Month: April 2017

Holy Thursday – Judas and Peter

“We are pilgrims on a journey. We are brothers on the road. We are here to help each other Walk the mile and bear the load.” (The servant song) “Knowing that“ his hour had come,” Jesus chooses to spend the last night of his life with his closest companions, one of whom would betray him, another who would deny him, all of whom would abandon him when he was arrested. What he does as he faces his own death is astonishing. He takes off his outer robe, wraps a towel around himself, and washes the feet of his companions, just as a slave would do. In all likelihood there would have been someone other than Jesus who welcomed the Teacher and his disciples when they arrived for the meal by washing their feet. So it would have come as a surprise on a number of different levels to the disciples when Jesus got up, as John tells us, in the course of the supper, and began to wash their feet. Why is the Teacher doing …

Behold, the Man

Several of us went to see a remarkable painting exhibition -a ”first” in Israel- on Jesus seen through the eyes of Jewish painters. We were impressed by the impact of the Cross on these painters. One of them had lost his wife during the birth of their child, who died three years later. He tought to express his pain through all sorts of Jewish themes… and finally it was the Cross of Jesus that inspired him. Several paintings bear the stamp of Christian anti-Semitism, and associate the death of Jesus and the Shoah in most painful way. In general, as it has been well stated in the article that follows (the exergue of the book on the exhibition), the event is significant and positive. Indeed, the interest stirred by Jesus touches us deeply. (Anne-Catherine) Behold, the Man What does Jesus – for centuries regarded by Jews as a tabu – have to do with Israeli art? This publication offers a close look at a rarely discussed subject: the presence of Jesus in the work of …

„Go and proclaim!“ 2017

“I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything” Psalm 138, 1-2 On April 4th we officially closed our canonical year. Since the morning, this was a special day because our dear community decorated the house and prepared a tasty breakfast for us. Each one received a pair of sandals as a symbol of our next step, the apostolic year. The sandals are an invitation to leave our place in order to serve others where the Lord is sending us. We continued our celebration on Saturday 8th. In the morning, we decorated the chapel for the mass that Father Carlos was going to celebrate at 6:00pm. Sister Juliana and Sister Ivone prepared the food because after the mass the NDS communities and friends were invited to join us for dinner in our house. We were so …

Palm Sunday 2017

Together with some of our NDS Brothers and young Sisters who are currently doing the ConnecSion program here in Jerusalem, it was a very joyful and colorful Palm Sunday. We, the Brothers and Sisters, had our special T-shirt printed with “Notre Dame de Sion” and the logo of the Olive tree with the text “In Sion Firmata Sum” written in English and in Hebrew. We joined the Kehila group, the Hebrew speaking community just like we did last year. The procession was very alive with joyful music, instruments and songs animated by Br. Benny from Kehila community and Tiago. Even though there was a great number of people, we danced and sang together. We had our Mass at the Kehila in the evening and then had pizza before going home. It was a wonderful day in Jerusalem! Maria O. Malau, Novice NDS April 11, 2017

„St. John in Montana“ News 03/2017

Dear Brothers and Sister Just as April begins, we will take a look back over the month of March and what has engaged us here in the Novitiate Community. With the liturgy of Ash Wednesday we began our Lenten time which we lived individually and also communally. It was a spiritual time and we fasted from meat and also fish during our Friday meals. We began Lent with a three day retreat with Fr. Carmil who guided us during this moment focussing on repentance and acts of Reconciliation and also in the form of Confession. During the beginning days of Lent we participated in the Mediterranean Regional Assembly for three days. Our work on the Charism with the ConnecSion has continued and we began to put our sharings and learnings on paper. We have also participated with the Brothers in the Reshit Da´at Seminar. It is a project held every 2 weeks where sisters, brothers and friends participate. We began with Cristovao giving a lecture on John the Baptist and the Jewish Rites of Purification …

Mount of Olives

“Mount of Olives is first and foremost to the early Church, in fidelity to the biblical tradition, the mount of eschatology where the eyes are turned to the Messiah who comes in his glory” On March 29th we, the Novices had an opportunity to be with Brother Elio, one of our Brothers of Notre Dame de Sion, who took us on an excursion and spoke of the significance of the Mount of Olives in the Bible and in Jewish tradition. We began our walk going up to the sanctuary named Eleona (Greek for ‘Olive’) where traditionally Jesus taught his disciples the Lord’s Prayer. Br. Elio explained some of the Jewish roots of the Christian liturgy of the Lord’s Prayer by comparing it with Kaddish, Shmone-Esre, TB Berecahot. As we continued going back down to the valley we visited the Church of Gethsemane and the tomb of Mary where Judeo-Christian tradition believe that the mother of Jesus was buried in a cave. We continued our walk from the valley alongside the wall of the Old City …