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Reflection for the Third Sunday of Lent 2022

I would like to begin my reflection by suggesting that life without religion reminds me of the Canadian Flag without the Maple Leaf. Such a flag does not call forth any form of Civic allegiances. It is simply without meaning and is incapable of communicating the richness of what this symbol otherwise means to the loyal Canadian.

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Prayer for Vocations

God, in your infinite love, raise up in your Church

persons who wish to consecrate their life to you

by serving their brothers and sisters.

May your Spirit shape them so that they may bear witness to your love.

Virgin Mary, awaken trust in the hearts of young people,

may they always have the courage and wisdom to welcome

generously the will of God in their lives.

Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, raise up religious vocations

and all kinds of vocations so that the spirit of Visitation and of Pentecost

may perpetuate throughout the world. Amen.

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Toward the 90th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame in Japan (Part 3)

From “The Narrow Road to Japan: In the Footsteps of Marguerite Bourgeois” by Rose Cauchon, CND.

Arrival in Fukushima

At 9:30 a.m. on October 20, eighteen days after leaving Montreal, I boarded a train bound for Fukushima, where I was headed. On the train, the group witnessed various scenes different from those in their home country. Some people took off their shoes and sat in narrow seats, some smokers were on the train, some people bought ekiben and ate them with chopsticks, some mothers carried their babies on their backs and a box of remains of soldiers who died in China was placed on the incense-burning platform with fruit and candles offered in front of it. I was able to see Japanese customs for the first time.

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