Archive for October, 2011

A Walk in the Park on an Autumn Day

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following are photos taken during a walk in St. James Park in downtown Toronto on October 15, 2011… the day that the Occupy Movement reached Canada.

by Sr. Christine Gebel OLM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

 

Thanksgiving

 blessings

   abound

with the

   profusion

      beauty

      and color

of autumn

   leaves

or

the silent

      stillness

   of

softly falling

      snow

joyfully

   we respond

      in

   thanksgiving

 

By Sr. Marie Clarkson, OLM

Autumn


Remembering St. Francis’s Spirit

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

By Sr. Mary Gauthier OLM

On this, The Feast of St. Francis Assisi, I am  reminded of the meeting I attended on September 20, 2011. It was sponsed by The North American Muslim Foundation. The Canadian Augustinian Centre for Social Justice and the Multi-faith Alliance to End Homelessness aim to bring diverse religious cultural, public and private sector groups together.

The different groups shared their experiences related to different issues which were housing, homelessness and poverty on vulnerable populations including women, children, youth, disabled, ill, new or unemployed Canadians, and culturally and racially diverse groups.

I was saddened as I listened to the sharing from the different groups of the pain and suffering of so many people in Toronto. It has been a few years since I attended a meeting like this, as I was a missioner in the Philippines. I asked myself, am I still hearing these same stories here in Toronto?

I am in awe of the women and men who are part of this struggle and say “Vote To Make Poverty History”.  As St. Francis lived out his life listening to cry of the Earth and the Cry of Poor, may we also heed the words of the gospel:

“Blessed are the Poor in Spirit,

the Kindom of heaven is theirs.”(Mt.5)