We Wait in Hope


Touching and tender words by CND Sheila Sullivan about Sister Gilberte Bussière, also a CND who was recently abducted in northern Cameroon along with two Italian priests. We wait and hope and pray.

Originally posted on My Weekly Reflections:

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My heart is heavy as I begin to write this blog. It has been four days since we learned the very sad news that one of our Sisters and two Italian priests had been abducted in northern Cameroon. We continue to wait in hope and to pray for our Sister, the priests, their respective families, our Sisters in Cameroon, and those responsible for this deed, that their hearts will be touched with compassion. The news of this event has shocked and saddened all the Sisters of the Congregation de Notre-Dame, but it has also brought us together. Like all “families” we sometimes have our differences. Personality and cultural differences can create tensions, but when one of our members or an area of our Congregation suffers, we all suffer. This was true at the time of the Tsunami in Japan, and it is very real now. There is a…

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Chanting a Christmas countdown

Originally posted on CNS Blog:

Lit candle seen on Advent wreath during Mass in Crypt Church at national shrine in Washington

An Advent wreath at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. The wreath, which holds four candles, is a main symbol of the Advent season, with a new candle lit each Sunday before Christmas. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis gave a plug for the “O Antiphons” in his homily today, urging people to recite these beautiful expressions of longing for the coming of the Messiah.

He said these prayers get people in the right spirit of humility, to empty their hearts of “sterile” pride, so they can be filled with God’s grace.

The  “O Antiphons” are seven prayers that are recited on the days immediately before Christmas, beginning Dec. 17. They introduce the Magnificat, or canticle of Mary, at evening prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours.

The prayers — scriptural texts just a few lines long, begin with “O” and include…

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Papacy began 13 March 2013
Predecessor Benedict XVI
Ordination 13 December 1969
by Ramón José Castellano
Consecration 27 June 1992
by Antonio Quarracino
Created Cardinal 21 February 2001
by John Paul II
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Birth name Jorge Mario Bergoglio
Born 17 December 1936 (age 77)
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On pilgrimage

Originally posted on Cacoethes scribendi : A Seminarian's Blog:

Dear readers… It’s starting to get more and more challenging to blog… Today, in fact marks the beginning of the school year for us here in the seminary. This evening, we’ll be in the Namur seminary for a lecture, Mass and a small buffet dinner. But these last few days leading up have been extremely busy as we did a couple of mini pilgrimages together to areas in and around Belgium.

The first place we visited was a priory of Cluny. Priories are churches/monasteries that were established by one bigger monastery in some other place and remain dependent upon their founding monastery. This one, coming once more from the massive monastery of Cluny, is called St. Sèverin and it’s about an hour’s drive from where we live. Us seminarians along with the priest who’s in charge of us went there to spend the day together before all the craziness of…

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