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Advent Twilight Reflection

On Wednesday, December 3, the Montreal CNDs and associates met at the deSève residence to a twilight reflection. Two visitors joined us, inquiring about associate relationship. Sister Joan Foliot led us in the theme of the Journey to Mount Zion. Following a well-researched presentation, we were invited to spend 30-minutes in silent prayer considering several questions relating to the mountain experience and the extended hand of God. During a second section, we considered Trust and Light. In the finale the lights were extinguished and one central candle was lit representing the Pascal candle; and each participant lit a small light as we contemplated our call to light the world. On the suggestion of Gloria Schneike, associate, all were invited to contribute food for the poor, a gesture to symbolize our solidarity with those in need. During this Advent season, we were privileged to have access to an intimate evening of prayer and sharing prepared and presented so lovingly by Sister Joan. Many thanks! 


Human rights 365

Every year, on December 10, Human Rights Day is observed to mark the date on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming its principles as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.”

“This year’s slogan, Human Rights 365, encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day. It celebrates the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values.”

Book Review

Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads (Loyola Press, 2013, 155 pages).



So many books out there about Pope Francis! How to choose? One of my happy selections is this book by Chris Lowney, Managing Director with JP Morgan and Co., author, and one-time Jesuit seminarian. This is not the usual kind of biography; it is more like a case study about leadership – understanding a mission and being an example of how to live it; giving invitation and example, not orders. Interviews with people who have journeyed with Pope Francis describe his leadership qualities and skills; workable ideas that can be appreciated and practiced by pastors, parents, principals and prelates, and by any of us who exercise leadership in any capacity. The book’s author believes this book is for all of us. It gets us thinking about why we are so often disappointed in leaders, and how we might imagine (articulate, even) inspiring new ways to be leaders and affirm leaders. 

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