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We celebrate today, July 4, the day of our Constitutions. Happy day!
We have precious Constitutions, deeply theologically and charismatically. The sisters who have worked in its writing and in the Chapter sessions (in 1975 and 1981) for its final elaboration - some still live - have repeated many times that its content, its spirit, its universality are expression of the work of the holy Spirit and of the fecundity of the Charism in the Congregation.
They are our "Word", our Claretian "lectio divina" of the Gospel; they are the "harvest" collected after so many years of sowing the charism in the life and testimony of the Claretians. The Constitutions are our fundamental reference for life and mission and therefore without putting them into practice, as we have professed, our vocation has no sustenance.
The current Constitutions, approved in 1984, are the result of the renewal marked by the Second Vatican Council. The first step of this collegial process in the Congregation was the Extraordinary Chapter of 1969. The result of its delicate task: to carry out within the general renewal of the Church, that of the Institute, is included in the Chapter Documents of the IX General Chapter.
It will be good for us all to remember, to rediscover these documents and the event of Extraordinary Chapter of which 50 years have passed. From August 25 to October 19, 1969 the Chapter Community gathered in Mater, Madrid (Spain) studied and discerned the apostolic elements of the Charism; the durability of this gift from which emanates a force capable of assuring the Institute of its permanent relevance; the characteristics of our vocation. Let as reread these Documents. We will not be able, in fact, to value or enjoy the today of our living charism, without knowing this transcendental step of the Spirit through our history, which the renewal of Vatican II provoked.
"Educational love as a pedagogical tool" was the basic theme of the First Encounter of the general prefect of mission with the Educators of our school María Inmaculada of Mpasa (Kinshasa RD Congo) on June 28. With a high participation of teachers, educators, and workers who exchanged their work experiences. With great interest, we have worked in the group, then we shared the answers and proposals on how to be a Claretian educator, from care for the environment and sustainability in the educational spaces in which each one develops his/her mission.
June 28. Once again we remember the anniversary of the birth of María Antonia París, at the time, under conflicting social and political circumstances, which may well evoke the current ones and those of so many other moments in history, in which the hope against all hope was updated and is updated in a particular way.
Evoking the birth of Mother Foundress leads us to give thanks, for the miracle of life that dawns, and also for the ever surprising ways of God who leads, to those who let themselves be guided by Him, in the newness of the Spirit, so that His footprint may become noticeable in various ways, since His is always “to make all things new” (cf. Rev. 21:5a).
Faced with this, confidence widens and impels us to say: Give us, Lord, a renewed look, to grasp that Life that beats, at times, is sometimes hidden. Give us that fine spiritual sensitivity, which is born of faith and relationship with you, to teach others to “perceive” your vital presence even where the ashes of oblivion, indifference or unbelief seem to prevail. May we never get tired of sowing the hope of the Life you give us!
Let us celebrate “Corpus Christi” as a living and consoling memory of God’s love. In the Eucharistic experience of Jesus, we find all the taste of his words, of his gestures, of his dependence, of his confidence and his search for the will of his Abba, the vehemence to live the Easter, the fragrance of his spirit.
To accept and eat the “bread of life” means to enter into communion with the heart of Christ: his choices, his feelings, his thoughts, his behaviors.
This eucharistic experience that we celebrate and receive in each Mass may help us to enter into the dynamism of love of Jesus and to become builders of unity and fraternity, bearers of forgiveness and reconciliation. To share our life in solidarity.
The Claretian Youth Vocation Ministry animated by the Claretian Missionaries and accompanied by the Claretian Missionaries has gathered around 45 young people from the Claretian Schools of Lima, Huancayo and Trujillo and the parishes of San Antonio María Claret and San Miguel Arcángel, who are in the process of preparation to receive the sacrament of confirmation. They participated in a retreat on the Forge from June 7 to 9 at the Claretian Seminary in Lima.
They were days of prayer, reflection, sharing and great joy. The young vineyard burned in charity sharing their experience as young people who today choose Christ in realities so different, but with a single feeling, a single charisma and the same desire ... "it burns where it passes and burns in charity ".