rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent” (Luke 15: 7,10). If such witnessing to God’s love and mercy becomes ‘a way of life’ then we can truly say with St. Jean Eudes, “true acts of reconciliation are as a new Baptism and a new creation.” Reconciliation is transformation.
 Constitutions # 35.
 Lawlor, ibid.
Jesus died on the cross rather than be separated from any of his relationships. His love embraced all that his Abba-God had given him including sinners, lepers, children, women, publicans, Pharisees – everyone who believed in him (John 17). In prayer, we learn from the Spirit directly the last wish of Jesus: that we may be one just as Jesus and his Father are one. How can you encourage your community to take opportunities to be in dialogue with other groups quite different from yours or from whom you may be estranged?
~Sr. Edith Olaguer