The mission of the Foundation of The Little Sisters of Joy is Peace through Love.
‘It shall come to pass in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the Lord
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be raised above the hills:
and all nations shall flow to it.
And many peoples shall come, and say:
“Come; let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways,
and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
and the word ot the Lord from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
and decide for many peoples;
and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks:
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.’
There is another Bible verse which is relevant to the mission:
‘The harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace'(Letter of St James 3:18)
Concerts for Peace and Reconciliation
Gila has given a series of concerts, sometimes with musical friends, in Cambridge College Chapels and other venues over the last eleven years.Her repertoire includes songs of the 60’s, traditional folk and Jewish music, including pieces from the Synagogue.Gila’s singing with her guitar is also a form of prayer asking for the healing of the world. and is most effective and moving when the mixed audience participates. Gila has also sung on the street and in Retirement Homes, where the residents are invited to re-live their memories through the music.
At the heart of the work of The Little Sisters of Joy is Jewish-Christian reconciliation. The Seder meal is a reliving of the Exodus from Egypt through signs and symbols, including ritual foods and the 4 cups of wine of liberation. Participating in the Seder meal as closely as possible to the traditional celebration is a way of both experiencing the mystical dimension of the Passover and understanding the profound narrative of the Jewish people. For over 10 years, Gila has co-hosted Seder meals for both Catholics and Protestants, weaving into the liturgy the Jewish music of her childhood.