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A Chinese Riddle

by an unknown MMM author – undated      19.02.2022

Early MMMs A74 P70 resizedA Chinese riddle asks which is better ‘a teaching, a story or a greeting?’ The answer given is a greeting. Why we may ask: To greet is to bless, to bless is to greet, to greet is to expect a response. Every greeting has elements of anticipation: will I be welcomed, will I be included or will I be rejected and perhaps excluded?

We Are One

by Vera Grant AMMM      Ireland      17.02.2022

enhanced platforms interconnected world resizedWe waited, we prayed and we hoped the outcome would be the same. The same in that Rayan, the five-year-old Moroccan boy would survive as had the twelve Thai boys and their coach, trapped in an underground cave some eighteen months earlier.

I say ‘we’ to include my family, neighbours and friends who living here in Ireland felt so connected to those in a far away land keeping vigil for the safe return of a small boy who had fallen down a well.

Preserving the Past

  • by Lisa Murphy   MMM Archivist     Ireland    15.02.2022

Mother Mary Martin 2021 resizedOne of the most important jobs that an archivist does, is to ensure that the material we hold in the archive is preserved for the future. Without the proper care, environment and storage conditions, archival material is vulnerable and at risk of deteriorating over time. However, taking preventive measures can considerably extend the useful life of collections, and is usually much more cost-effective than interventive measures taken to remedy damage after deterioration has taken place.

Being a Missionary

by Sr. Jacinta Mahakwe  MMM       Nigeria/ Brazil        13.02.2022
Jacinta Mahakwe resizedIn one encounter during my pastoral work, a woman came up to me and struck a conversation. Accordingly, she is from Bahia, born in Itapuá and lives in Pituba. The places are nearby. She added that she cannot stand living away from home, family and friends and she visits home every weekend. Addressing me as little sister (irmázinha) she had a lot of questions and she want to understand how I could live far away Africa to Brazil for mission. She expressed worries for me, my family, my parents and siblings. As a mother, she wondered how they allowed me to travel so far to be a Missionary. Looking at her concerns, I reassured her that I am fine, and I am used to living far away from home. She promised to pray for me and to count on her support. Wow, the heart of a woman, a loving heart.

MMM Beginnings

by Lisa Murphy     MMM Archivist       Ireland    11.02.2022

PH Dom Marmions pen edit resizedOn the 11th of February 1936 Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide issued the decree Constans ac Sedula, enabling religious women to undertake work in all fields of medicine. This permitted Marie Martin's vision of a congregation of medically trained religious women to be realised. At that time, Marie Martin was on a retreat with the Benedictine nuns at Kylemore Abbey, County Galway which was being directed by Dom Bede Lebbe OSB from Glenstal Abbey.

An Open Door

by Sr. Sheila Campbell MMM    Ireland    09.02.2022

open doorSince the Covid-19 pandemic began we have all been with heightened awareness for the need for fresh air and ventilation. We have all our windows and, where possible, doors open. This morning I sat staring at the open door of our chapel when I went in to pray in the early morning.I love the symbol of the open door. It just offers up so much possibility. It is exciting. What is on the other side? I remember entering MMM so many years ago. The open door was a welcoming one. Come and see. Come and join our life. But the open door also has a touch of reality about it. It was kept open so that those who decided otherwise could also leave. The open door is really just an invitation, a liminal space between two worlds.

Daffodils 2022

by Sr. Noeleen Mooney MMM    Ireland    07.02.2022

daffodils 2 resizedOn 21st January this year, the first daffodil, long a long line of shrubs outside our chapel in Beechgrove, Drogheda, burst into bloom.
In retrospect, since I returned to live in Ireland six years ago, this has been a pattern.
At first I was annoyed. It didn’t fit with “my” idea of daffodils. They should be for Easter!
Of course that was before I realised that climate change and its effects has crept into our small island too. I am a slow learner.

First Days in MMM

 by Sr. Keresifon Clement Ekanem      Republic of Benin      04.02.2022
Keresifon Clement Ekanem resizedIt was a special day, the long-awaited day – Tuesday 13 August 2013; a day I was to begin another phase of life and I was full of enthusiasm about it. I arrived in our Postulants’ house in Mbribit Itam this day. I had a warm welcome from Sr. Benardette Unamah who was our Postulant Directress, and from my fellow postulants who arrived earlier before me. I was shown my room as well as given a meal. The next day came and we had an introduction of what the programme was all about and we were given time to relax, unpack and settle. Gradually we got rooted in the programme.

Spring Starts Today

by Sr. Sheila Campbell, MMM        Ireland      01.02.2022

daffodils resized“Spring starts today”. Well, that is what they say in Ireland, on the Feast of Saint Brigid, February 1st. Now usually there is the whole month of February ahead which can be one of the coldest months of the whole year in the Northern Hemisphere. But, this year, I know they are right. Why? Because our first daffodils arrived early, on January 21st.  A sign of an early Spring.

The Baby Sparrow

by Sr. Noeleen Mooney MMM          Ireland          30.01.2022

sparrow resizedNo one is immune to the presence of birds in our compound in Tanzania Whether we like them or see them as a nuisance, their presence is real and does affect us.

Most of us like the sound of the dawn chorus which these days can wake us up to the gift of a new day.

I believe we can learn much from birds.  This is the story of one bird, a sparrow.

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