When walls crumble

Right now, the economic situation in Nigeria is really tough.  One night I met a shoe repair man in a street.  You could tell that he had been going around with his work kit all day without finding any clients.  He probably hadn’t eaten all day.  He was exhausted and distressed.  When I met him, […]

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Thanks to Spinach…

The Holy Spirit had asked me to go to Northern Ireland. Then, after 15 years, asked me to go to England. I travelled by boat, crossing the Irish Sea for 8 hours to reach England. Since moving to London, I’ve been discovering “new worlds”. The community has been present here for over 30 years on […]

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Like “divine” hospitality…

L.sr. Elli-Miriam has lived in Morocco for many years. As she moves through the day, every chance encounter is a celebration—people, and a few cups of tea, transform her life of prayer. We’re on retreat, and this morning Fr. Mikaël (a Trappist brother from the monastery of Midelt) spoke to us about being sent out: […]

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What’s left when everything crumbles

We’ve had a fraternity in Aleppo for many years. We had to be absent from there for the past few months, but as soon as it became possible after the earthquake, l.srs. Diana-Maria and Carol went to visit our friends and neighbors. This is what they shared with us when they came back to Lebanon: […]

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Weaving Unity in Jerusalem

More than 15 different Churches live side by side in Jerusalem, most of them in a very limited space in the Old City: the Greek Orthodox Church and the Greek Catholic Church; the Latin Rite Catholic Church; the Syriac Orthodox Church and the Syriac Catholic Church; the Chaldean Catholic Church; the Coptic Orthodox Church and […]

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Between roses and thorns

We recently had the International Formation Team meeting in Ankawa, a suburb of Erbil, in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.  Little sister Lamia, who is part of the team, is Iraqi and she suggested that we meet in her country, instead of meeting in Rome as we usually do. We were immediately enthusiastic about […]

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