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Itinerancy is a fundamental disposition of the heart, a posture of readiness for God’s compelling claim on our lives for mission. 

Some things simply come to an end: . . . our work, living situations, life itself. There is no choice but to let go and to move forward into the unknown.

But itinerancy of the heart is chosen, cultivated. It is not an automatic posture, given the human tendency to settle into the familiar. But it is a virtue long honored in religious life. Inner itinerancy keeps us appropriately dislodged for outer movement towards the God who is coming to us from the future.

These words from “Celebrating Itinerancy” by Pat Farrell, OSF (from LCWR Update, May 2013) inspired and challenged us during our November 2-3 meeting. We invite you to bring them to your reflection and prayer as well.

 

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Remembrance and Gratitude

November is a month of remembrance and gratitude, from the start of the month with All Saints Day and All Souls Day to the end of the month with Thanksgiving Day. We remember with gratitude those we love who have died, and whom we believe are with God in eternal life.

Twelve years ago, the then Pope Benedict XVI wrote a letter, an encyclical, Spe Salve, which is Latin for “In Hope We Are Saved.” This letter to all the people of God still stands as a masterpiece of consolation for any who have lost a loved one in death, and for any who have lost someone with whom they were angry and never reconciled. Death is hard in both realities.

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Ottawa celebrates Marguerite Bourgeoys's 400th

On November 2 over 120 gathered at St. Paul's University for a morning with Kathleen Deignan CND to listen, participate and reflect on the theme, "Daring to Dream a New World into Being" followed by lunch.

Using examples from Marguerite's life we were each challenged to carry on this dream both now and into the future.

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