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News Update December 2015

Text of the introductory address delivered DR CAROLINE HUSSEY on 7 April, 2006

On behalf of the whole team at http://michaelmeegan.com in Europe and East Africa we would like to wish all of our friends a very special blessing as they celebrate renewal and compassion in their own lives. This year has been a very exciting and challenging evolution and we look forward to further blessings and joy in 2015.
We look forward to hearing from our many friends around the world and we are always here to provide support and personal spiritual help.
Everyone working to share the writings and reflections wishes you a blessed and sacred time in the spirit of compassion and gentleness.
Michael Meegan continues to give retreats, spiritual direction and motivational talks which shall be increasing in 2015. We wish all of our friends the presence of silence and stillness in their lives and we wish each of you the light and grace that you were born to experience.
The only thing that matters is love, everything else comes from love. It is our prayer for you that you receive and give in every way possible the energy and light that is within you.

Over the last six months Michael Meegan has given a series of lectures and retreats based on his spiritual writings primarily, All-Shall-Be-Well, for the next four weeks you can download the internet version (i-book version) of all shall be well between the 17th of December to the 17th of January. Michael Meegan will be giving a series of lectures and retreats in 2015 (Details available through http://icrossinternational.org and blog.icrossinternational.org).

His series of lectures on “Becoming Joy” will start 1st week of March 2015. Over the next few weeks we will be publishing and tweeting the venues and subject matter. In the meantime please click on this link to download the latest version of All-Shall-Be-Well. http://mikemeegan.wordpress.com/2014/07/17/all-shall-be-well-michael-meegan-icross-kenya/

Our youtube is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxJUi_EG0yQ

Why read All Shall be well by Michael Meegan
Fr John Powell S.J

I have always wanted to be heroic. I have always wanted to do something significant with the life and gifts God has given me. I have wanted to leave this world better than I found it. There is a restless part of me that seeks the wholeness and holiness of the saints. Unfortunately, the older I get the more I come into contact with my fragility. I must face the fact that I am a fraction. My goodness is mixed with weakness. My weakness is somehow mixed with goodness.

I think that I have projected my interior desire for a personal heroism into looking for heroes. Someone has rightly said that what we are speaks so loudly that others can’t hear what we say. I keep looking for those people who live the Christian vision I have been preaching, teaching and writing about. I think of them as my role models.

Several years ago I started corresponding with the author of this book, Michael Meegan. He is a member of ICROSS, the “international Community for the Relief of Starvation and Suffering”. He is currently working with the starving sick and suffering in East Africa.

From the beginning, Michael’s words stirred the embers of my desire to look for and find the living witness of the Cristian legacy. My own coldness has always sought the warmth of people who really care, who take seriously the words of Jesus: “I was hungry and you gave me to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me to drink. I was sick and you cared for me.”

Michael’s letters usually came wrapped around several photographs. It is true, I think, that very often a picture is worth a thousand words. There- in several of those pictures – was my friend Michael, with a dead child in his arms. The sadness and compassion in his face, and the tenderness with which he held this little victim of starvation, moved me very deeply. I would often sit staring at these pictures and thinking deeply. I would often sit staring at these pictures and thinking deeply about the words that Michael and written. I would silently think to myself: “You are my hero, Michael.”

I must be honest with you and admit that I do not think I would be capable of what this young man is doing. The sadness of sickness and starvation, and, I would think, the “endlessness of it all”, would consume me, burn me out. I think I can only admire the Michael Meegans of this world from a safe distance. My fragile fraction would not sustain the enormous burdens of human suffering that Michael deals with daily.

Strangely enough, the letters of Michael reflected optimism and hope, rather than futility and burnout. He often wrote of the quiet, inner dignity of the African people with whom he was working. Their values seemed to be more in place than the values of the affluent. Their grinding poverty had deprived them of everything except an inner peace that comes from knowing what is important and what is unimportant.

There was another feature of Michael’s letter that always astonished me: his own quiet optimism that, in the title of his book, “All shall be well”. He seemed somehow to live with a deep sense of compassion, and to integrate it with a peaceful sense that God would some day write straight with our crooked lines, Michael is confident that in the end love will triumph over greed , compassion over cruelty. His book will certainly be a great contribution to that end. My own sense of responsibility for this world is a painful challenge at times. There are so many unheard cries of pain, so many bleeding wounds in need of bandaging. Sometimes I feel that I am a pain-filled personification of that saying: “lord, the sea is so wide and my boat is so small.”

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