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Hello here we are again with you from the EVOCANDO 2019…
Already on the way to last part of our EVOCANDO -
As you already know, this workshop has the characteristic of EVOCAR (Evoke), in the life of Claret, Paris and in us the probable stages of growth that usually present certain characteristics. The richness of going deeper into integral personal knowledge will be harvested along the way, trying to follow the footsteps of Christ animated by our founders who passed through these stages, with faith and hope in God who never changes.
The third stage: the time of the apostolic fullness, of creative impulse and of fertility in the mission of Claret in Cuba, the man of fire and the diligent pastor, that gradually adapt his apostolic mission with the will of God. And Maria Antonia, having hope only in the One who called her with the vocation as the foundress, crossed the seas with her first companions and reached new worlds to follow the Lord’s command.
As a group we made the pilgrimage to the communities of Tremp and Carcagente, besides Reus, Velez Rubio and Cuba are the houses founded by Mother Antonia. Ana Roca and the community of Tremp, Pilar Sebastián and the community of Carcagente, all contributed to the guide and evocation of the beginnings of the work. Thank you Sisters.
Pilgrimage to the Portichol de Valldigna and then to the cemetery where the remains of our dear sister Maria Patrocinio Giner, we prayed before the tomb of our sister and were filled with her spirit of witness of the faith.
The fourth stage led us fully to the vicissitudes that bring in the midlife, realism, trials and apostolic sufferings; loneliness, incomprehension and the lost which the founders knew how to integrate as pedagogy of God "knowing God’s will no difficulty offers me".
The fifth stage: It surprises us with an invitation to look into the sunset of life to prepare ourselves, but mostly to understand and accompany those who are already in it. Thank you Ana Maria and Amilbia for guiding, accompanying and directing this itinerary.
Today first of September we say goodbye to Ewa who has to resume her work in Poland, the group breaks apart and we feel it, but we give infinite thanks to God for the depth of everything shared and from now on our prayer accompanies every Claretian of this first evoking.
WE ENTRUST OURSELVES TO YOUR PRAYERS IN THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES THAT WE BEGIN September 2nd. FOR THE GREATER GLORY GOD!
The anniversary of the Foundation has been celebrated throughout the Congregation. For many it has been a normal work day, for others, a festive memory of events in the Entities, anniversaries of profession.
“I want to have in my soul the gratitude of those who follow Jesus! ”… Sister Mabel says on the day she celebrated her silver jubilee in the chapel of Reus on August 27, in a charismatically significant place surrounded by sisters from the 4 continents.
On the same day in Kimwenza (Congo) 6 sisters: Vivian, Benedicte, Noella, Germaine, Dorcas and another Benedicte have made their first profession.
We thank God for the gift of the Claretian vocation, for the response of each sister and for contributing to the announcement of the Kingdom throughout the world.
So, I made my long –awaited profession on August 27 1855 in the hands of my prelate Claret, to the joy of everybody, and more happiness in my soul-this one cannot be expressed…(Aut.MP225)
When His Excellency Claret put the crown I felt a weight so extraordinary on my head that it make bend, and naturally the crown weighed very little since it was formed by very fine flowers. As I wondered about the great weight Our Lord told me “This is my daughter, the burden that you carry of the Reformation of my Church; and His Divine Majesty called me three times “my spouse” with great love making me understand that the Eternal Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit loved me much: And Our Lord said to me “My daughter: from now on I want to be in the midst of your heart as on my own throne:” and he rewarded with so much grace to have been waiting for so many years this sacred betrothal that His Majesty wanted to celebrate it for eight days in a row keeping the sacramental species from one communion to another, grace which had my soul as it were away from me and it seemed that it had its resting place and dwelling in the center of the Sacred Heart of my God and Lord. I say «in the center of my God’s Heart», because it did not seem to me that God was in my heart, but I saw as if myself, body and soul, was within the Sacred Heart of my God and Lord. (Relación a Caixal, 9)
A day like today, 50 years ago, the Special General Chapter began in Madrid, Spain. Extraordinary chapter, in which the Congregation welcomed the call of the Church and its renewal out of the II Vatican Council. It was the year 1969.
Let us be in tune with this strong and visionary Spirit that illuminated that Chapter; that we remember it with gratitude and we refresh its memory.
We celebrate the 164th anniversary of the Foundation of the Congregation in this climate of renewal from the roots. Let us celebrate with gratitude and hope our Claretian vocation. May our dreams and joy of identifying our life as a gift for others in the Church encourage our daily lives.
“Day of the Assumption of the Blessed Mary (1851) I gathered the young women I had admitted as companions… and we all communed with great devotion and tenderness, offering ourselves to God with a vow to cross the seas and go anywhere in the world without making division between us, nor depart from anything of our superior's opinion ... ”(Aut. 70)
On this anniversary of the vow of Tarragona, we want to celebrate the fidelity experience of each Claretian missionary as a guarantee of the Charism, which resides in each one and since it is reconfiguring - in each time and place - the wealth of the community, its identity and its contribution to the revitalization of ecclesial life (Cf DC 1969, CP 15.27).
Happy feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
The sisters of the General Government