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Next Vice Ecclesiastical Assistant for the World CLC

It is with great pleasure and thanksgiving that we announce the appointment of 
Fr. Herminio Rico, SJ
as the new Vice Ecclesiastical Assistant for the World Christian Life Community.

Fr. Rico had been long-time EA of CVX Portugal, and possesses a depth of experience in accompanying and working with the laity. We welcome him as he takes on the role in the last quarter of 2016.
The next UPDATE DEADLINE for submissions is
May 10,2016! 
In Canada, since 1991, it has been our custom to have a 24 hour 'wave' of prayer from coast to coast on March 25th. This practice has also been adopted in many other countries within our World CLC. For the Atlantic Region: 4 am - 9 am, Central Region: 8 am - 1 pm, Prairies Region: 12 pm - 5 pm. Rockies Region: 4 pm - 12 am. All are encouraged to pray in solidarity...
Why do CLCers celebrate World CLC Day on Mar. 25, the feast of the Annunication? 

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 CVX    Lebanon  has  contacted  a  member  of  CLC  Canada  asking  if  there  is  any  way  that  we  can  help  a  family  of  5  presently  living  in  the  refugee  camp  in  Lebanon.  This  family  has  expressed  a  desire  to  come to  Canada.

 They  are  originally  from  Aleppo  and  have  been  members  of  CLC  in  Syria.  They  are  hoping  to  begin  a  new  life  in  a  French  speaking  environment  in  Canada.

 Members  of  CVX  Quebec  and  CLC Canada  are working  together  to  hopefully  make  this  happen.... Would  you  like  to  join  us  in  this mission project? If so, please contact Leanne (General Counsel contact) at Leanne.salel@gmail.com
Just a Thought!

Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps, if you are not willing to move your feet.

Lord, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of Your presence,
Your love, and Your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in your protecting love. Bless us with Your strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us.
We trust that in living close to You, we shall see Your hand, Your purpose, Your will through all things.

St. Ignatius of Loyola

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 Trevor Scott, SJ, NEA 
We enter Lent in the Spirit of a long winter: 
A cold, frozen time...
consisting of days with the shortest hours of sunlight, 
with little signs of life.

We long for Spring - for life... for light...
but are still in the depths of a seeming cold, dark desert. We are in waiting mode.... waiting to be released...
Waiting to live again surrounded by life.

Lent is a fragile time...
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By Trevor Scott, SJ, NEA

Since my ordination nearing three years ago I have continually pondered upon my new identity as a priest. Have I been acting too priestly in the clerical sense? Have I accepted my responsibility and identity as a priest fully enough? Such a tension of questions will continue to be a particular examen for me I suspect, a healthy tension - I pray - that I am really quite grateful for.

Related to this examination of my identity and role as a priest is how I am being called to serve as an Ecclesiastical Assistant within CLC Canada - both in the National capacity, and a Regional capacity in Atlantic Canada.

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PRESIDENT, Leah Michaud
 It strikes me that it might prove interesting to imagine the whole of February (and March) as a speed bump reminding us to slow down and take time to ponder. Lent is about change (conversion); it is about moving from side shows to the main event of growing and flowering. Moving from petty jealousies, worries about small things (much of which we really can't control), from fears and anxiety and the sundry other things (that distract us from the point of it all) to beholding Jesus' incredible love and self sacrifice. Lent is the time to focus thoughts and actions on the invitation to change whatever needs to change that impedes growth. The goal of this growth is to become more like Jesus.

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On Sunday, January 24th, the Vancouver CLC celebrated the temporary commitments of four members of the St. Mark's CLC... 

The St. Mark's community, named for the Catholic college on UBC campus where they meet, is unique in a number of ways. First of all, it is an "open" CLC. This means that while there are regularly committed "core" members, the group is open to welcoming individuals at any time who wish to "come and see". As one member recently put it, they invite newcomers to "come journey with us". The community has been richly blessed by those who have joined it in this manner. Significantly, St. Mark's has made a communal discernment to remain an open community, even after several members have now made their temporary commitments. The group feels strongly that it has a common apostolic mission to be a community of welcome and to offer the gift of Ignatian spirituality to seekers. This innovating approach, we believe, has been the initiative of the Holy Spirit and it continues to bear great fruit.
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Leanne Salel
By Leanne Salel

It may surprise some of our members to know that Syria is among the sixty countries worldwide with CLC communities. In fact, our Syrian CLCers played a central role in welcoming and hosting delegates at the 2013 World Assembly in Lebanon. As one of the delegates at that Assembly, one of my most profound memories was the joyful presence of those Syrian CLCers at a time when their country was gripped in civil war and some had already suffered loss.
Now in 2016, as the stories and media images of war and fleeing refugees continue unabated, the 
question that haunts me is, where are our Syrian CLC brothers and sisters? How have they been impacted? These are some of the questions that I have started to search for answers to this year.
This week I contacted Antoine, the former president of CLC/CVX Syria.

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The Prairie Region Fall Formation gathering took place in November. Implementing an Examen on our Environmental Consciousness as well as excerpts from the Encyclical Laudato Si, the participants sought a new awareness of their relationships to the planet, family, and the CLC way of life within their own groups.

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Ixthus CLC was asked to form a working group to address the ecology   frontier at the 2013 World Assembly in Lebanon.
       This article presented by Beulah Costain is the working group's response            that request:

Growing up on a mixed farm on PEI made me aware that good soil was the
 source of our family's physical and economic well-being...
We, as children, learned the importance of respect for the land and all            
 creatures living on our land, providing necessary organic nutrients to the  

 The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) states: "Healthy soil is the    foundation for food security and is the key to sustaining life on earth". At the present time there are more than 805 million people in the world facing hunger and malnutrition and unfortunately 33% of our world soil resources are reaching critical limits of degradation (UN Environment Project).  

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to read the full article.

Sue Rambow, an Emmaus CLC member from Comox BC, has just completed the book Welcoming Strangers: An Emmaus Community Story, which documents the history of her Emmaus CLC community.

 Sue writes, "We have lived
for the past 30 years in an intentional covenanted Christian Life Community called Emmaus. Some time ago it became clear to me that just like the disciples who wrote their stories of life with Jesus, we as a community also have a story to document for future generations....We are made up of professional, middle class Christians who became increasingly aware of the social; and economic injustices within our society and consequently have chosen to live a gospel that calls us to live a `preferential option for the poor and marginalized in our society."

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This letter is not a rally cry for further activism; not a request for further action. Still, whether taken in an individual or communal apostolic sense, we find it important to give it space for consideration. It is an invitation to re-enter a sanctuary - a breathing space. Let this space be akin to that moment in our history when everything stood still- that instant prior to the re-creation that was to be our salvation: Mother Mary's fiat. Our invitation is for you to be with us, and Find Pause, Breathe In, and then, Exhale, as we relish this Marian moment in our history....

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