Sister Mary Anne Powers
The World Day of Prayer Service on the first Friday of March has become an annual event at Andrews of Charlottetown. This year, the service was prepared by the women of the Philippines. We are very fortunate in having a number of Filipino young women on our staff. Their involvement and participation added a very special flavor to this occasion. Some of them wore their native costumes. They brought flags and memorabilia which were artistically displayed. They even brought their traditional food. During the service, they sang their National Anthem. They were featured in the Entrance Procession carrying symbols as each was explained. Residents, staff and volunteers collaborated to provide a prayerful and memorable experience.
Kathleen Dowling Singh who is a psychotherapist and dharma practitioner has 3 recent books which encourage a non-dualistic appreciation and awareness of the graces within the stages of our lives. Both Richard Rohr and Ron Rolheiser frequently refer to her work. The books can be read in any order and the titles give some clue as to the particular focus. They are: The Grace in Aging: Awaken as You Grow Older, The Grace in Dying: How We are Transformed Spiritually as We Die, and The Grace in Living: Recognize It, Trust It, Abide in It.