Archive for June, 2014

Joyful and Always Prepared

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Who is my neighbor?  The bible prods us to answer.  One day last winter, I was reminded again who is my neighbor and who it can be. My pastoral work in the Keewatin-Le Pas Archdiocese requires me to visit distant reserves weekly. One Sunday in December, I asked  Michael one of the parishioners, if he would accompany me to Cormorant, a First Nations Community about an hour and a half  driving distance from The Pas.  I felt the need of a companion to help me navigate as the weather was snowy and unpredictable.  Michael gently explained he had to return home to care for his ailing wife.  Close by another parishioner Jason, a kind-hearted young man with special needs heard our conversation and exclaimed, “Wow are you going to Cormorant?”  It occurred to me that Jason was anxious to come with me.  I thought about the possibility and asked Michael quietly if it would be a good decision to bring Jason along.  After some thought, Michael said “Why not?”  We turned to Jason and asked, “Do you want to come along?”  Jason gave a wide smile and replied, “Yes!” with much enthusiasm.

We started our journey settling into the routine of getting to know one another.  Jason, I soon learned was a quiet man with a gentle demeanor.  When we arrived at Cormorant, Jason being also of First Nations roots,eased well with the people.  I saw a gentle soul who was as eager to relate and get to know others without hesitancy.  Jason’s accompanying me was a blessing and another gift that God gives me each day.

From Jason I learned people  with special needs have gifts to give the world.  Perhaps I should say, because they are special, they carry the gift within them to prompt in others, kindness, concern, patience, openness and an infectious joy. (excerpt from Catholic Missions in Canada Magazine by Sr Norma Samar,olm)

 Sister Norma Samar,olm

Sr. Norma Samar (Left) in Northern Manitoba

Sr. Norma Samar (Left) in Northern Manitoba

Jason

Jason