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by Joanna Manning

May in Catholic tradition is Mary’s month. I would like to honour that by reflecting on the Mother of God, as seen through the eyes of a young Catholic woman of today.

     A few years ago, I was running a high school retreat program out of an ecumenical church outreach centre in Toronto’s downtown core. The day was divided into two parts. In the morning, small groups of students walked with a guide to different downtown locations where they could meet and interact with groups of marginalized people. In the afternoon, the students prepared skits as part of a reflection on how their experience related to the Gospel.

     One of the places they would visit was Sojourn House, an intake centre for refugees. On this particular day, the group that had visited Sojourn House chose to present a dramatic interpretation of the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt. This took the form of an encounter between Mary and Joseph, refugee claimants arriving at the Egyptian border, being questioned by Egyptian
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