In the eve of the Celebration we are feeling so close to all the
communities, collaborators, students, women, adults and children… all over the world…
Wishing us to never finish the walk of discipleship, like Mary, and never end to get up and move forward where the needs are calling us.
Remembering our beginnings, so connected to the Celebration of Immaculate Conception, we are aware of the missionary paths still before us.
Today also we welcome the Reflection of María Soledad on the unity of Action and Contemplation in our Claretian life.
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“Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them” (Ps 126)
With these words the community of Owerri (Nigeria) has celebrated the inauguration - blessing of the house, built with the effort of the whole Congregation. We have been in Owerri since December 2008. During all these years Claretian missionaries have left us for the use of a part of their house, from where the sisters have been spreading and carrying the mission until today in different fields: catechesis, education and health .
The blessing of the house, in the presence of Archbishop Anthony Obinna, accompanied by the Provincial Symeon Nwobi cmf, several Claretians and Cathy Tulengi the provincial superior of Africa, has been an opportunity, as they report, to share, to thank the Providence manifested in these years of construction and to continue working for the community as a home of welcoming, of prayer, of simple and missionary fraternity.
To the Claretian Fathers of Eastern Province special thanks for the long "neighborhood" and support, which does not end despite of the distance of living.
With the whole Church we have entered the new liturgical year. And as all great events they begin with “expectations” we too open up our hearts to experience a fresh the hope, the trust, the faith of Israel awaiting Messiah. On the light of this first coming of Jesus Christ we are invited to awake, to open our eyes and spirit to discover His living presence in our midst and welcome Him in every day, coming to us in so many ways.
And who comes in our aid? Mary, mother of Jesus teaching us to listen to God, to be ready without fear to embrace the mystery of God letting Him operate in us and through us. Yes, the nine days in which the whole Congregation prepares for Immaculate Mary Feast give this Marian tune to the beginning of Advent, feeling hand to hand with Her, guiding us in hope and availability in our missionary service.
REUS - The celebration of the inauguration took place first within the thanksgiving Mass presided by Fr Ricard Costa, Provincial superior of Claretian Missionaries of Catalonia. We were gathered sisters form different communities, collaborators, and even relatives of María Antonia from Tarragona. In teh second part the Superior General Maria Soledad and representative of the City Council Dolors Sarda, addressed all with meaningful messages, stressing on the actuality of the life of Paris and the relevant aspects of her witness bringing them to our days.
The Museum wants to be a place of encounter with this woman fully dedicated to God and missionary service for others. Walking in faith and evangelical values, she shows us the way and invites us to walk together helping each other in reaching horizons of goodness and justice.
We ask her to intercede for us, especially when our paths of life, mission and hopes are darkened.
Watch the simple video from the celebration: https://youtu.be/uJPDkMcjnZQ
All over the world as Claretian Family we have celebrated on 24th the day of the Founder, inspirational person of our Charism and model of Evangelizer. Saint Anthony Maria Claret. The different posts on Facebooks, local websites, manifest the vigor of the missionary spirit of the Family in sharing the joy of the celebration, in gatherings, prayer services and renewed commitment for all the apostolates we carry out.
The same day the Centre of Studies on Claretian Spirituality in Vic (CESC) opens a new Website, where offers access to the sources: documents, writings, and reflections related with Saint Antonio María Claret.
This becomes a wonderful place for the encounter and deepining of his Charism so that may not be only a "virtual" space, but with it contains, enkindle our hearts with the missionary flame of Love for Christ and His Gospel.