Archive for September, 2014

Global Care for The Earth

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

On Sunday September 21st the rains poured as if the heavens were crying over the destruction of the Earth for which we are responsible.  All of a sudden the rain stopped and the sun shone!  Our Earth felt the hope as thousands were gathering in many parts of the world to express our concern and demand that our leaders take seriously the need to protect our Earth.  

Several OLM’s gathered with the thousands at City Hall in Toronto.  We were moved by the enthusiasm,concern and hope of all.  So many young families and people of all ages!  

Let us pray that the leaders gathered at UN Climate Summit and our own Government will make the necessary steps to protect our Earth.   What can each of us do on our part ??? 

Sister Joan Missiaen,olm

The Parables of Jesus

Saturday, September 20th, 2014








Scarboro Missions are now posting  a weekly reflection  on the Scarboro Blog.  The following is one and below that is the link for future posts.


A reflection by Fr. Russ Sampson, SFM.

For a long time now, I have been taken up by the central theme of Jesus’ teaching, the Reign of God. Jesus could have given a detailed definition of the Reign but instead, he employed a technique that challenges people to explore this theme by means of stories – the parables.

Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic, in his article “The Hidden Kingdom” (Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Monograph Series 11, 1972), uses the parables in Mark’s Gospel to explore the theme of the Reign of God.

Rev. Roger Vermalen Karban, Pastor at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Renault, Illinois, says the following about “The Treasure in the Field” (Mt. 13:44), “The fact that Jesus frequently used (employed) parables while he was teaching, tells us a lot about what Jesus was trying to accomplish.”

Generally, a teacher uses parables not to add to students’ knowledge but rather to change a person’s “frame of mind,” to alter the way people process information. Fr. Karban suggests that the use of the parables in a method for “re-tooling the brain.”

Jesus’ parables undermined “the taken for granted” ways that people saw reality. Society and religious leaders of Jesus’ day did not like the way that Jesus looked at reality. Fr. Karban reminds us that anyone who processes people and situations through a different mindset is always a threat to the status quo.

An intriguing quote offered by Rev. Karban comes from a book by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan (HarperOne, San Francisco, 2009): “Perhaps more than anything else, Jesus’ parables caused his crucifixion.” What do you think about that? Did Jesus push too hard? Was he too direct in his challenges?

I have found that the parables place a person in a position that they have to make a decision or choice, to do some probing. The parables are revolutionary talk, they deal with paradoxes. They do not permit you to sit on the fence.






OLM NEWS- Just off the Press

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

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Recently Sister Norma Samar, of Our Lady’s Missionaries, has taken up the pastoral care of  the people of Our  Lady of Mount Carmel Parish  and will make her home in Southend, Saskatchewan.  Blessings on you Norma and all the people.