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Being at Home

by unknown MMM author   Undated     Ireland   04.06.2022

Mother Mary 1 resized‘There’s no place like home’, or ‘home is where the heart is’ are expressions we regularly hear and use. Yet when Mary set out to visit Elizabeth she left her own home. The bewildering news she had herself received and the news about her cousin prompted her to go to Elizabeth. All that defined home for Mary could be left. Mary set out, the kernel of home within her; securely rooted, rooted securely. Within herself Mary had Jesus and so she had a place where she was at ease with herself, at home with herself. As she journeyed peace walked with her.

Looking out the window

by Sr. Sheila Campbell, MMM   Ireland   02.06.2022
highland ave resizedHere I am, sitting in my armchair and just looking out the window. What do I see? Just an ordinary street scene. There is a man from the house opposite unloading boxes from his car. A woman and her two small children pass by right below our house. Maybe they are going to school. They will arrive a bit late, I imagine! The traffic is light because the morning rush has passed. An elderly man is walking his dog, stopping every few paces as the dog examines each tree. A fairly typical morning scene, unremarkable.

Feast of the Visitation - MMM @ 85

by Sr. Prisca Ovat MMM     Kenya      31.05.2022
Eldoret 2022 Srs Agatha Bakahirwa Prisca Ovat and Ukachi Ibeh resizedAwakening to this beautiful day, and conscious of the great day which we celebrate, a day without which none would be here, we pondered on an invitation from the Congregational Leader to “ dream of where we will be 85 years from now, or even 10”. Like wishes, dreams offer hope, whether true or false, but we always dare to dream.

Together with AMMMs and staff, we reflected on the meaning of the visitation and how this encounter inspires our actions to go in haste to meet a human need. Mary’s selfless service becomes an invitation for us all to be mindful of the vulnerable with us.

Thank you

by Sr. Sheila Campbell MMM     Ireland     29.05.2022

pink flowerThis morning I came across a quote from Meister Eckhart:

“If the only prayer you say in your entire life is ‘thank you,’ that is enough.

I stopped to look at those words because I am aware of how much in my life I just take for granted.  I have a roof over my head, I am well fed, I can read and write and I know I will be looked after in my old age.  How many people alive on our planet today can say the same?  All the recent emphasis on climate change has sharpened our awareness of how the resources of the world are unevenly divided. 

Ten Young Women

by Sr. Liana de Jesus  MMM       Brazil/Kenya         27.05.2022
International Postulants resizedThe international MMM postulancy community in Nairobi, Kenya is composed of ten young women who are at the beginning stages of learning what religious life is all about.  It is a time of discernment, when each young woman seeks to answer the question,” Am I being called to follow God in this Religious Congregation, or has God other plans for me?”.  This year (2022) there are ten, two Ugandans, two Tanzanians, one Kenyan and five Nigerians. 

Shepherding the Shepherds

by Mary Coffey  AMMM          Ireland        25.05. 2022

shepharding resizedGlencairn Cistercian Abbey in Co Waterford, Ireland is my favourite place to respond to God’s invitation to “come away to some lonely place and rest for a while.” It is a place of gentle silence but also a place where we, the guests, may share our faith journeys with each other, and our understanding of God’s call in our lives. This is often over a cup of tea, after the Great Silence has descended, and when we know that we should be in bed! The bell tolls at 3.50 for the nuns to rise from their slumber and to begin their prayer before dawn.

Rosemount

by an early MMM author  c.1987       Ireland         23.05.2022
Rosemount resizedThis is the story of a house, a very special house for the Medical Missionaries of Mary. A house whose name is heard far and wide. “Rosemount” was the first home in Ireland for Mother Mary Martin and her young Congregation when they started in 1937. It has been ‘home’ for many Sisters over the last fifty years. Daily they set out to hospitals, university and other places of ‘learning’ preparing for their future missionary work.

Divine Intervention

by Vera Grant AMMM       Ireland        21.05.2022
I have known Sr. Jude Walsh since 2003 when I became an Associate with the MMMs. When I spoke of this decision to become an Associate Sr. Jude always said, 'It's Divine Intervention.'
Sr Jude saw God's hand in all aspects of daily living and the use of words like 'good luck, a coincidence, fortuitous, by chance were never in her vocabulary.
As Sr Jude approaches her 101st birthday in August she has been an inspiration. Her insight, her wisdom, her acceptance and her steadfast faith has been a wonderful motivator to all of us and especially the Associates.
Let me not forget her wonderful sense of humour and story-telling which I miss so much in these days when Covid forces isolation and restricts visits.
Let's hope this too will pass as I feel I have so much more to learn from one of the best.
Now, let me tell you what happened….

golf ball resizedWe misread the signals. The not showing up, the arriving late, forgoing the car to walk and a sense of distance from reality.
We thought she was grieving following the death of her husband.
We thought she was maybe depressed.

Prayer and Healing

by Sr. Sheila Campbell  MMM   Ireland      19.05.2022

door handle resizedDid you ever wonder why some people seem to cope well with life’s difficulties and other people just can’t cope at all? I was thinking about this the other day when I was thinking about all the people I have cared for as a nurse. There was a young couple I looked after during the early years of the AIDS pandemic in Brazil. The young husband became positive, and then sick,  due to a single use of an injection of heroin when he was a teenager. He met and married a young woman called Cynthia. When I met them, they had their first child and Carlos was beginning to have symptoms. Carlos just gave up on life and died within a few months, but Cynthia was more resilient. She had her baby daughter to care for. She told me once that she hoped to live long enough to see her daughter married. And indeed, she did. Along came anti-retroviral therapy and her health remained steady.

Healing Charism and Art

by Sr. Liana de Jesus  MMM     Brazil/Kenya       17.05.2022
Liana de Jesus resizedI am discovering that one of my strongest gifts is art. I was not even aware of how much I can be creative through art. This has enlightened me about the young people as I work with the youth here in Nairobi. I now see how powerful this type of work can be, and make a difference in people`s lives. It also brings beauty to where ever it is displayed. Besides beauty, it helps to bring awareness of how one can use recycled things and use them creatively in art work in order to bring colour to our environment. It helps to release stress and bring out positive emotions. It can also help to improve, in a way, one`s self-esteem.

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