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Week of September 9, 2002
Priest says mark Sept. 11 with fervent prayer, rosary
By FRANK DOLPHIN
"Since 1937, I've been waiting for the death knell of modern society. I heard it on Sept. 11."
- Fr. Emile Briere
He believes an indication that this is happening is the fact that many people are turning to prayer and contemplation, which leads to various forms of social action. "Contemplation is not divorced from social action."
Unfortunately, he says many people are turning to wrong spiritual practices, like the occult and New Age practices.
Briere urges all Christians to step into social action by reaching out to the poor through their own organizations in an effort to help these people meet their basic needs. A second meaningful way is to convince governments to act on a global scale by forgiving debts owed by the poor in the Third World to comparatively rich First World countries.
Ordained in 1940, Briere joined Madonna House and moved to its main house in Combermere, Ont., in 1955. From there he continues his work of teaching and inspiring people to place their trust in the wisdom and goodness of God and Our Lady.
He is convinced that change in society is coming. "Since 1937, I've been waiting for the death knell of modern society. I heard it on Sept. 11," he said.
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