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Praying the Gestures of Autumn – Opening to Transformation

This was the theme of the three-day retreat we were fortunate to have with Sister Becky McKenna, CND,  on October 17-19. We had three days in May with Sister Becky and this "Triduum" completed our annual retreat. With beautiful visuals, inspiring music, opportunities for creative expression, appropriate handouts and profound reflections, Sister Becky led us through a meaningful spiritual journey. We were reminded that we must be like the autumn leaves and learn to "let go." This letting go brings about transformation into new life. In keeping with that Year of Mercy, our call to receive and extend mercy was also highlighted. Sister Becky's parting gift was a little bag for each of us containing three symbols: a maple leaf (letting go), a butterfly (transformation) and a heart (mercy). We are most grateful for this wonderful retreat experience. 

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A New Adventure Begins!

Today, we are witnesses to the first part of a sea voyage filled with mystery, filled with the promise of expected visitations and unexpected surprises.

With Jesus as Captain, every departure is guided to a safe harbour.

Blessed is the God of Exodus who is always aboard!

Blessed is the God of Exodus who cares for you from a difficult departure to a new arrival!

When there are waves, he brings inner peace:

When there are gusts, he brings light winds,

It is God, do not fear.

May this Eucharist, a thanksgiving for your generous yes, help you gently set sail in sustained faith!

With Mary, Star of the Sea, interesting challenges are on the horizon.

Amazing grace!

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November Article for The RI Catholic by Sr. Patricia McCarthy, CND

Pope Francis has spoken to the Church and the world about “The Joy of Loving.” This is his rather long reflection on family. Typical of Pope Francis’ style, the document is intriguing, easy to read and practical. Only a man who rode the bus to work every day as a Cardinal could grasp the stress of everyday life on ordinary people. Only a man who rode the bus to work every day could appreciate the joy of life.

The ability to live an ordinary life in an extraordinary way is the fruit of the Incarnation. Because God became one of us in Jesus Christ, we all have the opportunity to endure suffering and to embrace joy in the daily encounters and experiences of our lives. The great challenge of life, actually the stuff of a meaningful life, is to realize while we are living an ordinary day just how extraordinary it can be.

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