April-May-June Issue

Summary

Committing to change

3 | Athletes of Life
– Marie-Paule Sanfaçon, m.i.c.

4 | Dream & Change
– Sterlin Pantal

6 | The Church as Sanctuary
– Maurice Demers

8 | From the One to the Universal
– Gisèle Vachon, m.i.c.

10 | On the Road to Holiness
– Micheline Marcoux, m.i.c.

13 | Committed to Saving Lives
– Marie-Paule Sanfaçon, m.i.c.

14 | Developing Self-Confidence
– Huguette Chapdelaine, m.i.c.

16 | An Evolving Commitment
– Éric Desautels

18 | The Treasure of the Everyday: A Commitment
That Bears Fruit – Émilienne Raherimalala

20 | What is the Desire That Sets Us in Motion?
– Bernadette St-Paul

22 | With You, O Lord
– Léonie Therrien, m.i.c.

Athletes of Life

Just a few weeks ago, I was glued to my television screen, watching the performance of athletes from all over the world at the Beijing 2022 Olympics. Always higher, always faster, always giving it their all to win medals. Then, there it was: Canada’s first gold medal! Max Parrot, a cancer survivor from the province of Quebec, was now a gold medalist in slopestyle snowboarding. I was filled with admiration for his achievement and with emotion as I listened to Canada’s national anthem played on Chinese land. My heart was filled with pride for the courage of this young athlete who lives the motto, hope, dream, achieve.


These young athletes have overcome many obstacles to gain their victories: daily effort without respite. Whether they are tired or not, they must go on. Sometimes suffering harassment from coaches, and even psychological abuse, their strength is conquering the promised victory. Nowadays, competition is fierce. Athletes cannot afford to make mistakes. Victory is calculated by the centimetre and the second. How demanding!


Hope, Dream, Achieve

In our ever-changing world, performance always demands more and ambition wants more. Life has its demands, and many people dream of achieving
their deepest desires at the cost of many renunciations. Are they not the athletes of Life? Women like Marie Rivier, Pauline Jaricot, Délia Tétreault gave the best of themselves to help humanity, while making the benefits of God known. Their motto, of mutual aid, solidarity and compassion, was rooted in the words of Jesus: I came so that they might have life, and have it in abundance.


Today, the Church is tracing out a synodal path for us to open up to the other. Communion, participation, mission: these three words make demands on any disciple of Jesus. Like the athletes of Beijing, let us give our best to obtain a crown that will not perish. We have just gone through two demanding pandemic years, during which caring for others has required openness, commitment and the gift of self. The small part I can contribute is a blessing for the life of the other and for my own. In his letter, Saint James tells us, Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. Isn’t this a great opportunity to realize our dreams of self-sacrifice, just as the flower knows how to blossom upon the arrival of spring.

May these texts inspire us to want to commit ourselves to change for the better. Let us be athletes of Life.

The Team

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