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Trust in God

 by  Sr. Sheila Campbell   MMM            Ireland            24.06.2022

stone wall resizedWhen Mother Mary Martin was in her early sixties, she wrote to one of the Sisters: “The great thing is to learn from our failings and not be discouraged. This discouragement is a subtle form of pride.”   I was thinking about this recently when I was planning some work for later this year and feeling discouraged and downbeat at the prospect.

Reaching the Diamond

by Sr. Helen Aherne MMM           Ireland             22.06.2022

diamond resizedHave you ever thought you were younger than you really are and feel?
Just lately I was browsing through the recent MMM internal newsletter and saw my name and the date - 3 OCT 2022. It was a list of all the Sisters who were celebrating their Diamond Jubilee this year. Diamond – that means sixty years since I made my First Profession of Vows.

No, that can’t be me, I thought. They have made a mistake. I must write to them. Then I looked at the other names. Oh, my God, I knew them all. They were all my contemporaries. I re-read all the names again and it slowly dawned on me that the editor of the newsletter was correct. Sixty years have passed.

Mother - a poem

by Sr. Bernadette Fadegnon     Rep. Benin/Brazil           20.06.2022

Sr. Bernadette wrote this poem to celebrate Mothers Day which falls on different dates in the year, depending on the country.  In her home country, Republic of Benin, it falls on May 29th. In Brazil, her local community offered a special Mother's week of celebrations which included massage and refexology.

mother and baby hands resizedDear Woman, dear Mother,
I celebrate you with a gentle touch
knowing very well that you are emotionally weighed down,
and you silently cope with it all.

Blood Donation

by Sr. Prisca Ovat  MMM     Kenya     18.06.2022

blood test resizedAs a postulant of the Medical Missionaries of Mary, first grasped the concept of lifesaving from the moment I was needed for blood donation to a dying mother of a set of twins.  I thought of me as a heroine until I realized that it was nothing extraordinary as two others also donated at the same time.

Day of Delight

By Sr. Margaret Anne Meyer   MMM         U.S.A.         16.06.2022
 
background resizedRecently I received an email inviting me to a Spring Day of Delight: Art and Meditation.  Now what is this, I thought to myself?   It seemed to be a way of reflection on Scripture using Meditative art practices.  I was curious, so I enrolled.

Listening

by Sr. Sheila Campbell   MMM  Ireland   14.06.2022

Sheila small readingThe other day I wanted to read and I wanted to sew at the same time.  Bother!  I needed my eyes for the sewing, so I set myself up with an audio book instead of reading and I sat down for a pleasant few hours.  Now, the book I had chosen was “Emma”, by Jane Austen.  It is an English classic set in the Regency period.  But the reader was American.  It jarred with me initially but I soon became engrossed in the familiar story.

Family Life Today

By Sr. Prisca Ovat, MMM        Kenya        12.06.2022

family resizedEveryone is born into a family, not by choice, but divine plan. Through the family unit, we learn to appreciate where we are, its goodness and complexities. Pope Francis published the encyclical – Amoris Laetitia, modelling the family after the Holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. In his exhortation, he said, “No family drops down from heaven perfectly formed; families constantly need to grow and mature in the ability to love.” Ethical and cultural values aimed at family togetherness and societal flourishment are essential for this growth process.
St. Mary’s Medical Centre was founded around the slums of Kapsoya in Eldoret, Kenya. One of its initial intents was to offer relief to orphans of deceased HIV parents through daily provisions of lunch and education. Out of the hundreds who have received support, two occasionally return to the facility to work, to give back – one as a medical doctor and the other as a medical student.

Smiles

 by Mary Coffey  AMMM        Ireland        10.06.2022
 
shafaq resizedA newborn baby is expected to reach certain key developmental milestones. One such milestone is that a baby should “smile with meaning” at six weeks. That means a smile that can focus, and it is a cause of great joy for those with whom the baby first engages with that meaningful smile.

Covid ushered in an era of masks and we have heard it said that we must make sure that our smiles reach our eyes. This was brought home to me at least twice in the early days of Covid when somebody, for example, held a door open for me and reacted somewhat angrily when I just sailed on through with no acknowledgement. No hint of my body language said “Thank you.“ My reaction was to say to myself: “But I smiled, didn’t I?” Then it dawned on me that maybe my smile was not reaching my eyes.

#BeHumanKind: With the Red Cross

by Sr, Ese Idogen MMM        Nigeria           08.06.2022

Marie Martin in her VAD uniform 1915 resizedJust recently, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement celebrated its one hundred and fifty-nine years of foundation. I decided to look through the pages of some of the national societies on the internet. When I opened the page of the British Red Cross, a question popped “did your ancestor volunteer during the war?” ‘Oh yes’ I said proudly to myself. She did! Marie Martin did!

Vocation

by Sr. Jo Anne Kelly  MMM      Ireland       06.06.2022

light for others resizedVocation –A call from God, Everyone gets that call. In the scripture for Vocation Sunday we read: “The Lord said I have made you a Light for the nations”  Who would not want to be a shining light for others? That’s our vocation..

One morning I visited the grave of a close friend of mine who died recently. A quiet unassuming woman she was truly a shining light as a totally dedicated doctor who saved the lives of numerous women and children, helped to keep marriages together through her advice re natural family planning, and passed on her skills to new doctors year after year. She was equally a shining light when she gave a listening ear to us in community, shared her reflections on a passage of scripture, produced a beautiful handmaid Feastday or Birthday card, or sang a song at a party.

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