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From 11th to 13th December, in the community of "Casa Antonia París" in Kottapitiya-Chilaw, we had a workshop with Lia and Amilbia, sisters of the General Government. A total of 15 sisters belonging to the two communities of Sri Lanka participated.
We began by listening and discussing on the "Renewed commitment in Vocational Culture" as a call which includes everyone to follow Christ through different forms of life. Then we reflected on the topic of "Conflicts" underlining the need to be reconciled persons in order to evangelize better; and the last day we dealt with the topic "Living the Vows for the Transformation of Reality".
Personal and shared moments of prayer and reflection were the dynamics carried out. All this enriched the group and enlightened and strengthened our religious commitment.
We are very much grateful to our beloved sisters Lia and Amilbia for sharing their love, time and energy with us in a truly fraternal way.
It is significant accompanying Sinthiya in these final moments of preparation for her first commitment.
It was a day filled with Joy and Gratitude for Sinthiya and the community, in thanking the Lord for the gift of this vocation. We were blessed by the encouraging presence of the many religious priests and sisters and families. We experienced tender love of God and Immaculate Mother in each moment.
Religious vows are a special commitment because they have to do with our relationship with God and with following of Jesus of the Gospel.
At the Feast of the Immaculate Mary we ask Mary to extend her mantle, a mantle "full of sun" (I saw a great sign, the Woman clothed by the sun ... Rev 12,1) and illuminate again the congregational path today. May we all feel her protection, her guidance, her encouragement.
Happy festival to all! to our collaborators, to those who share with us in the mission, the work and the experiences! Under her mantle we are ALL and we feel ONE.
Next year we celebrate 100 YEARS OF THE UNIFIED INSTITUTE, renewing our communion in the multiculturality.
We are getting ready to rekindle our communion and we will do it from the perspective of interculturality. We want to REVITALIZE what we are called to be: an intercultural community for the mission. (From Rome, December 8)
Today is a great and memorable day in my life journey.
I am so happy because God has granted this grace to commit myself forever in this congregation of Religious of Mary Immaculate Claretian Missionary Sisters. I am so glad about the presence of Sr. Lia and Sr. Amilbia on this occasion. I am happy and my family too to witness this great occasion.
The sisters contributed a lot to this event and it was so solemn and serene. I felt that whole congregation is united with me through prayers. I felt also that I renewed my commitment once again and also is a total surrendering to God’s great gift of life in our congregation. When I pronounced my profession I felt that confidence in God’s love and compassion. I also remembered gratefully all of my formators who have contributed for my growth in my formative journey and Charismatic life.
Thank you dear sisters for your great support for my vocational journey and continue to pray for me and for my joyful perseverance!
December 3rd 2019.
Four Sundays before the Birth of Christ, "Christmas", the liturgy gives us the opportunity to set out... in an attitude of WAIT.
The Word of God in this time will invite us in a special way to raise our gaze, to stand up, to awaken faith, hope, to be joyful and vigilant, to go out to meet God and our brothers and sisters.
I only want, Christ.(M. Antonia París)
I only await, God with us.