We have come to the end of the second phase of our journey, that is, spending time for a deeper reflection on the charism of the Institute. We have touched the place where it all began. This experience led us to a more profound understanding of the mind and heart of the Foundress, Saint Madgalene.
It’s like encountering her today while we listen, read and reflect. We feel we are blessed to have a Foundress like her. A woman of listening heart. Listening to the Word and putting it into action. Listening to the needs of the time and acting on it.
Inspice et Fac, in reality.
The invitation for us now is to sharpen our sensitivity to the needs of the time. To shift paradigm when the needs of the present world call for it. The word of our Holy Father continues to echo in our heart:
Let us go forth, then, let us go forth to offer everyone the life of Jesus Christ… so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life.”
[Evangelii Gaudium, 49]
In the word of the Foundress, “Make Jesus known that He may be loved” to very corner of the world.
There is still a long road to trod. We feel we are always on the starting point of a long journey. But encouraged by what the word of the Foundress when she wrote:
My sisters, do not be frightened at seeing the height of the aim proposed to you…God who chooses the weakest and most unsuitable instruments… will lead us.
This period of formation is truly moment of listening, asking question and moment when we can re-commit ourselves, making few more steps, reach the call to live our life to the fullest. Hence become more joyful, more prophetic that the world may believe. As they say, a journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
We thank Mother General and Council for this initiative. Likewise gratitude also to our Provinces and to our facilitators Sr. Natalina Biffi and Sr. Laura Losifor taking time to be with us.