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On the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, we celebrate our "BEING CONSECRATED" for the mission, following in the footsteps of Jesus in the style of Claret and París.
As Claretian missionaries today, we begin the Centennial year of the Unified Institute and we are invited to renew our belonging and communion with the Congregational Body; to say with joy: this is my family, they are my sisters! And also to meet with joy those who are walking with us, sharing charisma and mission, widening our family.
“ONE FAMILY AND ONE HEART ONLY”.
With infinite gratitude to God and to each one of the sisters who accompany us in this EVOCANDO together with our Founders María Antonia París and St. Anthony Mary Claret, we begin our fourth stage from January 19th to 22nd directed by Ana Maria Mandrile.
With deep emotions, after walking and knowing the emblematic places through which París and Claret walked, we prepare ourselves to reread their lives from key, strong moments, pain, suffering, abandonment, loneliness; decisive in their response to the will of God. It is the time of greatest suffering for both of them, and also of mystical graces as a confirmation of the fidelity of the One who called them to follow Him.
They only wish to do God's Will, always having Christ Crucified as their center.
We end this stage with a retreat contemplating the Founders in this circumstance of their lives.
On the 19th Ondina Cortés, Provincial Superior of the Organism Virgin of Guadalupe visits us and accompanies us until January 22nd. We all thank her for this fraternal detail.
On the 23rd we make a tour of old Havana, the cathedral, the city centre, the Capitol, the temple of the foundation of the city, the Malecón.
From 24th to 28th January we started the fifth stage led by Jolanta Kafka. Entering the Vocational Easter; the last years of our Founders: how to live vocationally active until the end of time? How to live the time of decline? How to prepare ourselves to live vocationally the last years as a Claretian Missionary Sister?
We begin each day by allowing the contemplation of the Word of God to enlighten us; by contemplating the life of the Founders who were dedicated to the service of the Gospel; and how they prepared for the final Easter.
We look into their hearts to feel like them and to search their lives for lights in our journey, which is towards the definitive encounter.
At the end of our encounter we are very grateful to each one of the sisters who dedicated their time to be with us, time of grace, of light, of study, of prayer, of deepening, of sharing together in community; with the Claretian Family, with our Claretian Missionary brothers, the sisters of the communities of Santiago and Guantanamo and of a joy that we carry very much engraved in our hearts, for having walked, touched, felt together Maria Antonia Paris and Fr. Claret. THANK YOU!
…May I know You, know me and know everything you want me to do… M.A.P.
May I know you and make you known; love you and make you loved… S.A.M.C.
The E.VOC.ANDO Cuba 2020 continues on track. On January 17th the group arrived in Havana to start the second part of the itinerary.
The experiences lived in Santiago are many, diverse and intense. From the depth of the sharing accompanied by Ana María, Lia and Soledad in what refers to reflection and interiorization in this “making the journey with the Founders” as the encounter with the places, spaces, persons who in one way or another speak to us of their lives in Santiago de Cuba: the dock, next to the Marina, where María Antonia and her companions disembarked, the journey to the first house in the Callejón del Carmen and the church of the same name, the school and the community where the foundation of the Institute took place and the arrival at the present community, full of emotion.
We visited the Church of St. Thomas, the Cathedral (which holds precious memories of Claret), the old seminary, the Church of St. Francis, the place of convocation in Claret’s time to hear his sermons. The visit to Holguín, Gibaras and the greeting to the Virgin of Charity (Barajagua) on the way back to Santiago.
We celebrated the Eucharist in the Cathedral of Guantanamo, where the Founder arrived on a pastoral visit, and we had the opportunity to see some books where there are marriage certificates signed by Archbishop Claret. All this with the pleasant and fraternal company of the Claretian Fathers of the Milagrosa and our sisters of the community of Guantánamo. On our return we visited La Maya where for a few years now there has been another community of Claretians who attend to a wide area of rural communities.
On the 16th we anticipate the celebration of the memory of the Mother Foundress together with a group of former students of our school of Santiago (which still functions as a state school) and coordinators of the Lay Claretian Family with whom we shared an emotional Eucharist presided by Monsignor Dionisio, who came to our house to share and thank together the charism that we have received as a gift and that with the grace of God, we are invited and committed to make grow where God himself has sent us.
Thank you, my God, for so much welcome!
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.