Several OLMs participated in the Blue Scarf Walk in Toronto on Earth Day, April 22, 2018:
The theme was : Protecting & Connecting with our Food, Land, Water
About 40 people participated in the walk which began next to Queen’s Park and wended around 6 stations throughout the downtown area, ending at Dundas Square.
As we paused at the stations, we prayerfully considered: SACRED EARTH, SACRED WATER, SACRED FOOD, SACRED LAND, SACRED AIR AND SACRED ENERGY.
It was a very meaningful way to honour, celebrate and stand in solidarity with EARTH.
Sr. Christine Gebel, OLM
We are grateful to those who sponsored the walk:Sponsored by:
Development and Peace
Jesuit Volunteers Canada
Basilian Centre for Peace & Justice
Pax Christi Toronto
On April 12, 2018, Water Docs held its 7th Annual Film Festival opening night at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. The event launched the Water Warrior Award. Maude Barlow, the first recipient, was recognized for giving the world hope and inspiration to be a caring society that provides health care and equity for all its citizens.
Also, in this annual gathering three winning films were featured; HOLY (UN) HOLY RIVER by Pete McBride & Jake Norton, FIX AND RELEASE by Scott Dobson, and AMAZONIA DAMMED by Ada Bodjolle. Each film brings awareness of the importance to protect and to preserve water.
The human right to water is also an awareness for us all to acknowledge. Clean drinking water and sanitation are essential for everyone. We call all world leaders and local government leaders to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all.
One of the many ways to make this awareness become reality is by joining the Blue Community Project campaign. Please see links below.
By Lorie Nuñez, OLM
Water Warrior Award
On Good Friday, as in other years, some of us participated in the Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice in downtown Toronto. This year the theme was “Dimensions of Poverty”. At the four stations we had the opportunity to reflect on some of the unjust situations that exist here in Canada and in other countries, situations that we as Christians are called to do something about.
We heard again that many workers are forced to live on inadequate wages and unfair working conditions, that the legal system works against the poor, making it difficult for them to rise out of poverty. We were reminded that the wealth in the world is unfairly distributed and benefits the few; poverty is greater among Indigenous people; the number of homeless in the city is increasing.
We saw again that the resurrection of Jesus that gives us cause for hope does not give us the right to presume. We cannot wait for God to act because God acts in us.
The joyful, hope-filled gift of Easter is the awareness that God who showed us how to live justly through the life of Jesus continues to be with us. When we act on behalf of our sisters and brothers who need us we find, like the couple on the road to Emmaus, that God is there.
A Blessed Easter to all.
– Frances Brady, OLM