Saturday, October 27, 2007

Contemplative Nuns Meet in Esopus

Redemptoristine Nuns of North America Regional Meeting

We have been having a wonderful time praying with, sharing with and enjoying the company of twenty-five contemplative nuns. In addition to the nine sisters from our monastery, the group includes sixteen others from Liguori (Missouri), Fort Erie (Ontario, Canada) and Ste Therese (Quebec, Canada), Merrivale (South Africa). Discussion has covered a range of topics from the use of current technology to the challenges and gifts presented in aging communities to the implications of our charism for the signs of the times. We have been both touched and alarmed by the circumstances in Zimbabwe as experienced by our facilitator, a Redemptorist priest, who had to return to that benighted country on Friday because it was his last chance to fly there directly via British Airways. That company is now refusing to fly into the chaos that reigns in Zimbabwe. So we have learned from these circumstances and our on-going exchange with each other how very important our apostolic work of prayer continues to be in our world.

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