Archive for February, 2010

We Need Water, Now Water Needs Us

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

This year on Earth Day, April 22nd, join the growing number of people who plan to make a personal declaration about the importance of water by turning off the taps and going waterless for one hour.

For more information go to:   http://www.waterhour.org/

Four Years. Go.

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

The next four years could shape the future of humanity for the next 1000 years.

Why Four Years”? Because this is the time limit for action, within which humanity must radically accelerate its progress toward sustainability, or we begin to face unacceptable levels of risk of irreversible negative systemic change.  Also, Four Years because it is enough time to act, even to transform ourselves. And “Go” because we must start now. We have time to act but no time to waste.

Four Years. Go. is not a new organization. Rather, it is a new initiative spearheaded by a growing worldwide coalition of leading organizations and individuals committed to building a sustainable, just and fulfilling society. 

The campaign’s basic premises are that:

 1.  Our planet is fast approaching negative ecological tipping points that if passed, could lead to an irreversible downward spiral that would alter life as we know it for all future generations.

2.  We already possess all the technology and practical solutions required to resolve the ecological, social and economic crises confronting us. (As Al Gore points out in his new book “Our Choice” his research into solutions around the globe has convinced him that we have the tools to solve three climate crises, and we only face one.)

3.  In resolving these crises lies the possibility of a societal leap that could free humanity from the curses of alienation and injustice and initiate a flourishing new relationship of humans to one another and to the Earth.

4.  All that is missing is a universal sense of urgency and a collective will to act.

Our Lady’s Missionaries have joined, why don’t you?

Sign up at:   http://signup.fouryearsgo.org/

Haiti Prayer Vigils Continue

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

On January 12th, the people of Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake.  Our hearts cried out in sorrow as the whole world witnessed this nation’s suffering and desired to be with them in solidarity.

And so, Sr. Jean Leahy of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto, and Sr. Susan Moran  of Our Lady’s Missionaries sent out a call to gather concerned friends at the Peace Garden of Toronto’s City Hall for prayer vigils for the people of Haiti.

At the first vigil Sr. Rosemary Fry CSJ, who has since returned to Haiti, led us in reflection.  Sr. Rosemary expressed how immensely God loves the people of Haiti and how much God is present to them now.

At the next vigil, Sr. Jean Leahy CSJ led the opening prayer and read a reflection by Sr. Lorraine Malo CSJ, who was at that time preparing to return to Haiti.

At a third vigil, Sr. Mary Alban Bouchard CSJ led us in reflection, telling us of suffering and death as well as the great courage and love of the people of Haiti.  We were grateful that Sr. Mary Alban came and shared her experiences even as she too was preparing to return to Haiti.

Sr. Jean and Sr. Susan are now planning another vigil to be held during the season of Lent.

Monthly Prayer Gathering at our Central House

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Sr. Marie Clarkson led a reflection around the theme of “Anointing the World with Love” at the monthly prayer gathering at our Central House.  OLM sisters, associates and friends began by singing “Everyday God,” reminding us of God’s continual presence.  After reflection and sharing, we named the people and places that we wished to anoint with love.  We finished the evening by chatting over tea and cookies.

Prayer Vigil for Haiti

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Another prayer vigil is planned at Toronto City Hall’s Peace Garden for 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 9 with Sr. Mary Alban Bouchard CSJ giving the reflection.

Prayer Vigils for the People of Haiti

On January 12th the people of Haiti experienced a 7.0-magnitude earthquake.  As a result they experienced unspeakable suffering, deaths and devastation.  Our hearts and lives cried out in pain and sorrow as the whole world witnessed this nation of sorrow and expressed a desire to be with them in solidarity.

First Vigil

On Tuesday January 19th a group of concerned friends gathered at the Peace Garden at Toronto’s City Hall for a prayer vigil for the people of Haiti.

Rosemary Fry CSJ, a Sister of St Joseph who was in Haiti (and has since returned to Haiti) led us in reflection.  Rosemary expressed how immensely God loved the people of Haiti and how greatly God was present to them now.

Second Vigil

On Tuesday January 26th, the Prayer Vigil continued at the Peace Garden at City Hall.  Jean Leahy CSJ led the opening prayer, reading a reflection by Lorraine Malo CSJ, a Sister who has since returned to Haiti.

Deeply touching us is the picture of the young boy arising from the devastation and the people welcoming him joyfully. 

Indeed Haiti is a nation, a people of miracles and resurrections. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian martyred saint, would say it is the duty of a person to stand publicly as a witness in truth and solidarity with our suffering sisters and brothers in times of great suffering.

We hold this duty seriously and are joined by all our communities and friends from wherever they are. God hears ‘The Cries of the Poor’!

By Susan Moran OLM

Renewal of Vows

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

On February 2 in Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines, Sr. Anie Montejo OLM renewed her profession of the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience for two years.  Rejoice with us!