From 2017-10-25 to 2017-11-19

CRC biannual visit at roman dicasteries

Their meeting with Cardinal Braz de Aviz, the Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life was particularly important and encouraging. It was a call to a greater apostolic engagement for religious of all ages in our Canadian society. They also had the privilege of being presented to the Holy Father at the Wednesday audience and to offer him a gift of products from various Canadian monasteries.

In the coming weeks, the CRC will be able to report to its Council in more detail on the experience of communion it shared over six days. The Church is truly blessed in the ministry of Pope Francis.

Meeting with Cardinal Cardinal Amato, Prefect of the

Congregation for the Causes of Saints

Meeting with Cardinal Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation

for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life

Meeting with Cardinal Ouellet

Meeting with Cardinal Turkson at the Dicastery

for Promoting Integral Human Development

Meeting with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Meeting with the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life

Meeting with Cardinal Stella, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy

From 2017-10-21 to 2017-11-06

World Mission Day

Missionary activity is a response to the love with which God loves us. God's love is the spiritual energy that can make harmony; justice and communion grow among persons, races and peoples for which everyone is searching. It is God, who is Love, who leads the Church towards those farthest away and calls us to be renewed from the original source, Jesus Christ, from whose pierced heart flows the love of God.

The God of love is the source of care, tenderness, compassion, hospitality and interest in other people's problems, for spreading Christ's charity around the world.

Catholic Mission around the world has the responsibility of promoting a dignified and fruitful celebration of World Mission Day. This year World Mission Day is Sunday 22nd October 2017.



Mission at the heart of the Christian faith

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


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.