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September 18

Monday, September 18​

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

There are many people who model the Christian life around us. Saints like Kateri, Brother Andre Besset, and others are models of courage, creativity and flexibility in responding to Gods call to live the Gospel values.

We remember Fr Henri Nouwen, a great spiritual writer in our time. He followed Jesus' example by working with people who were not accepted because they were different. He died over 20 years ago.

This month we celebrate the birthday of Jean Vanier, the Canadian founder of the L'Arche communities. He was a holy man.

Years ago, Jean Vanier invited two men with special needs, Raphael and Phillippe, to set up a home with him in a small village in France. He called the home L'Arche, which means the Ark, a symbol of life, hope, and covenant with God and all people. In setting up this home, Jean chose to look at people with special needs in a new and more caring way, one inspired by the life of Jesus and the Beatitudes.  He helped people to see that those who have special needs can teach us the value of sharing, acceptance, and joy. L'Arche is a model of "living with" and not just "doing for" those with special needs. In Richmond Hill Ontario is a ​L'Arche community called Daybreak. It is a place of love and Gospel.

Let us reflect on a student prayer called Valuing Life:

Dear Lord,

Help us to value our own lives and the lives of others.

Give us the courage to respect, defend and protect the rights of all people and all living creatures that you have created. Amen .

Let us continue to pray in the words that Jesus our brother taught us:

Our Father,

Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done,

on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those

who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Amen.

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.