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New York Associate Go to the Peripheries

I wish to share with all of you word of a recent visitation that aligns with our Congregation de Notre-Dame mission orientation to embrace the peripheries, and particularly the movement and outreach toward our southern border in solidarity with the peoples of Central America.  On December 1, I traveled to La Alianza, The Covenant House shelter for trafficked girls in Guatemala City. I accompanied Peggy Healy, the former Senior Vice President for Latin America at Covenant House International, who had the new Health Care Center at La Alianza dedicated to her for her years of tireless dedication and leadership.

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There Is A Time For Everything

The clock stands on the mantle.  I watch the pendulum swinging back and forth
as the minutes pass. That minute is gone.  I will never be able to retrieve it.
"Time ages things, time deepens things, time ripen things...  It brings everything to fulfillment.
I become more mature, more accepting, more serene.  I have survived so much already,

what can possibly destroy my equanimity now"? (Joan Chittister)
How do I respond to Sr. Joan's question?

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Gift Given And Gift Received

I think of how many gifts I wrapped and unwrapped.
How did I choose the gift and how did I wrap it?
From whom did I receive gifts?
God sent us a gift, wrapped in swaddling clothes
and laying in a manger.

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