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Write for Rights 2017

On the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, people around the world again took part in Amnesty International’s global write-a-thon. Known as the Write for Rights, people write letters to convince government officials to release people imprisoned for expressing their opinion, and to end other human rights abuses.

This is the sixth year that the Sisters of St. Joseph in London have taken part in Write for Rights. This year, the Sisters wrote a total of 74 letters and 61 postcards to add to the global total. As of December 12, there were 1,304,742 letters, emails, petitions and cards sent by letter writers from all around the world.

To learn more about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, please visit: http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/

To support Amnesty International, please visit: https://www.amnesty.ca/

Guest Blogger Mary Kosta, Archivist, Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada 



Time to take stock

Our Christian tradition offers us the days of Advent as a chance to create a little more spaciousness within the busyness of our daily lives. Yes, Advent is a wonderful season, filled with the opportunity to take stock of what really matters. What matters more and more to me is the realization that, “all is one”.  As Thomas Merton, the American Catholic writer, theologian and mystic points out, “Contemplative Living is living in relationship with oneself, God, others and nature free of the illusions of separateness.”

Recently, to witness to this oneness, I have been trying to focus on three pivotal movements which I characterize as focusing my attention, forming my intention and aligning my actions. I consider that these three facets of being and doing are not distinct or isolated from one another but are intertwined as three graced activities. My Advent resolution is to become more aware of the individuals and circumstances which surround me throughout my day, more directed in my purpose which I better define through my morning reflections and more intent on matching my purpose with my choices which I review as my day ends. Becoming intentionally more centred on these movements will hopefully serve to better ground me to re-enter the busyness of life with better clarity and compassion.

You too may wish to adopt focusing your attention, forming your intention and aligning your actions as your contemplative living practice.

Nancy Wales, CSJ


Weekly Pause & Ponder

It has been proven in my life that when your prayers are about gratitude for what is already here, Creator and the universe ALWAYS send more. Always. When you pray for what you WANT, Creator and the universe only hear the wanting, and that’s what you create—more wanting. Be thankful, offer prayers of gratitude for the blessings already in your life, whether health, prosperity or productivity, and more blessings will come.

Embers, by Richard Wagamese, p. 142.


Advent - A Time of Waiting

I don’t think there is anyone that really enjoys waiting for something. Think about it for a minute, do you like to wait? The answer for most of us is an emphatic NO!!!  We hate sitting at the doctor’s office, lining up at the grocery till, stopping at the traffic light and even waiting for our coffee at Tim Horton‘s drive thru window. We simply do not like to wait. We spend a fair amount of time waiting and losing our cool.

I can’t help but think of the hundreds and thousands of years that Israel waited for the Messiah. Since Genesis a Redeemer had been promised and they waited and waited. Thinking Abraham was the one, then Isaac; then Jacob and David…years passed on…  They must have been so tired of waiting and I’m sure doubt set in. Until, in the most unexpected way, God showed up… in a manger! At the perfect time, in a perfect way. And God still does.

As we wait for Christmas Day to arrive and we celebrate our Savior’s birth let’s not forget the amount of time those in Israel had to wait for the birth of Jesus.

God cares about our wait just as much as God did theirs. Although the outcome won’t be as important as the birth of Jesus, there is purpose in our wait as well.

God is wanting to birth the miraculous out of our wait, just like God did the people in the Old Testament.

Mary Jo Fox, CSJ


Weekly Pause & Ponder

Meher Baba, the Avatar says: Love has to spring spontaneously from within, it is in no way amenable to any form of inner or outer force. Love and coercion can never to together. True love is unconquerable and irresistible. It goes on gathering power and spreading itself until eventually it transforms everything it touches. Humanity will attain a new mode of being and life through the free unhampered interplay of pure love from heart to heart.

The Conscious Activist: Where Activism Meets Mysticism by James O’Dea p. 226.


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