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“In this Advent season—this season of awaiting and pondering the coming of God in Christ—let us light a candle for Mary. And let us, in our own hearts, dare to believe the impossible by surrendering ourselves to God, courageously cooperating with God’s creative, pregnant power—in us, for us, and through us. If we do, then we, like Mary, will become pregnant with holy aliveness…

Activate: Start each day this week putting Mary’s prayer of commitment and surrender, “Let it be to me according to your will,” into your own words. Let this be a week of presenting your life to God so that “holy aliveness” grows in you.” (Brian D. McLaren)

Joan Lewis, CND with the Spirituality Committee

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4th Sunday of Advent

When Marguerite left Troyes, France in 1653 she took very little with her, in fact, all she carried was held in the “Baluchon” that rested on a stick on her shoulder. These were material items but in her heart she carried the promise and trust made to her on Rosary Sunday “go, I will never abandon you.” These words were offered to her by the Mother of Jesus, our Heavenly mother Mary – Marguerite trusted in this truth.

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2022 marks the 90th Anniversary of the Congregation de Notre-Dame’s Arrival in Japan

Invitation to the Mission to Japan

How did the Congregation of Notre Dame proceed with its foreign missions and why was Japan the place of choice?

The first invitation to mission to Japan was given by Fr. E. A. Langlais, President of the Dominican Province of Canada. In September of 1930, he personally visited Montreal to invite the sisters of the Congregation Notre Dame to collaborate in the mission of the fledgling Dominican Order. In September 1930, he personally visited Montreal and asked for the dispatch of the sisters of the Congregation as collaborators in the mission of the fledgling Dominican Order. This request was accepted, and Fr. René Labelle, Superior General of the Congregation of Saint-Sulpice, who was asked for his opinion, expressed his heartfelt support.

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