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On January 17th we celebrate the memory of Maria Antonia París, authentic, grateful woman with enormous maternal sensitivity.
She intuited her gifts and qualities, her limits and her poverty, her generosity and strength, and was able to offer herself in readiness for God to work wonders in her, empty of all pretense. And her fruitfulness is so great in God that she can cross seas and personal limits, generating an encounter with other cultures.
The acceptance of God’s gift, in Maria Antonia, is a constant in her life, as is also the total gift of herself. She, leaning on God and not on her own strength, nor on human powers, unfolds her maternal being in the following of Jesus, imitating the Apostles, with a deep sense of church and radically committed to renewing it.
This apostolic mission has no frontiers, neither geographical nor social, it is inspired by the same apostolic mission of Jesus. With a permanent attitude of obedience and availability, openness and above all audacity to let oneself be surprised by God himself, in every missionary journey.
Happy Day to all of you and to all those who share our mission with us day by day!
Today we begin the triduum of our Mother Foundress. On these days we unite as a religious family, remembering that we are called to be: joyful, simple women, open to all without distinction, living the charism of announcing the gospel; missionary communities “which goes forth”, welcoming, familiar, that promote the construction of fraternity in a divided world; apostolic body with Claretian identity, in constant adaptation to the signs of the times, in universal mission.
Let us all enjoy this time of reunion with our Mother Foundress, may her attitudes of discernment, her evangelical criteria and her intense search for the will of God inspire us to live in an attitude of faith and make us fruitful in our daily commitment and wise in making our path easier by working with others.
A group of Claretian Sisters with the desire to EVOKE the congregational origins arrived in Santiago de Cuba between January 2nd and 3rd.
Called by the Spirituality Itinerary E VOC ANDO Cuba 2020, Doralice Franco, Luz Stella Hernández, Gloria González (Province of Latin America); Carmen S., María Luisa G., Ángela M. (Province of Europe) and Annunciation I. (Province of Virgin of Guadalupe) met in the Retreat house of Cobre where, accompanied by Ana María and Priscilla, they have begun this experience evoking the vocational journey in the light of the experience of the Founders, in a particular way, in this case, the period of their stay in Cuba.
They were received by the sisters of the community of Santiago, who collaborated intensely in the logistics of this meeting, as well as, in other aspects, the community of Guantánamo.
For several an emotionally charged reunion, for others the joy of meeting sisters from different parts of the world, for all the great joy of being in the land of the cradle of the congregation.
Step by step, the initial moments were lived, interiorizing the dynamics of the Itinerary and walking its paths through reflections, prayers, sharing, above all, the contact with the experience of the Founders and their message for the today of our lives.
As we are making our way, we are grateful for the experience of fraternity that makes us family, the joy of following Jesus that gives meaning to life beyond all things and the charism of our Founders who give us this Claretian identity that we carry as a stamp engraved on our hearts.
We begin the year under the maternal gaze of Mary, Mother of God, whose solemnity we celebrate today. A day on which in a special way we join the day of prayer for peace.
The theme proposed by the Pope is “Peace as a journey of hope: dialogue, reconciliation and ecological conversion”, emphasizing that the path of peace is always a path of hope, is a “process thus requires enduring commitment. It is a patient effort to seek truth and justice, to honour the memory of victims and to open the way, step by step, to a shared hope stronger than the desire for vengeance”.
In the congregational scenario of this year 2020, in which the celebration of 100 years of the unified Institute proposes us to revitalize our “being an intercultural community for the mission” these words of the Pope's message gain greater meaning: “The culture of fraternal encounter […] leads us beyond the limits of our narrow horizons and constantly encourages us to a live in a spirit of universal fraternity, as children of the one heavenly Father”.
Peace is not the absence of differences or conflicts. Peace is our attitude of friendship and brotherhood towards ourselves, others and creation. It is "a precious value and the aspiration of the entire human family.
A Happy New Year 2020, with the desire to make peace a reality throughout the world.
From the time of its Franciscan origins, the nativity scene has invited us to “feel” and “touch” the poverty that God’s Son took upon himself in the Incarnation.
Implicitly, it summons us to follow him along the path of humility, poverty and self-denial that leads from the manger of Bethlehem to the cross.
It asks us to meet him and serve him by showing mercy to those of our brothers and sisters in greatest need.
(Admirabile Signum, 3)
Ah! A whole God made man deigns to descend from heaven to teach us the fulfillment of his Gospel by word and deed, so that no one may be exempted from fulfilling it.
In what garment does this great Lord, whose heaven and earth are, appear to teach us the fulfillment of his will? I see no more in the holy cave, blissful cave, than extreme poverty and an ecstasy of humility!
(cf. M.A. París, P. for the reform, 67)
Bethlehem, our meeting point!
Contemplating this admirable sign, let us walk in its light
as one family of God.
The General Government of Claretian Missionary Sisters we wish you a
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!