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Rolande Parrot

Rolande Parrot started her career in communications in 1968. From 1988 to 1995 and from 1999 to 2001, she was the director and editor in chief of the magazine L'Église canadienne. From 1998 to 2009, she was the assistant to the secretary general of the Assembly of Quebec Catholic Bishops for communications and the laity.

Since her retirement, she hosted Questions d'aujourd'hui, a show on Radio Ville-Marie about the relevance of faith in the contemporary world, and contributed to the journal Prions en Église. She was the secretary for l'Équipe d'animation des régions at the diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil. She belongs to the Lay Fraternity of Charles de Foucauld.

She has a Bachelor of Theology from Dominican University College, in Ottawa.


Living my Life to the End

I have a form of skin cancer called melanoma, which I've had for two years now. My oncologist told me that my life is at risk. The treatments for this cancer do provide some hope, but the first one only heals one person out of four. Sooner or later, there will be recurrences, and I have been forewarned of the kind of death I will have. This was on January 3, 2013. I am 76 years old.

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When Illness Gives Life Meaning

Life has its moments of joy and happiness, but it is also strewn with hardship. Death, separation, failure, and job loss are events that affect one's private life, family, and friendships. But when a serious illness suddenly rears its ugly head, it has such an impact that we can't help but fully question the meaning of existence. Suddenly, life becomes shorter, more fragile, isolating, and pointless.

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Dignity Never Dies

When we hear certain expressions such as "losing one's dignity" or "regaining one's dignity," we get the impression that dignity not only has no foundation but is also subject to the uncertainties of life. Yet experts agree that dignity is an intrinsic part of human nature. They even acknowledge that this is reinforced by the Christian teaching that comes from the Book of Genesis: "So God created humankind in his image, 
in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them" (1, 27).

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Experiencing the Joy of Christmas

Christmas celebrations are moments when we can joyously express the love and affection we have for our family members and friends. The experience will be less joyous, however, for those who on Christmas day will be in mourning, or in the middle of a separation, or have an illness in the family. I truly hope that they find a peaceful joy, despite their unfortunate circumstances.

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From Morose to Grateful

The Christmas season is over. This winter has been a harsh one. The sick are confined to a hospital, a residence, or their homes. There are fewer visitors. We have settled back into the usual routine. We have carried our worries over into the new year. From treatments to examinations, the doctors will be making new diagnoses, which will at times be contradictory.

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Is it OK to Complain About Your Illness?

La fin de la plainte, a book by François Roustang1, philosopher and psychoanalyst, made me sit back and think. It is easy to talk about what is wrong with our lives. We are quicker to express the negative aspects than the joyous ones. We feel the need to put our insecurities and our fears into words, but what do we do when it's our illness that we want to talk about?

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