Editorial

Letting Go

By Marie-Paule Sanfaçon, m.i.c.

Life is filled with surprises, both good and bad. How should we approach them? Our deepest self doesn’t always react well to changes that disrupt our daily routine. Letting go is realizing that, while we can’t change life’s unexpected events, we can change our perception of them. Letting go is about being flexible, accepting the inevitable, resisting internal struggles, and saying yes to life. During hard times, our faith is a bottomless well of happiness and inner peace. When we chose the current issue’s theme, What Remains?, we were thinking about all the difficult moments that eventually occur in one’s life: the death of a loved one, a sudden illness, an unexpected move, a disagreement, etc. These moments leave scars. The Lord himself experienced it in the Garden of Olives: “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will” (Lk 22:42). This was more than a mere acceptance; it was an acceptance in faith. Presently, a page of our MIC history is being written—the sale of our Mother House. What remains? A multitude of memories are written on these walls, and especially in our hearts. We could cry and complain, but we won’t. Today, life calls us to move forward, and we need to welcome it with unwavering trust. Let us rekindle our faith and look to the future. Each article in this issue asks us to let go and find enduring happiness. Soon, we will be preparing for Christmas and celebrating the arrival of God incarnate, who came among us to share our joys and our pains. How many displacements did he experience? Very many! When he became a nomad, he rarely had a place to rest his head. (Lk 9:58) When we are confronted by life’s difficulties, let us turn to the One who understands our distress. Let us go with Him in good faith towards a better tomorrow. What remains? Good memories, forgiveness in our hearts, and shared loved. These are our wishes for the New Year – Let 2017 be filled with joy, faith and spontaneity. A Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!

In Focus – WHAT REMAINS?

Out of Necessity

By Marie-Paule Sanfaçon, m.i.c.

When time comes to plan the future it means looking reality in the face, studying the situation, making the right decision, and following through, sometimes at a heavy cost. Nowadays, many seniors must go through this difficult process. The same goes for us missionaries. Today, we are saying goodbye to our Mother House, located at 314 Côte-Sainte-Catherine Road, Montreal, Quebec.

From Fiction to Reality

Perhaps you’ve seen The Passion of Augustine (La passion d’Augustine), a French Quebec film directed by Léa Pool and starring Céline Bonnier? It was well loved by audiences and won several awards. The movie depicts a very relatable experience: when the music school she has devoted her life to shuts down, Sister Augustine finds herself at a crossroad. This fiction is a reality for our aging population; unfortunately they are faced with these kinds of displacements every day.

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