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Thank God always for the happiness and beauty of life - it is beautiful.
Venerable Mary Potter's Last Words.
Book Launch 'Mission of Love' by Sister Mary Scanlon
21 January 2016 | General Interest
On the evening of the 28th October 2015 at Village on the Park, Wellington, Sr Mary Scanlon's book MISSION OF LOVE was launched among family, friends, Sisters and the community of the Village where Mary lives. Pope Francis has written;
Mission is a passion for Jesus and at the same time a passion for his people. When we pray before Jesus crucified, we see the depth of his love which gives us dignity and sustains us. At the same time, we realize that the love flowing from Jesus’ pierced heart expands to embrace the People of God and all humanity.
I was touched by the reflection on the Calvary moment. In that reflection I can see just how anyone touched by the spirit gifted to us by Venerable Mary Potter can make a difference in living the missionary impulse in the hidden ways of being with those we meet, live with, and work with in our communities. By who and how we are to those, and to each other, we witness to something different. Our very commitment is a witness to love.
Venerable Mary Potter told her Sisters -
“If you would bring healing, bring love”.
Since that instruction, wherever the LCM spirit is lived, at its heart is love.
We currently minister in England, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, The Philippines, USA, Tonga, South Korea and Ireland.
Throughout our years we have also been in Scotland, Wales, Haiti, Tunisia, Argentina, and Malta.
We have mission partnerships in Albania and Timor Leste.
And yet from our early days, ours was a spirit to be shared. Mother Mary Potter knew that our world needs love, and men and women of every faith, class or culture to share her mission of love.
The importance of this work by Sr Mary Scanlon is global. In her monthly reflections over the years, she has been able to capture the essence of our spirit in word and share that with all those who hear in their own hearts, the call to share that Mission of Love.
To be touched by the words in the reflections is to allow one’s self to experience anew the call to bring healing by being love. Ours is a world in need of love. It seems that never before have relationships between people, nations, cultures and religions been so fractured or at risk.
And yet we know that the world can be changed, and each one of us has the ability to begin that change. By choosing to be love in the face of hate, presence in the face of isolation, and hope in the face of hopelessness, the spirit of outpoured love that is the Calvary spirit is made real.
In her humble way, Mary comments that sometimes she has struggled to find the word that can capture the spirit entrusted to those who follow in the tradition of Venerable Mary Potter.
May I suggest that the spirit lives truly within her being, and whether she realises it or not, the words she has written are true to that life and break open its meaning for others to share.
Mary’s life has been one committed to the Mission of Love. She has now made it far easier for all those who reflect with her through this little book, to understand and live the spirit at the heart of this Mission of Love.
As she finished her own writing, Mary Potter wrote
Cannot write anymore too full of joy….
Mary, may you too know the joy of having used your gifts in the service of the LCM spirit in its Mission of Love.