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I am glad to share my joy and the experience which we had during the visit of the prefects general of apostolic mission, Lia and formation, Amilbia. We the junior sisters were gathered in Nirmala Nivas, Mysore, Karnataka , India, on 20th of November 2019. The topic was “The Vows”.
The meeting began with prayer and in a family atmosphere we carried out different activities, having the opportunity to share and reflect personally. We all were very much content with the topic that has really strengthened us. It brought us new understanding of the Religious life and the living of “Our vows”.
Religious life is a call to be prophetic mission in the church and in the world, this is our identity.
We thank God and the General Government for this beautiful opportunity.
We ask Him to help us live our vocation with joy.
We had an organized seminar and workshops from 15th -17th November 2019 at Antonia Paris Nilaya, Mysore. We were 8 active participants’ sisters from different communities which gave variety in the group to enrich each other. The session was led by Sr. Latela Priscilla the Gen. Pref. of Apostolic Mission and Sr. Amilbia Penagos the Gen. Pref. of Formation.
It was intensive and relevant topic of today’s reality to create a new Vocational culture which gives life to a new horizon, realizing different calls within the community to respond and serve to the needs of the society.
We realize that it is a journey of life which promotes an encounter with God, oneself, others and nature and is lived in day today life through accompaniment, respect, fraternity and Joy of the Gospel where everyone is nurtured to respond to one’s own call.
The dynamics of the sessions included Lectio Divina, personal reflections, group sharing, team work and presentations which helped each of us in the process of our missionary formation.
We are called to witness through our personal testimony to promote new vocations which is the primary evangelization as Claretian missionaries.
On November 16th and 17th, at the General House of the La Salle Brothers, a formation meeting for the Charismatic Families was held, deepening the theme: "Church People of God, of, among and in peoples", beating from the heart with the Church which goes forth.
Jolanta, our General Superior, as president of the UISG, greeted the Assembly and made a brief reflection on the Charism: "The greatest charism is Christ; we, our charisms, are only nuances of that greatest Charism. The nuances can be infinite, hence diversity is a great gift for the service and good of the Church".
Thanks to the different speakers, we were able to reflect on various themes: with Father Gino Buccarello (O. SS. T) and Bro. Enrico Muller (FSC), that of the church which goes forth, a church that has to walk towards Christ, walking towards others, especially those most in need; with Don Rossano Sala (SDB) and Sister Izabel Carvalho (SCVI), keys towards a missionary synodality, starting from the experience of the Synods of the Youth and of Amazonia.
It was two days as intense as stimulating. We breathed a climate of communion, where diversity is not seen as a threat, but as an opportunity to walk together.
En el encuentro participaron Jolanta, Superiora General, Ana María, Prefecta General de Espiritualidad y Miriam, colaboradora del equipo general.
In the meeting participated Jolanta, General Superior, Ana María, General Prefect of Spirituality and Miriam, co-worker of the general team.
This year it is celebrated on Sunday, November 17th, with the title “The hope of the poor shall not perish forever”. This sentence, chosen by Pope Francis and inspired by Psalm 9, offers us points of reflection and action to continue walking in a change of mentality that allows us to discover the essential, making effective the proclamation of the Kingdom of God.
We are all called to look into the eyes of the poor we meet, to share with them a piece of the path, to “get close” to each person in difficulty. Let us not lose the opportunity to commit ourselves to accompany the processes of dignification of our poorest brothers and become instruments and opportunities for peace, solidarity and the promotion of the dignity of every human being because, as the motto says, our commitment won’t be in vain.
We unite in communion with the universal Church and with the poor of the world who, as the Pope said, only need “a gaze of love and an outstretched hand”.
Today, November 13th, we celebrate María Patrocinio Giner, educator, martyr and guide in the mission and service of formative accompaniment.
The life of the Claretian Martyr was founded on faith, emerged and nourished by listening to the Word of God rooted in her heart. God’s love made her grow as a consecrated woman who reflected the strength of Christ, who dwelt intimately in her.
In this way, she became a witness of values and virtues, of coherence and spiritual depth, of responsibility, energy, courage, trust and abandonment in God, fidelity that was transparent in the simplest and humblest community and educational service.
The celebration of the memory of Patrocinio will help us to grow in the path of the mission of accompaniment, cultivating in our hearts attitudes and values of patience and tenderness, of mercy and respect that facilitate closeness and fraternity.
May our witness of a life of Faith, charity and hope in the Risen One be our principal means and language in mission.
Through the intercession of Mother María Patrocinio, let us ask the Lord to grant us the gift and the art of accompanying and giving our lives to the service of the Kingdom with the same peace and strength with which she gave her life for Christ and for others.
We wish you a HAPPY DAY!