By Marie-Paule Sanfaçon, m.i.c.
Just a few weeks ago, I was glued to my television screen, watching the performance of athletes from all over the world at the Beijing 2022 Olympics. Always higher, always faster, always giving it their all to win medals.Then, there it was: Canada’s first gold medal! Max Parrot, a cancer survivor from the province of Quebec, was now a gold medalist in slopestyle snowboarding. I was filled with admiration for his achievement and with emotion as I listened to Canada’s national anthem played on Chinese land. My heart was filled with pride for the courage of this young athlete who lives the motto, hope, dream, achieve.
These young athletes have overcome many obstacles to gain their victories: daily effort with- out respite. Whether they are tired or not, they must go on. Sometimes suffering harassment from coaches, and even psychological abuse, their strength is conquering the promised victory. Nowadays, competition is fierce. Athletes cannot afford to make mistakes.Victory is calculated by the centimetre and the second. How demanding!
Hope, Dream, Achieve
In our ever-changing world, performance always demands more and ambition wants more. Life has its demands, and many people dream of achieving their deepest desires at the cost of many renun- ciations. Are they not the athletes of Life? Women like Marie Rivier, Pauline Jaricot, Délia Tétreault gave the best of themselves to help humanity, while making the benefits of God known. Their motto, of mutual aid, solidarity and compassion, was rooted in the words of Jesus: I came so that they might have life, and have it in abundance...May these texts inspire us to want to commit our- selves to change for the better. Let us be athletes of Life.
By Micheline Marcoux, m.i.c.
At the time of writing, the 2022 Winter Olympics are taking place in China.This high-level sporting event introduces us to some of the best athletes in the world. Fuelled by an immense desire in their heart, they travel quite a road to get to that ultimate goal of winning a medal and standing on the podium. It’s the culmination of a dream! Every image having its limits, this reminds me of other people who have distinguished themselves, this time on the path to holiness. Yes, you read that right, sanctity! Let me introduce you to three passionate women: Marie Rivier, Pauline Jéricho and Delia Tétreault.
Foundresses with hearts aflame
In the Church, important events were taking shape in 2022 for these three women, founders with heart afire! Beyond time and space, a special bond united Delia to her two predecessors, Mary and Pauline. On the road to holiness, each one distinguished herself answering a personal call to respond to a real need in their time—a call that changed their lives and continues to influence ours today...
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