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Festive days in Rome: August 11th and 12th. Pilgrims from different parts of Italy have arrived at the Circus Massimo where Pope Francis has given words of encouragement to invite them to follow their dreams.
To prepare for this great event we have collaborated as Claretian family: Father Lambert CMF, the sisters of SAMC, and us. We met with some young people on the evening of August 10th in Parioli. We wanted to deepen the meaning of these days of prayer and we prepared a banner to represent us as charismatic family.
On the 11th, after having renewed our baptismal promises in the Church of the Transpontina, (the Church that Claret visited when he arrived in Rome for the first time) we set out for the Circus Massimo.
In a climate of great silence, however with more than 70,000 young people gathered, we heard the words that Pope Francis said in response to the testimonies and questions of the youth. With great strength the Pope told us: "Dream big, do not be afraid". He has invited us to sow fraternity, peace, and joy and to be fully free, without having a double life.
We continue this day of prayer with the vigil and with the pilgrimage to some churches in Rome to pray and participate in the sacrament of reconciliation. We will end on the 12th with the Eucharist in the Square San Pedro.
Congratulations to the new animation team of the East Asia Province! Thank you for your generous response to the Lord and the sisters. May the Spirit of the Lord make your service fruitful in the animation of life and mission.
Provincial Superior : Anastasia W.
First councillor and Vicar : Francisca W.
Second councillor and Economy: Asunta H.
Third councillor: Dina R.
Fourth councillor and Secretary: Selfia B.
From 1st - 10 of August 2018, in the community of Kimwenza 17 Junior sisters have gathered to live the experience of the annual spiritual exercises. Father Michel Selemaní, a Jesuit priest who will guide these days and accompany the sisters according to the theme; "Be holy as your Father is holy."
We pray that this time of spiritual exercises can be a true space for God and can rekindle the desire to live the same feelings of Jesus.
We have received the beauty of his Word and we embrace it ... If we let the Lord take us out of our shell and change our lives, then we can fulfil what St. Paul said: "Rejoice in the Lord always: and again, I say, Rejoice." (Phil.4,4)
Today, in Quezon City Metro Manila (Philippines), our sisters from the province of East Asia have started their first Chapter with a day of silence, deepening, and preparation.
We accompany them with our prayer so that the Spirit can guide the entire process of discernment that will follow these upcoming days.
This afternoon, the Claretian family in Rome, has met in the Parish of "Sacro Cuore" Parioli, for an interview with the New Vatican. This was an occasion to share about the preparations for the next meeting of Pope Francis with the youth from Italy. With the purpose of praying for the fruits of the Synod in October: Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.
As Claretian Family, we want to make a pilgrimage with the Italian Church and to meet the many young people who will participate in the days of August 11th and 12th.
May the gift of this encounter and the opportunity to listen motivate us to continue living this moment of immediate preparation for the Synod. Keeping our missionary zeal and with openness to the creativity of the Spirit.