Archive for January, 2017

Pause and Ponder

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Arriving at the Women’s March in Toronto last Saturday, I began looking for the other OLMs and friends that I knew would be there.  I never found them.  There was just too big a crowd.  Organizers estimate that 60,000 people were there.  I believe them!  All the time I spent at the march from Queen’s Park, passing the US Consulate and then on to City Hall, I never saw another person I knew.  I did see thousands of people.  And the diversity was amazing!  Since I was alone, as I walked I was able to pause and ponder on all that I could see, especially the people and the placards.  These are some of my favourite messages…

 

RESPECT EXISTENCE OR EXPECT RESISTANCE

GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

Many men carried signs that said:  THIS IS WHAT A FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE

THE PROBLEM ISN’T POVERTY – THE PROBLEM IS AFFLUENCE

REFUGEES WELCOME

SHE’S SOMEONE‘S SISTER/MOTHER/DAUGHTER/WIFE

SILENCE IS VIOLENCE

     For me, that last message sums up why I felt I had to march… because Silence is Violence.

 

Christine Gebel olm

We Envision A World…

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

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It’s a New Year, that particular moment in time when we review the blessings and disappointments of the past year and look to the new with a sense of expectation, of starting over and countless possibilities. This is an occasion of thankfulness for the people with whom we share home and community and for all that is dear to us. Shared joys and gratitude give us inspiration and unfulfilled hopes give us focus for what we most want this new year to bring.

Sr. Susan's friends at St. Michael's College convey their sympathy with flowers

Sr. Susan’s friends at St. Michael’s College convey their sympathy with flowers

We envision a world where the desire for peace triumphs over the desire for power, where individuals and nations act wisely to protect the earth on which we live together.

We want refugees to have a place to call home and we long for the day when there are no longer people needing to seek refuge.

Here in Toronto we hope that the memory of Sister Susan Moran, OLM will continue to inspire concern for the homeless and provision of more housing for residents with low incomes.

This is the construction site of Presentation Manor

This is the construction site of Presentation Manor

Our Lady’s Missionaries, together with other congregations and families in the Toronto area look forward to the construction of Presentation Manor which will be our new home by 2018.

Whatever your desires for your family this year, wherever hopes and dreams direct your activities in 2017, may your home and all you do be blessed.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

By Sr. Frances Brady, OLM