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November 13, Memorial of Maria Patrocinio, Martyr.
The future of our life takes root in the past and present of each one; that is, what our life will be tomorrow and beyond, it will be the reflection of what we are sowing, doing, building or demolishing in the present, in the midst of shadows and lights. Thus, we are weaving and writing our human and spiritual history through realities and situations, events, decisions, commitments, dreams, answers and failures, feelings and emotions.
In this way our Claretian martyr Maria Patrocinio built her life humbly grounded in faith, arising from listening to the Word of God rooted in his heart as on a fertile ground that God's love made grow, transforming what is small and modest into a reality that fermented all the dough of her person; of her human and Christian being so that his living and doing reflected the strength of Christ she lived intimately with.
We entrust her the whole Congregation and especially all the formators and educators.
On Saturday, October 26th, the Claretian Family present in Rome volunteered at the Traspontina Church, which during the synodal period was transformed into a welcoming tent (Tienda Casa Común) for all those who wanted to approach the Reality of the Synod for the Amazon.
Early in the afternoon they joined the prayer of the indigenous community remembering the martyrs of BRUMADINHO, on the eve of the closing of the Synod.
Yesterday, October 24, we celebrated the feast of St. Anthony Mary Claret, our Founder, together with members of the various branches of the Claretian Family here in Rome.
The celebration began with the Mass in the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Heart of Mary presided over by Superior General Mathew Vattamattam and concelebrated by many Claretians who are here in Rome.
Also Jolanta, our Superior General, intervened with words about the life and spirit of Claret, those who " cannot be understood without knowing the fire of Christ’s love that dwelt in his heart", and which was translated into his love for the Church, for the poor, for the Word of God. Claret " together with his charism he gave us a universal family with the same objective of proclaiming the Good News to all" and that same love for God.
The celebration continued with the inauguration of the "Claret Chapel Museum" where there are many objects related to the life of the Saint and an image of Mary, to which Claret consecrated his heart, which seems to embrace us and invite us to stop and pause to pray.
The celebration ended with a moment of fraternal agape renewing the joy and commitment of wanting to be missionaries like Claret.
Enjoying the beauty of the Claretian Charism, a free gift of the Spirit, we celebrate the feast of our Father Founder San Antonio Maria Claret in communion with the entire CLARETIAN FAMILY.
As we share, in different ways, in the richness of his missionary and apostolic charism, our desire is to let his same passion invade us, in translating into daily life the love of God, of Mary and of our neighbor.
Baptized and sent! CONSECRATED than SENT!
Lord and our Father
May I know you and make you know
May I love you and make you love
May I serve you and make you serve
May I praise you and make you praise….
We are beginning the year of anniversary that will be concluded on October 24 of 2020, celebrating 150th anniversary of the death of Claret.
From 17th to 19th October, Priscilla, General Prefect of Apostolic Mission and Miriam, co-worker of the general team, participated in two workshops organized by MMI and UISG: "Women’s voice in the Church" and "On fire with Communications".
The speaker was Sister Annmarie Sanders, communications director of LCWR and many sisters from different Congregations participated.
These workshops dealt with very interesting topics on communication for religious life: the importance of cultivating curiosity, seeking beauty so that it may guide us, savoring awe, etc... to be able to transmit all this to others.
Yes, Communicating is mission, but we always have to be careful about the risks.
The meetings were not only theoretical but also practical and sharing our experiences, needs/concerns and thoughts was enriching for everyone.
We understood that communicating is something very important not only to explain what we do but to transmit who we are, because
our work should not be confused with our vocation.