“. . . make straight in the desert, a highway for our God…the uneven ground shall become level and the rough places a plain.” Is. 40: 3-5
There are so many inspiring themes for Advent but I imagine that most, if not all, of us can relate to the desire to make highways straight and levelling out uneven and rough places. This I believe also relates to the theme of Home-coming as suggested by Joyce Rupp in, “May I Have this Dance.” Being a home body myself I can relate to combining the theme of making straight a highway for our God and the sense of Advent being a time for coming home. In winter time especially we worry about external highways being straight and level so that we can reach home, wherever home is for us.
The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, also known informally as White Ribbon Day, is a day commemorated in Canada each December 6. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique killings. Fourteen women were murdered and twelve others were injured, because they were women. Gender-based violence is still with us. We need to focus on the questions regarding how far we have come. Have we really made the connection between the horrific Montreal Massacre and what women are exposed to every day all around us? Many Canadians will wear a white ribbon tomorrow. Some of us will gather in special events. In Charlottetown, a Memorial Service will be held at 12 noon, Friday, December 5 in Memorial Hall, Confederation of the Arts.
Sr. Brigid had spent most of her life in a remote village in sub-Sahara, West Africa. Due to the extreme heat and the short rainy season, food was scarce. They were able to grow a variety of rice when the weather was wet and that had to last them through the long dry period. There was one particular variety of rice that was more difficult to grow and was a special treat to receive.
Article first published by the Rhode Island Catholic