Archive for October, 2016

World Mission Sunday

Monday, October 24th, 2016
Our Life Is MissionOn World Mission Sunday, October 23’rd, Our Lady’s Missionaries gathered to pray and reflect on our call to mission.  At the end of the day we gathered to share insights and stories.  We remembered with much love and gratitude so many people with whom we have shared life in various places around the world.  We also noted that our call to mission is not ended; it has merely changed now that we are all living in Canada.
As always, we are grateful for the love and support we have received from you, our family and friends.  This week we are particularly grateful for the “shout out” we received from Joe Gunn in his article in the Prairie Messenger.  Please click on this link if you would like to read the article:  Journey to Justice

A Conversation From The Heart

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Our Lady’s Missionaries is privileged to share with you this information regarding interfaith dialogue.  Paul McKenna of Scarboro Missions Interfaith Department, requested us to consider spreading this announcement to all our friends and we can only be more than grateful to respond to his request.

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Scriptural Reasoning — a group-based interfaith study of sacred texts

Dear Catholic colleagues committed to interfaith dialogue:  Scriptural Reasoning is a process in which small groups of Jews, Christians and Muslims, and sometimes people of other faiths, gather to read and reflect upon short passages from their scriptures. “Opening our sacred texts to others for conversation from the heart, and modeling a fellowship that sees difference as rich and illuminating” fashions a relationship through the medium of sacred writings. Scriptural Reasoning’s well-constructed website includes a number of guides and rich resources, including 24 “Text Bundles” which offer brief scriptural readings from the three Abrahamic religions, with titles such as “Encountering God”, “Abrahamic Hospitality”, “Fasting” and “Refugees.” 

To view this resource-rich website, click here:  http://www.scripturalreasoning.org/   Please consider forwarding this announcement to colleagues and friends and posting it on websites and social media.    

 

Peace  

Paul McKenna

Scarboro Missions Interfaith Dept.

2685 Kingston Road

Toronto, Ontario

Canada M1M 1M4

www.scarboromissions.ca

Tel. 416-261-7135 ext. 296

“Although the religions of the world are apples and oranges and are more different than they are alike, still there is a quality of ‘fruitfulness’ that characterizes them all and out of which a ‘common ground’ for shared conversation can be established.”  

Paul Knitter, American dialogue theologian

True Measure

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

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THANKSGIVING

This year, as is our custom, Our Lady’s Missionaries came together with friends at our central house on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

We knew we had much to be thankful for, including the opportunity to be together to talk about the events and blessings of our lives.

In our minds too was the need, without being less grateful, to remember the people who, for many reasons, are unable to share a delicious dinner, in comfort and safety, with family and friends.

Patricia helped us to address this concern when she gathered us for grace before the meal and began with this quote from W. T. Purkiser:

“Not what we say about our blessings,

 but how we use them,

is the true measure of our Thanksgiving.”

 

Frances Brady, OLM