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Taken From the Franciscan Action Network Reflection for Sept 11

Where in your life are you called to be merciful rather than punitive? Where can you lessen the violence in your daily life? In the way you speak to others? Toward the homeless or those on the margins of society? Instead of waiting for a natural or human-made disaster, how about practicing a habitual and deliberate act of mercy. It is an act that you will never regret.

Suggested Action: This week, make a conscious effort to show mercy and kindness, not once randomly, but twice or three times intentionally.

Suggested Petitions: We pray in thanksgiving heavenly Father for the boundless mercy and compassion you show us. We pray too for those suffering who do not know or perhaps do not believe in the mercy and grace of God, Look upon us, O God, Creator and Ruler of all things, may we feel the workings of your mercy in our hearts and in our lives. Show us the ways to serve you so others may know that You love them with an unconditional love. All glory and praise be to You. (Adapted)

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Thank You

My heart is very full as I reflected on the celebration of my 103rd Birthday. I am very grateful for all who prayed with me and others at Wilton, for all the beautiful card and loving messages, for the gifts, the flowers, the Masses and promises of prayer. I am blessed with so many friend and those who care for me. Try to live until 103 and experience this joy!!

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Living the Provisional

My life of Visitation was a life in motion, a life on the way. I experienced this frequently during my time in Africa. Just reaching a destination was often a miracle. For example, during the last three to four hours of driving from Yaoundé to Kumbo the roads were so bad that the driver was compelled to ask if we had a contract with God. This was not the "go I will not abandon you" of Mary but it made me become more conscious of whose work this was and of the providential care I could expect. In fact, we often said that our guardian angels were working overtime.

Little apparently insignificant remarks and acts of kindness that I encountered on the roads and in crisis situations would always turn out to be my greatest Visitation moments.

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