Archive for March, 2016

Still With Us!

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

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If the message of Christmas is “God with us”, then the message of Easter must be “God is still with us”. The empty tomb and Jesus’ presence with His followers tell us that sin does not have the last word, that God is stronger and very much present in our world and our lives.

This hope inspiring assurance is the spirit of Easter, from the singing of the Gloria at the Easter Vigil liturgy through the rest of the season. An atmosphere of new life, joy and possibility, in our northern hemisphere highlighted by nature coming to life after the winter, can encourage and strengthen, challenge and prompt.

For those of us experiencing oppression, violence or neglect, loss of home or country or freedom, the Easter spirit of joy and celebration might be a reminder that God is still with us, there is more than this; something else is possible. Be strong. Don’t lose hope.

For others of us perhaps the message is: God is still with us, ready to act with us and through us to bring peace and healing, justice and love, acceptance and joy. Be courageous. Don’t give up.

Whoever and wherever we are, whichever message we need to hear, let’s pray that we listen, allow it to nurture us.  May it lead us to enter wholeheartedly and joyfully into the beautiful season of Easter with celebration and gratitude for a God who loves us and is present with and within us.

Best wishes to all for a Joyful Easter season.

Frances Brady, OLM

May It Be So…

Monday, March 14th, 2016
After our prayer and reflection for human trafficking we started our walk to Bay and Bloor to hand out information

After our prayer and reflection for human trafficking we started our walk to Bay and Bloor to hand out information

Once again International Women’s Day was celebrated by a group of women in Toronto on March 8, 2016.  Eight OLMs joined the Catholic Network for Women’s Equality, (CNWE),  in its annual silent vigil at the corner of Bay and Bloor.

The purpose of the vigil is to protest human trafficking, and to raise awareness about this form of ‘human slavery’ happening in Toronto and around the world.

As quoted in the Toronto Star, Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins of Toronto Police Crimes Unit stated, “Human Trafficking is a Toronto problem, an Ontario problem and a Canada problem.  Everyone thinks it’s not happening here, but it is.”

We encourage our friends and people of all walks of life to act against human trafficking by signing our online petition at https://www.change.org/p/eliminate-human-trafficking-in-ontario-canada  We have initiated this petition to ask the Ontario government to dedicate further resources to investigate and prosecute traffickers and to provide services for the survivors of trafficking.