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Family Violence Prevention Week

This was Family Violence Prevention week on PEI and there were many events occurring all over the province from Tignish to Souris. In Charlottetown on Wednesday there was a Silent Walk from Noon – 1 p.m. in memory of the women who have died from family violence on PEI and in solidarity with those who are still suffering the effects of this violence. I was able to go to the gathering at the Coles Building and was particularly touched by the fact that, after the usual remarks, a prayer was offered by a young woman of the Bahai faith and then the crowd moved forward in silence. I was so happy to have been part of that much. The walk ended with a reception at City Hall. 

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Lenten Prayer Service

Photo: Marie-Claire Dugas

INTRODUCTION

Leader:  During Lent, we strive to free ourselves from all kinds of clutter---material and spiritual---in order to focus on God and turn back to God with our whole hearts.  If this "turning back" is genuine, it will be a reorientation, a transformation. God extends this invitation of authentic transformation to each of us to embrace as individuals and as a community.  May we be open to God's invitation during this season of Lent and a renewed desire to live God's own outward-looking, self-emptying, laying-down-one's-life kind of love. (Amy Ekeh)

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Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent 2018

A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with Eleanor, my Spiritual Director, about Lent.  In one simple sentence, she helped me change my not-very-positive thinking and feelings about Lent into something new. Eleanor said, “Lent is really about transformation.”  It was a “bing” moment for me!  I’m sure I’ve heard this many times before in my life; but a few weeks ago, I heard it in a new way.  Funny how the Spirit works.  God knows my heart and where I am in my life at this moment.  I needed to hear the word transformation equated with Lent.  And so, it is with this word and this lens that I offer this simple reflection on this Sunday’s Gospel…

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