Items filtered by date: February 2020
The Dominican Republic
The testimony of a work colleague, Maximo de la Rosa
Udelca is a petite woman, full of joy. Her presence at our Panamerican Union High School was a witnessing of dignity, of putting God first. She modestly assumed the direction of our institute for two years. She overcame many obstacles. She was true to and respectful of our institution. She manifested commitment and serenity in her decision-making bearing in mind workstandards and fraternal action.
Her conviction of responding to a mission kept her grounded without being distracted like a false prophet.
She has left a legacy of dignity. She will continue to go forward and will continue to surpass herself.
I wanted my colleague to express his opinion because that is how we gage what we do and the value of our witnessing as viewed by others.
These words of my colleague, Maximo, made me think and reflect. Each instant of our lives is a treasure to be lived from day to day regarding the past as pure experience that helps me to grow personally and spiritually.
The strength of prayer, in presenting my actions to God, greatly helped me in my commitment while keeping in mind my charism and my state of life. I thought only of moving forward and of giving the best of myself without looking for any return, trusting and certain that everything could be possible. I felt strongly that the Lord was with me. For me, it was simply a service I was called to carry out without complaining.
Udelca M. March, 2020
God asks that we simply give him the present moment to give us in return an eternity of happiness.
Louis-Marie Parent, O.M.I.
Allow me to introduce my little friends. I have been knitting them for the past two years and, at this point, have parted with almost three hundred of them. I give some away but sell most of them. The proceeds go to the missions, especially to my sister's mission in the Congo.
I enjoy this pastime that calls for creativity and occupies my free moments. Producing them pleases me and those who give or receive them well as the missionaries who benefit from the money raised.
It promotes a spirit of solidarity and sharing in the residence where live. Many women offer me patterns, stuffing material and wool for knitting. Not only I have not had to buy even a centimetre of wool since the beginning, I have a supply in stock.
This pastime began when I thought of making two bunnies to give a great-niece as a welcome gift. Since I needed small amounts of wool of different colors, I paid a visit to a neighbor who provided as I had hoped. She is the one who encouraged me to make a project of it.
And there you go! I have been knitting since.
Our Facebook page “Thought for the Heart and Spirit”
(“Pensée pour le cœur et l’esprit”) is finally available in English.
To make it known, we encourage you to view the page,to click on ‘Like,’ to share the link with friends and to personally subscribe to it.
The link is: https://www.facebook.com/ThoughtfortheHeartandSpirit/
We wholeheartedly thank Theresa Olsheskie who has generously accepted to manage this page. In the name of all the Oblates, the Volunteers and all others who will benefit from Father Parent’s inspiring thoughts, we say Thank you, Theresa.
As for creating a Facebook page in Spanish, we will look into that possibility later.