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May 2016

LCWR Newsletter -- May 2016
LCWR Newsletter -- May 2016

Through Darkness to Light

by Sharon Holland, IHM -- LCWR Past President

What has occupied our minds and hearts since the last newsletter? We looked toward the celebration of the Paschal Mystery, not knowing what else might be on the horizon. Our congregations, our nation, and our world swirled in a kaleidoscope of sights and sounds which seemed strangely aligned with, not foreign to, our liturgical season.

In her poem “The News”, Edwina Gately reflects on this reality:                      

The world is tumbling into my private space…
…a constant stream of God’s beloved…
…the lines of refugees-their gaunt faces
hungry and despairing.                      

Now she sees her TV as her “crucifix…and upon it hangs Jesus, with every nation imprinted on His face…” She responds by beseeching God’s mercy.

Every year we experience poignant scenes of the Good Friday Adoration of the Cross. At our motherhouse, there is something striking about the procession of wheelchairs and walkers, bringing forward the weak and weary toward the Cross of the Wounded One. They bow or touch or kiss as they are able and continue on their way. They will be back the next night when, at least for a moment of deep reality, the dark night with explode into the light of the Exultet:  “This is the night!” Families with small children further symbolize the turning of death to new life... (To continue reading, click on entire newsletter below)

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