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Our World is thirsting for justice…….

4- in Canada - Date of publication 04-14-2005
A group of residents from St. Thomas Manor, in Edmonton, decided to engage in a time of sharing, prayer and reflection during Lent. Situated so close to the francophone parish of St. Thomas Aquinas, this senior’s residence is especially attractive to French speaking folks.

The group met to share and reflect on the theme of “water” as…..water is a natural resource absolutely essential to the life of every person! Reflecting together on such a vital element awakens in us a new appreciation for this magnificent gift! We discovered how urgent it is that we promote an ever-increasing sense responsibility in the way we use water because it is a limited natural resource upon which life depends and already many countries are experiencing a shortage of water. Humanity depends upon water in order to live, however, so does the production of crops depend upon an adequate water supply. The opening prayer was accompanied by an explication of the symbols and the gestures connected with them. In the words of Francis of Assisi: "Blessed are you, O Lord, for our ‘sister water’ who is so essential to life, so humble, precious and pure." Following this was the presentation of our symbols. Two pitchers of water were placed on the table that was already covered with a beautiful blue cloth. Another person brought a big glassful of clear water while a third person brought a basket filled with a variety of fruit. Our on-going need for pure, clean water was adeptly expressed as these symbols were artistically presented before us! During a time of silent personal reflection, in a spirit of gratitude, we recalled God’s abundant goodness towards us. We paused to express our thankfulness! Water is a natural resource that belongs to all persons. In every culture, connected with the way visitors are to be welcomed, we see time after time the gesture of offering something to drink to ease the visitor’s thirst and as a way of communicating welcome, as well! We can say that this is a universal sign of hospitality! In India, a sacred vase of water welcomes visitors at the door of the temple. At the entrance of our Catholic Churches holy water reminds us both of our baptism and of God’s active presence in our lives. And baptism evokes God’s covenant with us sending us out to serve others following the example of Jesus. In Jesus’ footsteps we are continuing this mission of offering living water to our sisters and brothers around us in today’s world who are thirsty. Water is a sacred gift! According to Native Spirituality, water is considered like the ‘blood’ of Mother Earth, holding all of life in interconnectedness. In the Judeo-Christian scriptures, God is presented as ‘the source of living water’ in whom the just person finds life. It takes an incredible quantity of water to produce the food we eat as well as all of the wild berries and other foods found in nature that sustain animal life. Yes, an adequate water supply is indispensable to all of creation! It is urgent that we personally make and untiringly promote practices that contribute to the preservation of this sacred gift, so that all people everywhere and indeed all creatures living today and in the years to come have an adequate supply. After our prayer together we then shared the fruit and a wonderful cool, clear glassful of water as we continued our sharing. Before leaving we sang “Baptisés en Jésus” in a spirit of joy and gratitude. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon of sharing so much; similar such endeavours will certainly gather us again challenging us to ponder, thus, other important aspects of our everyday lives! Thank-you, Thérèse!

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