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Lenten weekly reflection for March 7, third Sunday of Lent: Can we cleanse the Temple once again?

March 7, 2021
Andrea Dsouza, youth member of Development and Peace

Even as we grieve, we, the young people of the world, are calling for systems to change. We are learning to centre the voices of those most affected by climate change….

Weekly reflection for February 28, second Sunday of Lent: Long-term community development

February 28, 2021
Jeremy Laurie, animator for British Columbia and the Yukon

Today’s Gospel reading can serve as a reminder that even Jesus himself, whose transfiguration left Peter, James and John stunned, chose a long-term approach to his mission.

Weekly reflection for February 21, first Sunday of Lent: A time in the wilderness, reflecting on the kingdom of God

February 21, 2021
The Most. Rev. Peter Hundt, Archbishop of St. John's, N.L.; member, Development and Peace National Council

Lent is a wonderful opportunity… to reflect on how our baptism unites us as members of God’s family and invites us to share love….

Lenten reflection for Ash Wednesday: Almsgiving, prayer and fasting as God loves them

February 17, 2021
Boris Polanski, member, Development and Peace National Council

Ash Wednesday marks the start of the Lenten season, the 47-day period leading up to the commemoration of Christ’s crucifixion the celebration of His resurrection.

A successful and delicious fundraiser!

January 6, 2021
Stéfany Dupont, Animator for the Greater Montreal region

Development and Peace membres in Montreal carried out a cheese sale project this fall, in collaboration with the Abbey of Saint-Benoît-du-Lac.

Today a Saviour is born to you!

December 22, 2020
The Most Rev. Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R., Bishop of Pembroke

Ahead of the Christmas night mass, a bishop shares his reflections on the mystery and wonder of the “Child God who stoops down to become a toddler in front of us.”

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Entering into the season of Advent (Part 2)

December 17, 2020
Gertrude Rompré, National member from Saskatchewan

Reflecting on Advent, a Development and Peace member wonders where we will discover the face of God and how we will we open the door to the knocking of angels.

A green recovery: “We know we are capable”

December 11, 2020
Hélène Tremblay-Boyko, Development and Peace member from Saskatchewan

Five years after she attended the landmark United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, a Development and Peace member overcomes disappointment with optimism.

The meaning of Advent in a time of pandemic

December 6, 2020
Jeremy Laurie, Animator for British Columbia

Throughout Advent we are called to the same spirit of anticipatory delight expressed by John the Baptist in the weeks leading up to Jesus’ arrival. What often makes this challenging is the ever-expanding season of sales – the pressure to make the Christmas season more about consumer goods than the Good News. But this year has been different. The COVID-19 pandemic – in particular, the necessity of physical distancing - has made us consider and recognize what aspects of our lives are most valuable. For many, that has been the appreciation of and longing for human connection.

Entering into the season of Advent

November 29, 2020
Gertrude Rompré, National member from Saskatchewan

Advent is my favourite season. It’s a time that calls us to embrace the quiet, winter darkness and nurture the seed of new beginnings. We watch and wait for the Light of Christ to spring forth in our world, we prepare and repent of our sloppy selfishness, we choose to rejoice and sing amidst the chaos, and, finally, we welcome Christ ever more fully into our hearts. This act of welcome, in turn, allows us to reach out and serve our broken world. This rich liturgical season offers us hope in face of despair.

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