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Vision, Voices and Vibrations

Called to Create:  Building True Economic Justice

Today, much of the world’s attention is focused on the world financial crisis and the importance of avoiding a financial “meltdown”.  For those of us who live our lives connected to issues of poverty, injustice and violence, we have for a long time been concerned about financial crises and meltdowns, but we view the scenario with different eyes.  As CND we hold up liberating education as our guide.  Much of our work for justice, peace and integrity of creation has involved presenting the voice of the impoverished and the powerless to those who are in a position to make a difference in the l Read more about Called to Create:  Building True Economic Justice

Ben learns about real poverty from his little friend Manuel

Before I travelled with Free the Children to Ecuador last summer, I thought I knew what poverty meant because I read the newspapers, watched the news, read the “facts”, was on my school’s church and social justice groups, and people called me the social justice guy. But the truth is I had no idea. Poverty is so much more than what you see on the news. You truly do not know what poverty is until you live in it and see it with your own eyes. Let me tell you a story about poverty. Read more about Ben learns about real poverty from his little friend Manuel

A Foolish Waste of Effort?

In May 2009 Pope Benedict traveled to the Holy Land on pilgrimage, bringing a message of peace and dialogue.  One of the many people that he met with was Nora Carmi, a Palestinian Christian.  Nora is a long-time friend and colleague of mine, and I could not help but feel proud and happy for her, being recognized with the distinguished honour of addressing the Pope in a small gathering in Jerusalem.  Through Nora, I felt connected to these historical events, and once again I found myself profoundly thankful for her courage and witness and for the blessed opportunity that I have had to take t Read more about A Foolish Waste of Effort?

The Magnificat

In calling forth women’s voices, we stand in the spirit of our signature song in this company of women‐‐ the canticle of Mary, the singer of the song of justice. In the encounter of Mary with her pregnant elder cousin, Elizabeth, both women “are empowered to speak with prophetic voices…crying out in joy, warning, and hope for the future…to support women’s struggles for equal justice and care, for themselves and for others.” 1 This is “a revolutionary song of salvation whose concrete social, economic, and political dimensions cannot be blunted. Read more about The Magnificat

Reflection of Sister Sandra Margarita Sierra Flores CND

Reflection of Sister Sandra Margarita Sierra Flores CND after her speaking tour: Experience of Visitation in Canada
What I lived during my time in Canada has truly been an experience of Visitation- Pentecost. What I hold dearest in my heart are the expressions of solidarity from those who came to my presentations, as well as their support and even pain and indignation as they learned of the disturbing consequences that Canadian mining companies inflict on our Read more about Reflection of Sister Sandra Margarita Sierra Flores CND

Accompaniment of the people of Kumbo, Cameroon

How to reflect on my experience here in Kumbo, Cameroon through the lens of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation? I must confess to being a little intimidated by the invitation. Cameroon has been declared the most corrupt country in the world by United Nations. In spite of regularly bumping into the structures of government and Church, it is the people and especially the children I meet that keep me here. Read more about Accompaniment of the people of Kumbo, Cameroon

Clarity on a Bus Bench in Botswana

Last summer I worked in Botswana with a Canadian NGO. One afternoon I waited for a bus in a remote village, trying to get back to a nearby town. Another young woman sat next to me on the bench and we found ourselves chatting about a subject many young females can bond over – problems with our boyfriends. Read more about Clarity on a Bus Bench in Botswana

I am a follower of Our Lady of Guadalupe…

After many years of prayer, reflection and being with the people of Latin America and Mexico, I have come, in my own humble way to Guadalupe– Tonantzin.

La Morenita, “The little brown Lady”, has found a resting place in my heart. I have been told by a sister friend that I have only to love her and she will be present to me and I believe that to be true. Read more about I am a follower of Our Lady of Guadalupe…