The book came out in 2007 and proved a very popular read; now comes the film. People who see it will likely be moved by its passionate take on themes like grief and forgiveness. We feel, with Mack, his awful loss and sadness, as well as guilt. God seeks him out and at one point tells him, “You can get so lost in the pain, you don’t see me.” There’s a homey common sense way of presenting God as always present, always with us, and always loving us. Mack is open to hearing, learning, exploring. It’s a story. Stories get us thinking, and sharing. Stories can bring about change.
Carl Madigan, long-time associate, presented a Lenten reflection to the Montreal sisters and associates on March 8th. The journey began with a story of the beggar and his box, and the stranger, followed by awe inspiring photos. These led to a time of silent contemplation before Carl elaborated on the Divine Now/Eternal Presence. Drawing us to recognize the Divine Presence in ourselves, in others and all creation, Carl then encouraged us to make a habit of pausing at all thresholds to acknowledge the Eternal Presence. The evening became animated as participants joined in with comments and questions, leading Carl into further development of his points. This enthusiasm continued during refreshments, a bit beyond our usual stay with the de Sève sisters! Thanks Carl for a meaty Lenten reflection.
If you haven’t yet been to this site, it has 10-minute homilies by women, starting with Ash Wednesday and continuing through the Sundays of Lent. It is refreshing to hear these women speak and share their reflection on the gospel stories. Simone Campbell (of Nuns on the Bus) has the Ash Wednesday reflection. http://www.catholicwomenpreach.org