My marriage announcement

By Marie-Paule Sanfaçon, m.i.c.

Yes, I want us all! Here is my marriage announcement, and everyone is invited to the joyful occasion.

A marriage with humanity, no less!

In a time when the world is being ravaged by wars, when walls are being built between nations and dictators are being applauded, we must draw up a marriage contract between politicians and the people, and bring them together in a spirit of fair justice and genuine love. Yes, I want us all means saying no to violence and hate, and saying yes to the respect of others and their differences.

The world has seen many Apostles of Peace: Gandhi, Jean Vanier, Mandela, Pope Francis, and certainly someone near you, in your entourage. They chose to walk in the footsteps of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus banned prejudice when He defended the adulterous woman, when He called Mathew the tax collector, and when He welcomed the thief on the cross. Jesus saw people clearly, right into their hearts.

Today, many young people are not afraid to show their faith. They don’t worry about what others might say and live according to their deepest convictions; they walk in Jesus’ footsteps. Some militate against hate in our societies, while others, more radical individuals dedicate their lives to Jesus’ mission, becoming ‘all things to all’, for the good of everyone.

You won’t need to bring gifts to this marriage. Instead, I ask you to banish every scornful word from your vocabulary, anything that might evoke hate or aversion, so that we might create a society of peace, respect, and love.

Christ came to establish a new land, His Kingdom. We are all invited, and it is up to us to respond to His invitation and take part in the ceremony. My marriage announcement is on the table. Yes, I want us all!

I await your response.

In focus – YES, I WANT US ALL!

Crying with the Poor of Malawi

By Huguette Ostiguy, m.i.c.

Malawi was once upon a time a beautiful prosperous land, with its large blue lake, mountains covered with trees, many small rivers of running water, large green gardens, children enjoying plenty of fruits falling from trees, and smiling people with welcoming hearts. Nowadays, when travelling throughout Malawi, one can feel so sad to see the naked mountains. There are now few fruit trees along the way, the streams are dry, and year after year the rain is scarce. People labor on their farm without having much to harvest. Thus 80% of the 17,500,000 people living in rural areas who rely on farming desperately struggle to survive. It is estimated that 6 million people will suffer from hunger before the next harvest. [ … ]