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28th April 2015
We are all very conscious of all the people who are suffering in Nepal at this time, and particularly of our sisters, colleagues and students affected by the earthquake. The tremors were felt throughout Darjeeling, Lolay, Sadam, Siliguri and neighbouring areas, and tremors are continuing, which is very traumatic for everyone.
The good news is that all our sisters in Dharan, Darjeeling, Lolay and Sadam are safe. The sisters in Dharan along with the 17 hostel girls are sleeping outside with neighbours as they are fearful for aftershocks. The communities in the mission houses and Darjeeling are also living with great fear. Families living in small villages below the convent in Darjeeling have been given shelter in the convent grounds.
Geraldine Moktan’s family in Kathmandu are among the many living in tents with food and water becoming scarce. Ganga’s family who live out of Kathmandu are all safe. The CJ sisters in Kathmandu are all safe and are also sleeping outside in tents for fear of aftershocks.
While buildings are damaged what is causing the most concern is that our sisters and people around them are traumatized, watching and waiting for the next quake, unable to focus on anything else. Water and electricity supplies are in very short supply and people are also concerned about family members.
We continue to hold them all in prayer, and when the emergency settles we can assess the damage to property and see what needs to be done. In the meantime we send our prayers and blessings to our sisters in the South Asia Province, especially those close to the earthquake area.
With every blessing
Anita IBVM & Noelle IBVM
Province Leader Institute Leader
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New Year with new hopes and we feel very blessed to receive encouragement to start our new intervention in dealing with the issue of Trafficking in West Bengal. We are very grateful to Mary Ward International Spain for providing the financial support for this burning issue.
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“Make space for God’s love so He may change you.” Pope Francis
“The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.” Rabindranath Tagore
We pray with the Church and the World
That people may learn to respect creation and care for it as a gift of God.
That persecuted Christians may feel the consoling presence of the Risen Lord and the solidarity of all the Church.
“Peace not the absence of conflicts or the result of political compromise or fatalistic resignation.” It entails “a daily endeavour, a courageous and authentic effort to favour reconciliation, to promote experiences of sharing to extend bridges of dialogue, to serve the weakest and the excluded.” In a word it consists in “building up a culture of encounter.”
April 22 International Mother Earth Day
“I appeal to all people everywhere to raise their voices. Speak out on behalf of this planet, our only home. Let us care for Mother Earth so she can continue to care for us as she has done for millennia.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
“I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be ‘protectors’ of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.” Pope Francis
We pray with the Institute
That we may encounter the Risen Lord on our journey together at the Extended Leadership Meeting in Australia and that we may return with our hearts set ablaze with love.
That we may be blessed with vocations…”that perhaps this course of ours would continue till the end of the world, because it came to that in which we first began.” Mary Ward
Join us in this vigil
and you will know what it is to dream!
Then you will know how marvellous it is
to live threatened with Resurrection!
To dream awake
to keep watch asleep,
to live while dying,
and to know ourselves already resurrected!
Together we pray
“We ask the risen Jesus, who turns death into life, to change hatred into love, vengeance into forgiveness, war into peace. Yes, Christ is our peace, and through him to implore peace for all the world.”
Where do you long for peace in your own life? In the world?
“Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity.” How can I be balm to the open wounds I encounter?
“Religious follow the Lord in a special way, in a prophetic way. It is this witness that I expect of you. Religious should be men and women able to wake the world up.” What is my contribution to wake the world up?
“…this task entrusted to us by God the Creator requires us to grasp the rhythm and logic of creation. But we are often driven by pride of domination, of possessions, manipulation, of exploitation; we do not “care” for it, we do not respect it, we do not consider it as a free gift that we must care for.” How can I truly grasp the rhythm and logic of creation?