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Reflection for the Feast of the Visitation May 31, 2017

There are two basic beliefs that inform my reflection on the Visitation. The first is: I have come to know and appreciate that the Feast of the Visitation is more than a celebration of arrival. Rather it holds up for our consideration the ongoing conversations between Mary and Elizabeth, which took place in the three months that followed Mary’s arrival.  And, I imagine one of the conversations between Mary and Elizabeth could have gone like this:

After Mary had settled in, Elizabeth took her on a short walk to Elizabeth’s favorite quiet place to sit for a while and to talk. Elizabeth had noted Mary’s reaction to her greeting, had heard Mary’s unspoken questions, had sensed Mary’s need for assurances from her older cousin. 

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News from the Congrégation de Notre-Dame in Kingston

Health and Wellness Committee convenes

Sisters Pat Arsenault and Rosemary Shannon welcomed visiting Coordinators from the other CND Health Care Centres in Sydney N.S., Montreal and Toronto to Providence Motherhouse from May 10th to 12th.

New to the Motherhouse

Two CND Sisters have moved in recently. Pictured from left is Sister Rosemarie Kennedy and Sister Mary Cockburn.

Welcome Sisters Mary and Rosemarie to Providence Motherhouse!

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Book recommendation

Between the Dark and the Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life by Joan Chittister. (Image Books, NY: 2015). In her 32 short chapters, Joan offers us her usual little anecdotes and stories gathered along the way, her common sense and the wisdom for which she is widely known. She identifies times we experience stress and struggle, loss and letting go, fear and failure. Often we find new light and new strength as we learn to meet God where we may not expect. “Life lies in adapting to choices that are not mine. It requires that I understand that life is not final until it ends.” (p.163) 

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