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VM World Day of Prayer, Saturday, November 4Please join all VMs as we come together in mind and spirit praying this meditation:

God of compassion and mercy,
We bring to you our divided communities and our broken world.
We seek your healing and transforming grace.

It is easy for us to point the finger at others,
Yet we know that we all need your forgiveness.

Break down the walls of exclusion
And open a way for us to reach one another in truth and love.

Enable us to build a community where all can belong;
To share our gifts in mutual respect.

We ask this through Jesus Christ. Amen.

From “Travelling the Road of Faith”
from the Corrymeela Community
Belfast, Northern Ireland

(Corrymeela Community: a community dedicated to promoting reconciliation and peace-building through the healing of social, religious and political divisions in Northern Ireland)

From the Director

I’ve always enjoyed the transition from summer to fall to winter (even
when I eventually become tired of the snow and ice). It is always a gradual transition from one style of beauty and opportunities to another. I love it when the colors of the trees and bushes begin to change; when the weather becomes milder and eventually cooler. It is a wonderful time to relax, view your surroundings and to gradually witness the world changing right in front of you.

I also find that it is a perfect time to sit down and reflect on the many ways that God’s presence has touched me and changed my life this past year. It is a good time to contemplate on how I have experienced His presence through the new people I have met or worked with this year, old friends who continue to be a part of my life even when they live miles away, and to think about the
cherished friends and family who are no longer with me. There are many delightful memories that I am able to
recall about the times we were able to share together.

It is also a time to ponder the many challenges that were part of this past year and helped me to grow – challenges
that changed the priorities of what I valued. To know that God was present and journeyed with me helps me deepen our relationship.

Reflecting on the God-present transitions in one’s life is a good thing to do at this time of the year.

Br. Tom Ruhmann, O.M.I.
National Director of the VMs


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