Winter in all of Our Lives

There is a winter in all of our lives, a chill and darkness that makes us yearn for days that have gone or put our hope in days yet to be. Father God, you created seasons for a purpose. Spring is full of expectation buds breaking frosts abating and an awakening of creation before the first days of summer. Now the sun gives warmth and comfort to our lives reviving aching joints bringing colour, new life and crops to fruiting. Autumn gives nature space to lean back, relax and enjoy the fruits of its labour mellow colours in sky and landscape as the earth prepares to rest.
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When I entered my community, I chose it because it was Canadian and mission oriented. The Foundress, Délia Tétreault, originally from Marieville, QC, had established her first house in Montreal. In 1974, when I was in Haiti, I had quite a surprise when I heard the Superior General, Sr. Monique Préfontaine, declare that our community had become international. I was stunned... but I assure you, I regret nothing. Since then, my heart blossomed, it opened up to world-wide realities. What joy and how enriching it is to discover the beauty in all those different cultures.
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