Daily Inspirations

Quote of the day

Accomplish the great work that God in His mercy has entrusted to us.

St. Eugene de Mazenod

Reflection of the day

June 23

“We were once touched by hands far gentler and more loving than our own. The memory of that touch is a brand – warm, dark, gentle. To enter that memory is to lean on the breast of Christ, just as the beloved apostle did at the last supper. From that place, with our ear on Christ’s heart, we have the truest perspective on our world.”

Ron Rolheiser OMI

Weekly anecdote

Brother Anthony and his docile pigs!

When Brother Anthony Kowalczyk arrived at Saint-Paul- des-Métis, in 1897, this small place in Alberta had just been born. It numbered about fifty families at most. The “Blacksmith of God”, as Fr. Paul-Emile Breton so aptly called him, was far from being a robust missionary. Small in stature, shy and timid, this Polish Brother spoke French with difficulty and, furthermore, had only one arm. The previous year, while working a sawmill in Lake La Biche, the belt of the mill had grabbed his right arm and crushed all the bones of his hand. To avoid the worst, it had been necessary to amputate his forearm. On the moral and religious plane, however, the acquisition of Brother Anthony was invaluable for this young colony of Métis. His reputation of holiness had preceded him. He had been given the nickname of “Brother Ave”, because he had the custom of kneeling and reciting an Ave to obtain success before undertaking a difficult task. On several occasions he had been seen doing extraordinary things. (more…)

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Weekly photograph

(Chaclacayo, Lima) The Oblates of the OMI delegation of Peru. Deacon John Kuks Sampa, OMI from Zambia recently joined them to have a missionary experience. Peru is the only delegation of the Congregation that functions directly under the purview of the General Administration.

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