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Christmas in Huambo, Angola

 by Sr. Beatrice Iyioku, MMM      Nigeria      21.12.2021
Beatrice Iyioku resized 210322The birth of a child comes with so much joy, fulfilled hopes and an end to long anticipation. The birth of Jesus at Christmas comes also with its uniqueness. Christmas seasons are very dear times which brings me to reflect upon that great gift of God to humanity; the incarnation of God.

An opportunity to celebrate it with my sisters in community, loved ones and family is a great and a wonderful experience. With these joys, longings, desires and openness, I arrived at my community of mission in Huambo, Angola.

What a Child!

Sr. Prisca Ovat, MMM    Kenya 20.12.2021What A Child 2021

Several generations have passed, yet Christmas remains. Our faith in the divine incarnation remains alive and even stronger than the time of this original event. Why do we have to go through this every year? Would it be appropriate to say it is due to its woven bling (cards, lights, trees, Santa Claus, travelling and partying)? Are there still more cherished values to Christmas? Beyond provoked personal answers, a fact remains evident to us Christians. The nativity story is God’s engrained glory and memory in human history. Hence, we approach this mystery not with slippery but bravery hope. 

Christmas in Hospital

by Sr Helen Spragg, MMM   England  20.12.2021helen spragg resized 1001a

No one wants to be in hospital at Christmas. But, for those that have to be there, the Christmas message may bring some comfort in the midst of their suffering. My hope and prayer is that we can all find comfort knowing that, out of love, God became human and is now our gentle companion who understands our human condition. This is confirmed for me as each day I see the Christmas story reflected in the lives of the patients in the hospital.

Christmas in New Mexico

by Ann Hook AMMM    U.S.A.    19.12.2021

christmas crib wooden resized 210322As I look back over the past fifty years, I see how the Christmas traditions I hold dear have changed.

A Family Christmas in Tanzania

by Moira Brehony   AMMM    Ireland/Tanzania  18.12.2021

Christmas celebration Tanzania 210322As a family we have spent Christmas in East Africa for more than thirty years. What makes Christmas so special is that preparation for Christmas day begins one week before the big day. Assembling the crib of our African figurines and local kanga material and putting up a sisal Christmas tree. Christmas has always been a family occasion and on Christmas eve the youngest member present places the infant Jesus in the crib and we light the Christmas candle. This year we are so blessed with our new granddaughter being the youngest member of the family, at seven-months-old baby Enya Joan Hills Brehony with help from her parents Peadar and Lucy will perform this task. We are not bombarded by the commercial scenes, so for us Christmas is a time of sharing what we have with those who have so little. 

The 'O' Antiphons

by Sr. Sheila Campbell MMM   Ireland   17.12.2021

Crib in Somerville 2021Let’s be honest here. Before I entered MMM I had never heard of the ‘O’ antiphons.  I am sure I am not alone!  They are short prayers said each evening during the Divine Office on the seven days between December 17th and December 23rd.  They are a kind of preparation for Christmas but a celebration in their own right.  Each prayer begins with a title “O Wisdom”, “O Adonai”, O Key of David” and so on. 

Seeing in a new way

by Sr. Noeleen Mooney, MMM  Ireland  16.12.2021

microscopeI never cease to be in awe of the fact that simply looking down a microscope can be enough to recognize the cause of some of the most common parasitic and bacterial diseases.   My early years in laboratory training had a lot to do with microscopic things.  I learnt many mysteries of the unseen world from Gerry McDonnell and Dick Reilly in the laboratory of our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.  It was a bit different from nursing (my initial learning) but very much to do with healing.  It helps to ensure that people get the correct treatment.  For many years I was involved in teaching others, mostly through basic training programmes of three to six months.

Lighting a Candle


by Sr. Sheila Campbell MMM  Ireland  13.12.2021  

lit candle resizedYesterday I went to our parish church for Mass and, as I arrived early, sat watching as other people came in.  
The first old man who arrived took his time and shuffled up to the side altar and lit a candle to Our Lady. 

Memories of Mother Mary Martin 1

by Paddy Townley, Drogheda    Ireland  11.12.2021

PADDY TOWNLEY EX IMTH PORTER WEDDING WITH MOTHER MARY 2021The Teddy Boys: I have a memory of Mother Mary Martin. It was one evening the Teddy boys had a big fight downtown. There were about 10 Teddy boys, and they were taken to Casualty in the Hospital by six Guardai (policemen). The guards had to keep them in the front hall and separate them forcibly into two groups. Things looked bad as the Teddy Boys were fighting still. At this time Mother Mary Martin came in the door.

The Tiny Miracle

by Sr. Prisca Ovat, MMM  Kenya 08.12.2021

Prisca in Eldoret 2021While some may refer to this as a tiny miracle, it is, for us, a huge success. Stephen Macharia was a successful taxi driver who first suffered a stroke and shortly afterwards a fall, resulting in a dislocation on his already paralyzed hand. His life is all around a wheelchair – an unimaginable, sudden traumatic experience of immobility and dependence.

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