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Awareness: Reflection on an Immersion Trip in Haiti

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By Donna Buyce

Heading home from a week-long missionary immersion trip in Haiti. Driving down the runway. Watching their houses go by. Dreaming what the people inside were doing, experiencing at that time. And crying silently in my seat as the feeling of guilt rushed over me. “I’m leaving them. I’m abandoning them. What am I supposed to do, how can I help, what’s it going to be like at home, how can I possibly have this many feelings going on all at the same time?” Scared, thrilled, guilty, loved, loving, empathy, shock.
Meditating a couple weeks later. Sitting in silence after asking God, “What now? What do I focus on? What do I do with the knowledge I’ve gained?” I continue to process the sights, sounds, people, and knowledge I acquired while in Haiti. It continues to be a struggle in my mind. Things that prior to the trip would have seemed commonplace now shock my core as I see how much I have, and even worse, how much I have wasted.
Listening to God hasn’t been a strength of mine.…

Reflection on Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year B) by Fr. Jack Sullivan, MM

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Mar 15, 2015 2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23; Ephesians 2:4-10; John 3:14-21 Prepared by:
Fr. John Sullivan, MM “Rejoice Jerusalem! Be glad for her, you who love her, you who mourned for her…" Isaiah 66:10 We used to call this Sunday “Laetare” in Latin, Sunday, Rejoice Sunday. The presider at Mass still wears rose-colored vestments to remind us  that we are now half way between our death remembering Ash Wednesday and our life hopeful Resurrection Sunday. This Sunday’s Eucharistic Liturgy begins with these words of rejoicing in the middle of Lent, our time of awakening and repentance for our sins, our “missing the mark” in care and respect for ourselves and for all our sisters and brothers, the images of God among us. We rejoice knowing in faith that our brother Jesus lived, died and still lives among us; and that despite our infidelities, continues to send us messengers, warnings and hope calling us to love the Jerusale

The Eagle and the Chickens Story

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Once upon a time there lived a farmer who hunted in the woods.  While hunting, he often spotted an eagle. He told his wife that there was an eagle in the woods but she did not believe him. One day when he was in the woods he climbed to the top of the mountain.  He came across the eagle’s nest and in it there were a number of eggs. He grabbed one of the eggs to bring home to prove to his wife that there was an eagle in the woods . He showed the egg to his wife.  She said to him, “That is great, but now are you going to do with this egg?”  He did not know. She said, “Why not put it in the chicken coop with the other eggs and see if it hatches?”  So that is what he did. Lo and behold, the eagle egg hatched and the young eagle began to live among the other chicks and behave just like them.  It spend its days scratching the ground for worms and feed. One day a birdwatcher came to town searching for interesting birds. He went to a cafĂ© and, while he was ordering a cup of coffee, he asked the w…

Reflection for 3rd Sunday of Lent--Int'l Women's Day

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Mar 8, 2015 Exodus 20:1-17; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25 Prepared by:
Sr. Efu Nyaki, MM

As a Maryknoll missioner it is my pleasure to be able to reflect on the readings today which is Women’s International Day. I have been working with many different groups of women in the periphery of the northeastern city of Brazil for a little over 20 years. It brings me joy to share this reflection and the changes and transformations I have seen among these women which I believe depicts Jesus’ actions found in the gospel today in the story of the cleansing of the Temple. Many of us have heard women’s stories of pain, suffering and resurrection from all over the world. Thanks to International Women's Day that is celebrated in many countries around the world. According to the United Nations, “It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on p…