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In this time of open questions and challenges that daily knock on our doors how necessary it is to be close, to know how we are, how we live and face the old and new difficulties, how we maintain the warmth and the colour of the congregational body, so desired and dreamed of by the Founders.
Therefore, on June 6th, the superiors of the organisms and the members of the general government gathered online to share a space of prayer, reflection, information and decisions on how to continue walking in this time of uncertainty, trying to make our mission and purpose in the church be, even and in spite of our poverty, a significant contribution of service and hope.
We are grateful to God for His generosity and for giving us spaces, times and means, even if they are unsuspected, that make us grow in unity and in our being one family and one heart.
As it is been customary for years, the RMI-CMF General Governments had the meeting on Thursday, 4th June 2020, the scheduled meeting of March was delayed by the quarantine imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.The meeting took place in the General Curia of the Claretian Missionaries Fathers and the atmosphere was cordial and fraternal.
Fr. Joseph Mbungu-Mutu, CMF animated the opening prayer of the meeting. Then the floor was opened to share the experiences of this time of "global weakness" and its impact on our families and communities around the world. There had been many programs suppressed or changed and encounters with the different networks gave varied feelings of the experiences of death and resurrection of Easter. We believe that new painful consequences are still to come. But we feel again called to live in missionary outing with greater hope, in universal fraternal communion.
After a short break, several interesting topics of the future were discussed, among which we highlight the preparation of the XXVI General Chapter of the Claretian Missionaries and the preparation of a Seminar of Interculturality on the occasion of the centenary of the union of the Institute.
At 18:30 Msgr. Gaetano Di Pierro, Bishop of the Diocese of Farafangana in Madagascar, was present, who told us about that reality and the expectations that are open to our missionary presence as a Claretian family there.
At 19:45 there was a moment of prayer prepared and guided by Joseba Kamiruaga, cmf, in the chapel of Claret.
The meeting ended with the fraternal and cordial dinner shared with the whole community.
These are the few statements that will sum up one of the keys of the XVII General Chapter that entails in itself a journey already travelled for years and, at the same time, a new challenge, which starts from an updated understanding of the Claretian charism (Claret-Paris): it is a gift shared and lived from different vocations for the service of ecclesial communion.
By bringing to life a project of awareness, motivation and formation in this paradigm shift, the General Prefectures of Apostolic Mission and Spirituality promote different actions. Among them, the call to the committee that oversees the creation of a Training Itinerary for Claretian communities to walk with others, which held its first online meeting yesterday, June 3, 2020. It consists of three lay people, Enrique Aguilera (Santiago de Cuba), Carol Vargas (Bosa, Colombia), Manuel Valdés (Pola de Laviana, Spain), a facilitator, María Luisa Berzosa (religious of the Daughters of Jesus) and two of our sisters Ana María Mandrile and Priscilla Latela.
This first meeting aimed to the knowledge and interaction of its members, the global presentation of the project and its goal: to walk and grow as a Charismatic Family for the good and fruitfulness of ecclesial communion, contributing to Jesus' mission to proclaim the Gospel to every creature.
On 31st May we celebrated the day of the Claretian Vocation, with an online meeting of the different communities scattered throughout the world. An endearing space to meet and share about our Claretian experience at this historic moment. It has been exciting to experience family: A GIFT OF THE SPIRIT.
We publish the message of our mother General Jolanta k.:
Dear sisters, and collaborators,
it is an important day to celebrate our Claretian vocation in this special time of the Earth.
The consequences of the pandemic affect us and we celebrate our feast in this context that offers us new calls; as missionaries we are invited to affirm this call. The "Vocation is a gift to which we respond day by day". The Spirit URGES us, the Constitutions say, that is why on this day, my desire and our desire is that we respond with renewed apostolic creativity and enthusiasm to reach out those most in need of the Word and compassion.
We were receiving the videos of greetings, which for reasons of confinement have been taken in our houses, gardens, chapels. We know that it is a temporary situation. Let's not fall into the temptation to be too comfortable in our homes. Our mission place is the people of God and they wait for us so that we can go out and continue walking with them.
When water falls on the ground, on the rocks, on the sand, on different surfaces - it always finds a way out, a fissure to follow its path. This is the Spirit, a living water, hopefully it will overflow and enter our being, defeating our resistance. Let his Grace run in us, and give us the courage to follow his paths, perhaps new.
Our Founders have been people who have responded to crises through prayer, praying for the world and, at the same time, standing with availability to the creativity and mission of God, and they new how to respond concretely.
It is time to look for how the Gift of the Spirit is to be fulfilled today. We ask through Mary's intercession that we know how to stay prayerfully and listen to the Lord, offering ourselves to Him and prophetically risking lunching ourselves on new paths that He wants. JOLANTA
"They were all filled with the Holy Spirit." These words resound today in us as in the disciples on the day of Pentecost.
They were filled with joy, hope, new ideas and dreams to bring to the whole world the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus.
Filled... because it can only be filled if there is space and, above all, openness, disposition, acceptance.
On this day of the Claretian vocation we ask for that same grace:
Come spirit of God!, and grand us your gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, science, piety, strength, fear of God, that we may follow with missionary zeal, in the footsteps of Christ, our good.
They see spirit of God!, and give us new strength, apostolic vigour and evangelizing passion to face the challenges of today's world, which calls us to new horizons, teaches us to look forward to the future and to bring consolation to the ends of the earth.
Come, Spirit of God...! Come here!
Claretian Missionary Sisters