By Marie-Paule Sanfaçon, m.i.c.
When I entered my community, I chose it because it was Canadian and mission oriented. The Foundress, Délia Tétreault, originally from Marieville, QC, had established her first house in Montreal. In 1974, when I was in Haiti, I had quite a surprise when I heard the Superior General, Sr. Monique Préfontaine, declare that our community had become international. I was stunned… but I assure you, I regret nothing. Since then, my heart blossomed, it opened up to world-wide realities. What joy and how enriching it is to discover the beauty in all those different cultures.
Should it not be as such in our world of today? The global upheaval with its millions of migrants searching for a refuge in host countries and soliciting our welcoming hearts is an opportunity for all of us to discover the hidden beauty in other cultures. Haitians, Arabs, Asians, or Africans, it does not matter who they are. As we get to know them, the Lord opens our minds to wonderful surprises. The world-wide community invites us to have universal hearts.
At the end of a Eucharistic celebration, which took place during an international gathering of our MIC community, we experienced the fraternal joy of being together. No matter the color, or the place of origin, it was with affection that our arms encircled one another in an expression of love and unity. Outsiders who were present observed the scene and commented: Look how they love one another. And someone else added: To think that some people are racist, they do not know this happiness…
Throughout this year, we will offer some points for consideration in light of the many social changes that disturb us. Often we feel invaded by the newcomers. However, upon reflection, have they not come to give us a helping hand? Everywhere we see signs that read: WE ARE HIRING! We do need manpower. Let us trust the newcomers and let us help them live through their losses by offering them the two fundamental pillars of becoming integrated in another culture: language and employment.
As you read the content in this issue, may your heart respond to the daily needs and challenges of today’s society. We wish to offer you the happiness of experiencing the richness of internationality. However, we need not choose, it comes as God’s surprises.
By Rosa Yung, m.i.c.
I was born in a large family of twelve, five boys and seven girls; I am the tenth. After my birth my mother paralysed and was treated with Chinese medicine. Consequently, I was absorbing that medication; due to lack of nourishment, my immune system was weak. After a few months I had small pox, my parents did not think I would survive. The hospital was not their choice so they kept me at home and treated me with precaution and much tender loving care. Gradually, I recovered but I remained the tiniest and smallest one of the family.
My parents were extremely devoted to the Buddhist doctrine . This religion was handed down to us from generation to generation. However, strange as it may seem, they sent me to a Catholic school. I was six years old when I began to hear about God. Rosa Yung m.i.c. I studied with the Canossian Sisters for a period of seven years. They used to take the students to the chapel; this is where I learned how to pray and to know God [ … ]