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The chapel of our community at Trois Rivières.

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Maple syrup = Canada.

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3 of our 5 man La Mennais Media Team.

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Some of our Brothers at La Prairie, Canada, and a wonderful bunch they are too!

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Was flown to Montreal by Audrey Hepburn!

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Stained glass window in our community at La Prairie, Canada.

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Hillsong UNITED - Oceans (Where Feet may fail) radio version

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A powerful song with great lyrics using imagery borrowed from St. Peter's experience trying to walk on the water to where Jesus is calling him. It has been one of the most popular Christian songs in the US this past year. The climax towards the end gives me goosebumps.



Genuine faith - a reflection

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Another DVO reflection on how faith that is tested can become stronger, purer and more authentic.




October 8These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold…1 Peter 1:7 (NLT)

When gold is first pulled from the earth, it's rough, dirty and misshapen. Before it can be fashioned into priceless pieces, it must be refined by fire. Heat detoxes raw gold making it pure and authentic. Once refined, it can be shaped and moulded into whatever the creator desires.

Unless faith meets resistance, or fire, its potential and power stays unrealised, like a dirty hunk of gold covered in earth. Refining always separates what holds us back from what can drive us forward. In fiery trails we learn to let go of fear, hatred, anxiety… things that corrupt our heart, dull our shine and limit our potential, and we learn to embrace the fire and its burn, knowing that it reveals the gold within.

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"Unsung Hero" (Official HD) : TVC Thai Life Insurance 2014

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This short video pulls shamelessly at the heart strings, but who cares? I think it's absolutely wonderful and such a lesson to us all. Love is all that matters in the end.

If Christ is with me, whom shall I fear?

While reading the following text a couple of weeks ago from the Office of Readings I could not help but think of the situation being endured by today's Christian martyrs in the Middle East and parts of Africa such as Nigeria. Pope Francis has himself said that we are in the midst of World War Three and he would seem to be correct, with Christians now  prime targets - powerless victims of rampant evil. 
A sermon by St John Chrysostom
For me, life means Christ, and death is gain.
The waters have risen and severe storms are upon us, but we do not fear drowning, for we stand firmly upon a rock. Let the sea rage, it cannot break the rock. Let the waves rise, they cannot sink the boat of Jesus. What are we to fear? Death? Life to me means Christ, and death is gain. Exile? ‘The earth and its fullness belong to the Lord. The confiscation of goods? We brought nothing into this world, and we shall surely take nothing from it. I have only contempt for the world’s threats, I find its blessings l…

Living Joyfully our lives as religious Brothers

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On Saturday I spent the day in London at Heythrop College with my good friend Bro. Ben Foy (De La Salle) discussing the celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, religious life as Brothers/brothers to all, vocation ministry, safeguarding ministry, our shared spiritual heritage, etc... 

We've been coming together for such sharing and discussion for about 15 yrs. now, in the past together with Bro. Michael Newman (St. John of God) who is now working in Africa. I always find our time together stimulating, encouraging and empowering. It gives me renewed confidence that it is worth persevering in my life as a consecrated Brother, that we Brothers STILL have an important role to play in the life of the Church, especially in our ministry with young people.

These encounters give me hope and give me the courage to keep fighting the good fight.



Bro. Ben Foy in front of Heythrop College, London.