Guided by the words of Fernanda Guillemette de Furtado (Miss Fer), we meditated on the priority for this year, and we took some moments to reflect on and allow ourselves to be moved by one of the miseries of our time: lack of communication...
“Modern media and technology can be both a help and a hindrance to communication in and between families.
They can be a hindrance if they become a way to avoid listening to others, to evade physical contact, to fill up every moment of silence and rest.
They can help communication when they enable people to share their stories, to stay in contact with distant friends, to thank others or to seek their forgiveness, and to open the door to new encounters.
The great challenge we face today is to learn how to talk to one another again, to ‘communicate’, rather than to ‘connect’. Pope Francis has insisted on the importance of family to re-learn communication: ‘After all, it is in the context of the family that we first learn how to ommunicate.’ (49th World Communications Day)”
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
Grant us your help and your protection,
your strong and enduring love,
your sincere affection, your patience
your tolerance and respect for others.
May our community be filled with joy and hope.
And since we are all yours, Mother of kindness,
bless us so that peace
is always with us.