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Our Lady of Guadalupe – Our Lady of the Peripheries

It’s all about accompaniment. When Mary heard that Elizabeth was expecting, she “went in haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah” (Luke 1:39). A relative “in her old age” would need help, and the mothers-to-be had to talk. The gospel leaves us to imagine their joy, their apprehension, and their hope — mothers whose sons would be prophets and martyrs, yet through whom God would bring down the mighty from their thrones and lift-up the humblest of his people. Mary accompanied Elizabeth. Later Mary would be deeply drawn into the life of her people, because of her son. And in Guadalupe the story continues. Mary again comes in haste to accompany the humblest, the ones who need her next to them — who have much to confide about their hopes and fears, about being poor or stepped on, about feeling unimportant because of their race or color. Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe is Our Lady of the Peripheries, the mother who shows us where her son can be found. Rev. William E. Reiser, S.J. –

Clara Nasello, CND

Human Rights Day 2018

The P.E.I. Human Rights Commission and the Town of Stratford welcomed residents to Human Rights Day, Monday Dec.10th. The session began with lunch provided by the town and several ethnic groups. Among the guests present was Lieutenant Governor Antoinette Perry. In her remarks she stressed that all people are born free and equal. Her Honour told us how she sought to promote this among her students when she was teaching. Several speakers quoted Eleanor Roosevelt who asked, "Where do we begin? In small places, close to home where it may be so small it is not even noticed.”

The most impressive part of the program was the performance by the Honour Choir, Stratford Elementary, who sang Free to Be You and Me. The choir also sang Sometimes I Wonder, composed by the music teacher, Ellen Davies.

The whole event was a very thought-provoking experience. Many references were made of the impact of Viola Desmond on society.

Anne H. MacDonald, CND


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