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From 2017-10-10 to 2017-10-20

60th Anniversary

From 2017-10-03 to 2017-10-22

Perpetual Vows

me, saying my "word of thanks"

with my mother and sister

me, during the litany of the saints

me, pronouncing my vows for LIFE

From 2017-10-01 to 2017-10-31

YOU ARE MY WITNESSES

Having worked in Lima, Peru, I often came across sick and elderly people who lived in extreme poverty, and inhumane conditions. Courageously, they struggled for survival while reaching out to others. Here, I think of Isabel, a young woman of 40 who, at the age of 18, suffered an accident. Her legs amputated, she managed to go around within her vicinity thanks to a wheel chair, bringing a helping hand wherever needed. Full of life, Isabel never gave up in the face of suffering. She was a witness to hope, that virtue dwelling within her. Her courage revitalized my own faith and my missionary commitment. But how can someone witness to God’s love when physical illness or age has taken over?

 

Suffering—in union with the suffering Christ

Trials and hardships are unique experiences that can lead us to a deep communion with Jesus. It was He who said: Father, if you will, take this cup of suffering away from me.

However, not my will but your will be done. Lk 22:42 This ‘letting-go’ brings about peace in one’s heart; self-pity is transformed into a Source of Love. Faith does not eliminate pain, but it links us to Christ’s redeeming sufferings.

Faith assures us that it is in God’s power to draw good out of evil; to trust gives meaning to life. Among those who have suffered great hardships, many can say that their faith has brought them hope and serenity in times of trial. Notwithstanding our physical limitations, the Lord calls each one of us to be active, to reach-out with whatever strength and talents we still possess. Each individual is a precious collaborator in Christ’s redeeming work.

Is this not your mission to become a witness to God’s Presence and Love in your life; a Presence that has penetrated all the fibres of your being. Through prayer you can enter into dialogue with God. Speak to the Lord of your sorrows, your hopes, your concerns for your loved ones; thank the Divine Physician and offer Him all your being—this is prayer and it is a way of witnessing to your faith, since it reveals your secret relationship with the God of Love.

Without fear, tell your story. Yes, your faith-filled history might awaken the source of faith in others. Someone might be waiting for your message.

By Michelle Payette, M.I.C.