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Fourth Week of Advent, December 21, 2014

As I enter into a reflection on the Gospel this 4th Sunday (Luke 1:26-38; The Annunciation Story), I am struck by the walk we have all taken together on this Advent e-journey.   I love all of your juxtapositions of the perfect pottery, polished silver, perfectly knitted sweaters and delicately blown glass with the “cracked pots”, “tarnished silver”, “Holy, holey sweaters” and “molten” balls of glass with “minds of their own”.    I love Sr. Joan’s consideration of an “inner-active” Advent combined with Gwen’s thoughts on actively and outwardly participating as “co-creators” in bringing about Christmas. 

These juxtapositions are so beautifully alive in the Annunciation story.     Mary was invited by God to bring Christ into the world, but was not a passive participant in the story.   Mary’s strength and active role shines through as she ponders, questions and ultimately reaches her own decision in response to the invitation.

Ultimately, the story of the Annunciation is an active story of discernment.    Each of us, from one day to another, lives the story of the Annunciation and is invited in different ways by God to play the roles of the Angel Gabriel and Mary.  As Mary learns of her cousin’s pregnancy, we are also invited to “enter the story” as Elizabeth (Fran Ferder).  Sometimes we are the Angel Gabriel.  Sometimes we are Mary.  Sometimes we are Elizabeth.

(painting of the Visitation by Sr. Andrée Maheu, CND)

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Advent Celebration in Kingston

We had a great turnout of sisters and associates for the Advent celebration on December 7, 2014 in Kingston, Ontario. Sister Kay Duffin presented and spoke about being open to go where the Lord leads you. Sister Kay told her story of how she attended a lengthy retreat during her sabbatical and how with an open mind and an open heart, one can deepen their relationship with Christ.

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News from our Visitation Province Sisters (English Canada)

May the miracle of Christmas

fill your day with wonder,

your life with beauty,

and your heart with gladness. 

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