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International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities (IO-MLC) 

Region of North America, Asia, Australia, and Ireland
OCTOBER  - 2015

IN THIS ISSUE
MARIANIST WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
CHANGEMAKERS
LET US PRAY
The Body is Like Mary
Dancing Guy
AROUND THE WORLD
Worldly Newsletters
Friday Magnificat
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Time Travel
I'm writing this to you on Monday, October 19, from my basement. You should receive it on Friday, October 30 while I am in Rome at the meeting of our International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities. Wow! Technology can work wonders.

BUT, there's a bigger point to this. With my international responsibility I do a lot of thinking about how to connect people who live half a world away and span 24 time zones. What difference does it make to you who are living in Hoyt Kansas, Pilette Haiti, Seoul Korea, or Ranchi India? What do you care about what is going on in other parts of the world?

Sure, you hear world news on the radio, but your life is full of things like taking care of your children, doing your job, and connecting with your local community. That's where we eat together, share our sorrows and joys, help each other fix their computers, or take a walk together.

Yes, we can say the 3:00 O'Clock prayer virtually and have Skype meetings, but it's not quite the same as being able to actually give someone a hug.

So what's this all got to do with our Marianist world? I'm thinking about the recent Marianist World Day of Prayer and how many of us in our own places and various time zones gathered. It wasn't one humongous gathering in a stadium but we hopefully realized that there are communities in other places that carry our same spirit. And that they too were praying and celebrating on their home turf around the same time - give or take 12 hours.

So while I'm in Rome, I'll be thinking of you, working in your name, and praying that your communities will thrive. (I'll also try to eat some gelato for you.) Meanwhile, pray for your international team and enjoy the photos of the Marianist World Day of Prayer below. We're all in this together. Vogt, Susan w mug


Fondly,

Susan Vogt
Regional Representative for
N. America, Asia, Australia, Ireland

MARIANIST WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

World Day of Prayer - Rome
 
Cincinnati OH gathering at St. Francis de Sales Parish
Cincinnati -Jim Vogt offering reflections
















Seoul Korea presentation
Seoul Korea Assembly rejoicing

















Quebec Canada pilgrimage
Quebec shrine at St. Anselm

Singhpur India gathering

 



















Bangalore India: REDS students lead procession to Mass 
Bangalore Mass with Fr. Cortés


Dayton, OH gathering at Chaminade-Julienne HS
Ranchi India procession
AROUND THE REGION

If you live in North America, this is for you!
LET US PRAY prayinghands 2

The Body is Like Mary
           from RUMI
 
The body is like Mary, and each of us has a Jesus inside.
Who is not in labor, holy labor? Every creature is.
 
See the value of true art, when the earth or a soul is in
The mood to create beauty;
 
For the witness might then for a moment know,
Beyond any doubt, God is really there within,
 
So innocently drawing life from us with Her umbilical universe
-          Infinite existence...
Though also needing to be born.
Yes, God also needs to be born!
 
Birth from a hand's loving touch. Birth from a song,
From a dance, breathing life into this world.
 
The body is like Mary, and each of us, each of us has a Christ within.

(Inspiration is universal and comes from many traditions.)



A thought to ponder: 
Can one person really make a difference?
Consider the blog post of my friend, Joshua Becker, on How to Use the Principle of the Tipping Point and enjoy this short video about how one -perhaps slightly crazy guy - influenced a crowd.
AROUND THE WORLD 

NEWS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

EUROPE: Mosaique Mosaico Mosaic Newsletter of the Region of Europe
ITALIA: Fraternita  Marianista #238 Newsletter of Italy
BRASIL: Informativo Familia Marianista Brasil Newsletter of Brazil
CHILE: Boletin Chaminade Newsletter of Chile


FRIDAY MAGNIFICAT - OCTOBER
Koreans & Chinese Growing Together
About one million Chinese people now live in Korea. It is unknown how many are Catholic, but the Marianists in Korea wanted to be certain that the celebration of Mass would be available to them in their language. 
A few years ago, the Seoul Marianist Lay Communities and SMs agreed to hold a full Chinese Mass at the Marianist Center on the 3rd Sunday of every month.
 Read more: 
ENGLISH      FRANÇAIS      ESPAÑOL

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