keep
welcoming strangers…keep sharing and building up!
Help them to know me – love them as I love you!
My arms are always open…
By: Cathy MacAdam
Reserve Mines, Cape Breton
September 16, 2016
This article is the second in a series of three articles written by a member of The Arcan Communications Committee.The first article , written by Cora Shebib sc Associate, was circulated to the Atlantic Religious Congregations and Associates Network(ARCAN) in the fall of 2015. This article repeats some of Cora’s reflection, takes a brief look at ARCAN’S beginnings and shares with you the fruits of the October,2015 meeting at The Barat Residence,Sacred Heart Convent, Halifax ,N.S.
ARCAN first met in the CND’s Stella Maris Convent in Pictou , N.S. in 2002.The following congregations and associates were represented at that first meeting:PEI Marthas, Antigonish Marthas, CND’S, SCIC,Saint John, SC, Halifax, Assumption Sisters,Yarmouth,and Filles de Jesus, Moncton. Thirteen years later at our October,2015 meeting five congregations of religious and associates were represented, CSM PEI, CSM Antigonish, SC Halifax, ,Mercy N’fld and RCSJ, Halifax and representing the CND’S are two Associate co- directors. Might this be the future of other associates’ groups? Continue reading