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From 2020-04-28 to 2020-05-29

A LEGACY OF LOVE

KINDLING A PASSIONATE FIRE OF LOVE

The awaited One came and He kindled the new Passionate Fire as declared by John, known as the Precursor—the forerunner. However, the newness which Jesus revealed left John somewhat perplexed; therefore, he sent some messengers ahead to check the status of this Messiah: Are you the one who was to come…? (Lk 7:20) Of course there was something to verify because this Messiah spoke with strangers as equals; He healed the heathens as well as his own people; He excluded no one; He questioned age-old traditions and religious laws; He was simple and discreet; He forgave His enemies; called Yahweh His “Father”; He chose love and justice above rituals and hypocritical cant. Had I been in John’s place, I too would have checked out my Messiah, because He had gone beyond normal boundaries.

 

WATCH FOR DAYBREAK

To the messengers investigating Him, the Messiah named Jesus of Nazareth replied: Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor (Lk 7:22). Quoting the words of the prophet Malachi (3:1) Jesus addressed the crowd and took the opportunity to underscore that John was truly the one chosen by God to prepare the way for this new passionate Fire of Love. The love that Jesus revealed and manifested was out-of bounds and beyond the limits instilled in the minds of John and the twelve apostles. Authorities did all in their power to confine this passionate Fire of Love and even to extinguish it because it was becoming contagious and dangerous. However, a sudden, strong, astonishing wind, never experienced before, vigorously kindled that passionate Fire of Love. A vigor that has motivated millions of hearts throughout the centuries—to be Fire-guardians and shepherds of love, to be daybreak watchers, so that the world might not die of hopelessness.

When the Spirit of Love seems to be extinguished and all hope lost, there are people like Vincent de Paul, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day, Doctor Julien who rise up and rekindle the flames of love. They bring that passionate Fire of Love to those who suffer from the cold, from hunger; to those who are sick, abandoned and despised. These are well-known watchers, but there are many others, perhaps less known, who accomplish

similar works. Délia Tétreault often repeated to her Sisters: Be souls of fire! Ninety years ago, she foresaw the importance of making known the works of her Fire-guardians abroad. Thus was born the magazine Le Précurseur / The Precursor later known as MIC Mission News. After so many years, this magazine continues to inspire its readers. Witnesses speak about their experiences in mission; they reveal how the Christian faith needs more helping hands. They reveal the courage and determination needed to confront the problems they come across in developing countries so as to keep the Fire burning. Readers become more aware of how to develop links of solidarity with those who work in impoverished countries; they learn about the spirituality of Délia Tétreault and how they can become involved in some of the MIC mission projects. Reading through the pages of such a magazine awakens our awareness and gratitude for God’s benevolent love which is revealed through the works of the missionaries.

 

A CHAIN OF FIRE-WATCHERS

There was John the Precursor, Jesus the Messiah, the twelve Apostles, Paul and the many others who continued to be the chain of Fire watchers; they transmitted the Word in the hope of keeping alive the Good News of the Gospel. The Gospel bears fruits…each time a suffering person finds someone to hold his/her hand. Thanks to the magazine Le Précurseur/ MIC Mission News, a multitude of readers have marveled over this legacy of Love and have contributed to it in their own personal way.

André Gadbois

From 2020-04-21 to 2020-04-30

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