Alleluia! Easter!

A cry of joy and gladness springs from the encounter with the Risen Christ. This joy is not just the relief from finding Him who was put to death. It is also the joy of knowing and realizing that beyond the finiteness of human life that was embraced by Christ, there springs eternal life. This knowledge that the disciples have is not intellectual, it is existential. This knowledge actually transformed their existence. So, Peter, after meeting the Risen Christ, whom he had denied out of fear, becomes…

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A new record of longevity with the sscj!

Among the sisters on the main floor of Notre Dame de Lourdes, celebration is in the air, and what a celebration it was...! Constance Rouvrais blew out 108 candles, and thereby took the lead on all the other centenarians in the Congregation. In France there is an association that follows them day by day, all the women older than 107 and all the men older than 105. I had a phone call with Mr. Denis Le Fèvre, who is the president of the association, and this is…

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A first for the Mother House

  What initially was an intuition for something in the future at the Mother House has now taken shape with the creation of the position of “Community Assistant”. With the back and forth between reflection time and research carried out by the Congregation with the Province of France, with the help of experts, the criteria for the position were narrowed down. On March 22nd this process came to its completion when Mrs. Brigitte Mercadier was welcomed by Srs. Anne Chapell, Marie-Madeleine Tual , Martine Guichard, treasurer, and…

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While listening to the Gospel reading, Mark 1: 40-45, for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary time, I relived a beautiful story… The beautiful story of Zilembo, the leper Zilembo is part of the history of the Sisters of Poli.  She was attacked by an incurable form of leprosy.  She would come on a regular basis to the community so that the Sister who was a nurse could change her dressings.  The leprosy was eating away at her hands and feet so that little by little she was…

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