Archive for April, 2017

GABI’S FINAL VOWS

April 22, 2017

Today in Romania one of our FCJ sisters made her final vows. Gabi made her vows in front of family, friends and her FCJ companions. I have thought of her and prayed for her throughout the day. How lovely to think of any young person standing up in faith and making a permanent commitment to someone or something she or he believes in. The fact that Gabi has made her final commitment today strengthens me in mine and hopefully all other FCJs and people of faith too. No doubt a great celebration followed the religious ceremony. How great to have something good to celebrate. Indeed, Gabi’s act of love is a gift to each one of us as well as to the whole of God’s creation.

It could be someone I know

April 17, 2017

Yesterday I met a young man begging on the London tube. Not very remarkable really – there are often young men begging I guess. The difference was that yesterday I happened to have a small amount of money that someone had given to me ‘for someone in need’. I said to the man that I would give it to him when we got off the train, and so I had an opportunity to have a bit of a conversation with him.

A young man, on the streets for the last 12 weeks after having been made redundant. Clearly suffering, clearly losing weight. He wasn’t so different to my brothers (younger I guess). Caught in a vicious circle – he needs to beg to get money for the immediate (food and overnight accommodation) so how can he plan or save to get ID, security, apply for a job?

This encounter left me deeply disturbed – what happened to his friends? family? Do they even know where or how he is? What is the back story to this that I don’t know? Most of all I am disturbed because this young man is clearly not so different from many people I know. Anyone of them could be in his position.

How can I stand alongside him and be a channel of hope?

“As women of the Church, standing at the foot of contemporary crosses, we are channels of hope, love and mercy in our villages towns and cities.”

FCJ GC2013

THOUGHTS IN THE HOSPITAL WAITING ROOM

April 9, 2017

As I sit and wait for the various tests associated with a routine medical check up it strikes me that hospitals are places to sit and wonder. I wonder what all the other people are waiting for. I scan their faces and try and imagine why they are sitting alongside me. Some are clearly not well and awaiting relief from their obvious suffering. Others, anxious and solicitous, are accompanying loved ones. There are those who leave the consulting room with faced gripped by tension. Others leave laughing and relieved by receiving good news. We represent a wide  spectrum of age, ethnic group, religion and personality.  I am especially struck by the children who are weary and listless and with little understanding of why they are in pain. I am also deeply touched by the elderly people who have come from their villages to seek help. Dressed beautifully in traditional clothes they wait patiently for the doctor, their faces, hands and feet telling of years of toil. I find myself praying for all of us. May this day bring us all a good diagnosis. I give thanks for the gift of life and the simple signs of health I take so much for granted. May God grant us all health and zest for life.

 

A TRUE FAITHFUL COMPANION OF JESUS

April 5, 2017

A few days ago our sisters in Australia said goodbye to one of our sisters in a beautiful funeral Mass. Margaret Mary was just a few months short of both her ninetieth birthday and of the seventieth anniversary of her first profession. She gave the whole of her life in service of God in many and diverse ways. She was a great educator, a creative thinker and an inspiring leader. In her mid-sixties Margaret Mary was missioned to Romania to begin a new mission there. She was deeply committed to Romania and after her return to Australia she continued to raise funds for the mission. She was involved in a fund raising event only a few days before her death. There are saints who are proclaimed from church lecterns and written about in dusty tomes – and there are those we have known and loved. Margaret Mary with her eyes asparkle with joy and life, her great sense of humour, her energy and her big heart was surely one of the latter. Walk with us and be our companion from your parallel dimension dear Margaret Mary. Pray for us and pray that we continue the mission in service of God and God’s people.