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Birds' Nests

by Sr. Noeleen Mooney MMM       Ireland   24.04..2022

birds nestHave you ever wondered about birds’ nests? No, I don’t mean the size, shape or colour of them. What really amazes me is how they stay together. I mean how does the builder get the first few twigs to form a sturdy foundation if it is perched precariously on the sometimes-slender branches of a tall tree? Does it ever fall down and have to be rebuilt? I’m not sure, since I have never really watched the early stages closely enough, and nests are usually inconspicuous until almost completed.

MMM and Franciscan Collaboration

Guest blog by Sr. Joyce Zarnick OSF         U.S.A.          22.04.2022
Sr Joyce Zarnik OSF resizedI’d like to speak of how the collaboration between the Franciscans and the Medical Missionary of Mary began.  I am Sister Joyce, a Franciscan from Clinton, Iowa.  After teaching junior high for 42 years, I realized that I needed something a bit easier to do with my life.  So, I retired from formal education and started looking for a new means of service.  I found it in a diocesan newsletter sent to all religious in the Chicago area.  Each month there is a column which lists any opportunities for employment.

Every Day Earth Day

By Nadia Ramoutar   MMM Communications Coordinator         Ireland       21.04.2022

Isn’t it a pity every day is not considered Earth Day, not just tomorrow?seeds sprouting

When issues of climate change are limited to scientific arguments we often miss the bigger picture for our Earth. The impacts are not only physical but have emotional, spiritual, economic and gender contexts. For the MMMs, we are actively working in many environmental issues to help improve the quality of life for some of the world’s most vulnerable people in Brazil and Africa. We see healing in broad strokes and realise that helping have access to clean water, healthy food and ways to overcome hunger are very important. This Spring we have been celebrating “The Seeds of Hope.” Our appeal has been to share our skills and resources with the most vulnerable people to sowing seeds – literally and metaphorically.

The Therapists

by Sr. Prisca Ovat, MMM          Kenya       20.04.2022  
therapists resizedTwelve masseuses and masseurs recently graduated from the East African Institute for certified studies. Sr. Prisca and 11 other palliative caregivers were generously funded by Misean Cara to avail this course. Unique about this group was their varying academic qualifications. From primary school dropouts to medical officers and degree holders, we all learnt at the same pace when it came to massage. None was more qualified than the other. Respect was crucial to us, undetermined by educational level. The main focus was learning to the best of our capabilities to optimise our patients’ care.

Going to Galilee

by Sr. Jo Anne Kelly MMM        Ireland       18.04.2022

he is risen resizedFor some years I lived in Ibadan, Nigeria. It is a vast city with a huge population. Many of the people of our parish lived in overcrowded apartments with inadequate shared facilities and an unreliable source of water especially in the long dry season. But there was nothing inadequate about their zest for life, their ability to make the best of what they had, and their belief in a God who “was in control “of everything.

Do not cling to me

by Sr. Sheila Campbell, MMM     Ireland        17.04.2022
sunrise resizedToday we celebrate the Risen Christ. Alleluia! But do we really understand the full meaning of the Risen Christ? The older I get in years, the more I realize that I am only at the beginning of my understanding.

I Feel Sad Tonight

by Sr. Monica Prendergast MMM      Ireland/Uganda        16.04.2022
 
A reflection on the grief of a mother whose child died from malnutrition
pieta resizedLord, I feel sad tonight.
I lift up to you that poor mother I saw today.
Comfort her broken heart and
O Lord, comfort all mothers who mourn
But especially mothers
     whose children die of hunger.
For, O Lord, I do not think you meant
Your little ones to feel the pangs of hunger.
What has gone wrong with your fair world?
You never meant so few people
     to possess so much
     while little children starve.

The Broken Body of Jesus

by Sr. Sheila Campbell   MMM           Ireland            15.04.2022   
pieta michelangelo resizedLast year, and the year before, it was Covid-19. This year it is war. The broken body of Jesus is flashed before us each day as we watch the images of death and destruction. What is our response to the unfolding tragedy we behold?

Breakfast at Coffey's

by Dr. Mary Coffey AMMM      Ireland   14.04.2022

Editor’s Note: This blog was chosen for this day, the Celebration of the Lord’s Supper, to remind us that sharing a meal is one of the greatest gifts God has given us.

sharing bread resizedMission is a story about which I cannot keep silent. I was on the Meath Diocesan Mission team for the Extraordinary Year of Mission in 2019. There was some debate as to whether we were speaking of Mission abroad or Mission at home. The Mission of the Church is one and, if we must make the distinction, it is my contention that Mission abroad has come to our shores in the person of the refugee. This has been my great passion since 2017, welcoming and caring for refugees, Syrians initially, but more recently Afghans and more recently still meeting Ukranians in the course of my work.

Anxiety

by Sr. Noeleen Mooney MMM     Ireland    12.04.2022

frenzyOne of my favourite pieces from the Gospel is where Jesus tells us:

“Which of you can live a few more years by worrying about it?  If you can’t manage even such a small thing, why worry about other things?” (Luke 12.25-26)

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