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Book – I Am Because We Are by Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr

Book – I Am Because We Are by Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr. (2022; House of Amansi Press, Inc. acknowledging financial support from Canada Council of the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Government of Canada.) This is the story of family bonds, Christian values, and educational pursuits resulting in a woman’s tireless efforts to fight systemic corruption in Nigeria. The author, a Nigerian-Canadian, tells the story of her mother, Dora Akunyili, (1954-1972), a pharmacist, professor, and politically effective mover in Nigeria’s power structures. The daughter, after extensive and careful research, writes as if the mother were speaking her own story. The African practice of Ubuntu that emphasizes community over personal good was a huge motivating factor for Dora in her struggles to tackle injustice, crooked maneuvers, and face personal threats.

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Welcome, Christa!

For over three weeks now, Marguerite-Bourgeoys Province has welcomed Christa from Blessed Sacrament Province U.S.). Christa came to live an experience in Montreal as part of her year of apostolic novitiate. It is with joy that the Emmaus Community opened its apartment doors in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood. She will stay there until the end of April.

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Hearing God's Voice

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,
"Whom shall I send?  Who will go for us?"
"HERE I AM, I said; SEND ME"
As I reflect on this conversation I
know I have heard the Lord speaking
to me in a variety of ways.
Sometimes it is through signs and symbols,
through scripture, in prayer, a homily or
voice of another.  However, I must admit...

 

 

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