Archive for December, 2011

NEW YEARS GREETINGS TO ALL

Friday, December 30th, 2011

In the midst of the violence and suffering witnessed in  the year 2011 we have all seen courage, sheer goodness and hope for a better world from so many.  As we begin this new year may we be filled with faith and gratitude for God’s presence and  everlasting love for each of us.  We renew our commitment to live lives of compassion and non-violence, and to care for all of God’s creation.  This is our prayer and hope.

 

Our Lady’s Missionaries

“O Holy Night, the stars are brightly shining”

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Stars in the night …

we know of night

lack of vision

a darkness

that enfolds

curtails

mobility

choice

freedom

yet, must  there be night

for stars to shine

I search the dark

void for a star

a light

from long ago

seen now

surely I too

have a star

to bless the night

Ever so small

it appears –

the smiling face

the caring gesture

a kindness remembered

a love I’ve shared

I see it now

I am that star

even as

I follow my star

Sister Marie Clarkson,OLM

News from Hebron…

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Our Lady’s Missionaries’ Sr. Rosemary Williamson is currently spending 6 weeks with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron.

Before leaving, Sr. Rosemary wrote this summary of CPT’s work there:

Christian Peacemaker Teams is a faith based group who place violence reduction teams in crisis situations and areas of militarization at the invitation of local peace and human rights workers.  They seek to transform conflict through the nonviolent power of God’s truth and love.  This emphasizes creative public witness, nonviolent direct action and protection of human rights.  They seek to engage churches to play a key advocacy role with policymakers.  Reporting to the larger world community can effectively support local efforts toward nonviolent peacemaking.

Now that she has arrived in Hebron, Sr. Rosemary sends back bits of news when she is able:

I will now try to describe what happened Sunday afternoon when Joe and I were out on a patrol.  Ahead of us we saw a group of soldiers arguing with some young Palestinian men.   As we approached, the soldiers were trying to lead away three of the men but there was a lot of shouting on both sides.  We followed through the souk (market place) to what is called Bab Baledeyya where there is a check point and gate.  They managed to blindfold and handcuff one young man and began leading him toward the gate.  Another Palestinian who had been brought there by the soldiers was trying to resist this movement and finally he too was handcuffed and both were led inside the gate.  Some younger boys began banging on the gate, and Joe and I were waiting along with some other adults when one of the  soldiers dropped a sound grenade in an attempt to scatter us.  We did move back and waited again when a patrol of soldiers emerged going up the hill and we followed.  It proved to be  a short and uneventful patrol.  It was unclear why the young men were taken in the first place and thank God this morning we heard that they had been released.  We do not know if they had to pay a fine or if they have to appear in court.       Love, Rosie

 

 


A Holy and Wholesome Thought

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

There are times I complain about the Catholic Church, but there are other times in which I am very grateful for it.  One of these grateful occasions happens each November when we remember our dead.  I can’t forget!  Each year, Our Lady’s Missionaries set aside a special day to recall our recent dead.  So, on November 12, we had our annual celebration with Mass, followed by a reception.  This year we particularly remembered family members of Sisters Elaine MacInnes, Cecile Turner, Mary Deighan, Noreen Kearns and Rosemarie Donovan.  Close members of the families of most these Sisters also attended and we appreciated their presence.  Besides these special people, all our dead were remembered.  Truly, it is “a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead.”  

By Sister Therese MacDonald OLM