By Marie-Paule Sanfaçon, m.i.c.
In countries with hot climates, the inhabitants know what it’s like to be thirsty. In the city of Les Cayes, Haiti, researchers have located a plentiful spring, one that flows day and night. When it was first discovered, the people said: We will turn off our taps to save this precious water. But according to specialists: The water must flow at all times, otherwise the spring will be diverted.
Our current issue’s theme, Let Springs Flow, reminded me of this event. Inside each person flows a spring to be discovered, one that must be channelled, directed, developed, and shared. We must overcome our fear that it will dry up, and journey to the water tables of our selves to develop this precious treasure. We must help it grow from a simple trickle of water into a veritable cascade. Through Baptism, we were submerged in the spring of Love. It flows plentifully inside us. We are the ones who have to tap into it. Aurélie Caouette, recently proclaimed venerable, and DéliaTétreault both knew how to listen to this spring. Through their contemplative and missionary prayers, they shared God’s immense love with the world.
In the Gospel, the Lord asks the Samaritan woman for a drink: Give me a drink. And again, on the cross: I’m thirsty. What is Jesus asking for? Water? Perhaps. However, according to Saint John, the Christ is thirsty for love. We must have something to gain by rediscovering these plentiful springs inside us.
Are you thirsty? How many people strive towards an ideal and desire a life that bears plentiful fruit? Surveys have revealed that many people no longer believe in electoral promises or reports from journalists or other sources. Why? They are thirsty for the truth, for a society that is fair and just, for real achievements. These desires are the first steps along the path toward the true spring. Jesus was thirsty; the young and the old are also thirsty for this pure and plentiful water, this spring that regenerates the human soul and never dries up.
Are you thirsty? Inside this issue, you will find trickles and rivulets leading to the inexhaustible spring. Don’t turn off your tap! It will flow plentifully to quench the thirst of those who need it.
In Focus – LET SPRINGS FLOW?
S.O.S. Peru 2017
By Monique Fortier, m.i.c.
The importance of water in our lives is undeniable. It can save lives but it can also destroy. Recently in Peru, torrential rains caused rivers to overflow; massive mudslides swept away roads, bridges, and farms in the region of Huachipan. Families have lost everything. These devastations awakened the hearts to solidarity—reaching out to those most in need. The photos which we are publishing show the generosity and the ingenuousness of the people.
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