News
August 2019

From 2019-08-21 to 2019-09-21

Does Our World Still Need a SAVIOUR?

Man: craftsman of his destiny?

So it would seem, yet this is not the case. People continue to die of hunger and thirst, disease and poverty, in this age of plenty and of unbridled consumerism. Some people remain enslaved, exploited and stripped of their dignity; others are victims of racial and religious hatred, hampered by intolerance and discrimination, and by political interference and physical or moral coercion with regard to the free profession of their faith. Others see their own bodies and those of their dear ones, particularly their children maimed by weaponry, by terrorism and by all sorts of violence, at a time when everyone invokes and acclaims progress, solidarity and peace for all. And what of those who, bereft of hope, are forced to leave their homes and countries in order to find human living conditions elsewhere? How can we help those who are misled by facile prophets of happiness, those who struggle with relationship and are incapable of accepting responsibility for their present and future, those who are trapped in the tunnel of loneliness and who often end up enslaved to alcohol or drugs? What are we to think of those who choose death in the belief that they are celebrating life?

From despair to hope

How can we not hear, from the very depths of this humanity, at once joyful and anguished, a heart-rending cry for help? In this 21st century,Christ is still the “Saviour”.

Who will make this message of hope resound, in a credible way, in every corner of the earth? Who will work to ensure the recognition, protection and promotion of the integral good of the human person as the condition for peace, respecting each man and every woman and their proper dignity? Who will help us to realize that with good will, reasonableness and moderation it is possible to avoid aggravating conflicts and instead to find fair solutions?

Love and Peace: a Legacy…

Only by rediscovering the gift she has received can the Church bear witness to Christ the Saviour before all people. She does this with passionate enthusiasm, with full respect for all cultural and religious traditions; she does so joyfully, knowing that the One she proclaims takes away nothing that is authentically human, but instead brings it to fulfilment. In truth, Christ comes to destroy only evil, only sin; everything else, all the rest, he elevates and perfects. Christ does not save us from our humanity, but through it;

he does not save us from the world,but came into the world, so that through him the world might be saved (Jn 3:17). He brings to all the love of the Father in heaven. He is the Saviour of the world! Open your hearts to him and receive him, so that his Kingdom of love and peace may become the common legacy of each man and woman.

From 2019-08-01 to 2019-08-20

Unexpected Reunion

EMOTIONS OF PIERRE-JOEL

Some years go by before we receive more news with photos of his two brothers and a niece. When Pierre-Joel discovers that not only does he have a mother in Haiti but a family, he goes through a range of emotions. As an adolescent, he treasures the photos and cassette without ever expressing his desire to see his family.

November 2009, we realize it is time to go on that trip to Haiti, for so long we have been talking about it. Pierre-Joel is now twenty-five. We hope to meet his mother Limercia and other members of his family. The trip is scheduled for December 30 to January 6, 2010. Limercia had been praying and dreaming of seeing her son before she dies. Her faith was blessed, her wish was granted. Sr. Madeleine organizes the reunion at the MIC house in Port-au-Prince.

Emotions are high as we meet for the first time. Limercia, who is very petite, has incredible strength. The big brother Jean-Robert, 39 years of age, bursts into tears as he comes in contact with the young brother whom he had taken care of as a baby; he came with his five children. There is also Bernadel, his other brother, now 37 years of age. This moving reunion is followed by three more meetings during the week.

Our hearts are filled with emotions as we bid farewell to the family. We hope that Pierre-Joel, who has now found his place in the circle of his natural family, will come back  ome day to Haiti. In fact, they had not forgotten him, but never thought that one day they would be reunited.

OUR LAND AND HEARTS SHOOK

Shortly after our return to Canada, the earth shook and we could receive no news from our son’s family. Pierre-Joel who is enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces hopes to leave with the special unit of 800 soldiers selected at Valcartier. He is refused this mission under the pretext that if he were to find members of his family under the rubbles he would experience a traumatic shock. They do not know our son. With much difficulty he accepts the decision of his superiors, but helps in the preparation of the mission.

Eleven days of anguish have gone by; finally, we are able to speak with Sr. Madeleine and learn that my son’s family is  fine. What a relief to know that the needs are only of material nature; we will be able to contribute. We continue praying for the survival of that beautiful country, for the warm-hearted people, for all those like Sr. Madeleine who love them and support them. We are most grateful to the two Sisters, both named Madeleine, who reassured us with such compassion and warmth.

We also pray for my son’s natural family whom we met and keep in our hearts, no matter the distance.

By Lynn & Yves Morin

From 2019-08-01 to 2019-08-20

Unexpected Reunion

EMOTIONS OF PIERRE-JOEL

Some years go by before we receive more news with photos of his two brothers and a niece. When Pierre-Joel discovers that not only does he have a mother in Haiti but a family, he goes through a range of emotions. As an adolescent, he treasures the photos and cassette without ever expressing his desire to see his family.

November 2009, we realize it is time to go on that trip to Haiti, for so long we have been talking about it. Pierre-Joel is now twenty-five. We hope to meet his mother Limercia and other members of his family. The trip is scheduled for December 30 to January 6, 2010. Limercia had been praying and dreaming of seeing her son before she dies. Her faith was blessed, her wish was granted. Sr. Madeleine organizes the reunion at the MIC house in Port-au-Prince.

Emotions are high as we meet for the first time. Limercia, who is very petite, has incredible strength. The big brother Jean-Robert, 39 years of age, bursts into tears as he comes in contact with the young brother whom he had taken care of as a baby; he came with his five children. There is also Bernadel, his other brother, now 37 years of age. This moving reunion is followed by three more meetings during the week.

Our hearts are filled with emotions as we bid farewell to the family. We hope that Pierre-Joel, who has now found his place in the circle of his natural family, will come back  ome day to Haiti. In fact, they had not forgotten him, but never thought that one day they would be reunited.

OUR LAND AND HEARTS SHOOK

Shortly after our return to Canada, the earth shook and we could receive no news from our son’s family. Pierre-Joel who is enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces hopes to leave with the special unit of 800 soldiers selected at Valcartier. He is refused this mission under the pretext that if he were to find members of his family under the rubbles he would experience a traumatic shock. They do not know our son. With much difficulty he accepts the decision of his superiors, but helps in the preparation of the mission.

Eleven days of anguish have gone by; finally, we are able to speak with Sr. Madeleine and learn that my son’s family is  fine. What a relief to know that the needs are only of material nature; we will be able to contribute. We continue praying for the survival of that beautiful country, for the warm-hearted people, for all those like Sr. Madeleine who love them and support them. We are most grateful to the two Sisters, both named Madeleine, who reassured us with such compassion and warmth.

We also pray for my son’s natural family whom we met and keep in our hearts, no matter the distance.

By Lynn & Yves Morin