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Celebrating the Anniversary of Marguerite’s Canonization!

On Sunday evening, October 31s, we Sisters at De Sève Residence in Montreal welcomed Sisters Violaine Paradis and Dominique Sabas to help us celebrate the anniversary of Marguerite’s canonization. We had a wonderful evening together. We began with a bilingual prayer, shared wine and cheese, and enjoyed a delicious meal, but what made the evening so pleasant was the open sharing among us and the evident joy of being together. Most of us knew little about Dominique and were eager to get to know her a little. Realizing that her inability to speak English was not a problem, Dominique shared her interesting life journey with us. Violaine, whom we knew a little more, told us about her ministry in the East end of Montreal as an “Agent de Pastorale Sociale.” As the evening drew to a close, we felt that a bond had been established among us as Congregation de Notre-Dame Sisters. The evening had been a visitation moment, and we had taken a small, concrete step to live interculturality and intergenerationality.

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One Stick at a Time

"I compare the troubles which we have to undergo in the 
course of the year to a great bundle of sticks, far too large 
for us to lift.  But God does not require us to carry the whole 
load at once.  God mercifully unties the bundle, and gives us
first one stick, which we are to carry today, then another, 
which we are to carry tomorrow, and so on."

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Things don’t make us happy. Sharing does.

A Canadian religious sister was visiting her sisters in Cameroon in Africa. The sisters were taking her to a poor woman living in a traditional round adobe and thatched roof hut of the area. They gave the visitor a bag of rice to bring as a gift to the woman. They entered the home and gave the rice to the mother of the family. She invited them to be seated and said she would be with them in a minute. She left with the rice and returned a few moments later with half the bag gone. She had given the rice to a neighbor who had no more rice for her own family. Then the visit began.

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