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Happy day of the Constitutions! They contain in themselves an inspiration, that of the Gospel and of the charism and a process of more than 160 years of dialogue with the signs of the times.
Almost 100 years ago, after the unification of the Institute, the Superior General Maria Luisa Lloret, in 1922 communicated the approval of the Constitutions with these words. "The constitutions ... must consolidate the work of our union and must produce within the Institute a great force of fecundity and expansion."
A beautiful phrase, written so many years ago, when the memory of those who knew the Mother Foundress was still alive, it has not lost its relevance. We wish each other a happy day and a happy mission to continue consolidating our union and take care of its fruitfulness.
JUNE 28, 1813. Her beginnings of life were in times of serious political conflicts, war, insecurity, losses, uncertainty. The context in which she was born and her life experience are examples of a game gained to life, which becomes a grateful memory and a sign of hope that God always "accompanies and cares for his children with tender mothership".
We see in her a testimony of a life trusted in God and an intercessor to whom to plead the divine favor so that, sustained by this grace, we may face the challenges of our history and offer our brothers and sisters a welcoming "place" where to search comfort and protection. Let us tire not of proposing, and more so, in this time of so much pain, Marie Antonia Paris, as mediation between God and so many people who suffer, not only the pandemic, but so many situations that come from it and other circumstances. Let us encourage ourselves to be bridges of consolation and prophets of hope with Mother the Founder.
In this month of June, together with other activities, we have held two meetings with the prefects of apostolic mission on 13 and 20 June and one with the prefects of formation on 20 June.
They have been spaces for reflection and sharing, of evaluation and vision of the future according to the Chapter commitments and the calls of the Church and of Religious life.
We continue walking towards a global and integral ecology.
As Claretian Family present in Rome, we have had the opportunity, together with the parish community of the Basilica of the Heart of Mary in Parioli, to meet to celebrate the Patronal feast, with a solemn Eucharist presided by Father General Mathew Vattamattam and concelebrated by many Claretians. We have experienced a being family around the altar, accompanied by the strength that comes from the humble, attentive, contemplative, missionary and above all maternal heart of Mary. "Help us, Mother, to have a heart like You".
With joy we share that it was the first opportunity to gather celebrating after the rigorous quarantine.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the recent anti-racism protests have shown us how desperately we need to fight for a more inclusive and equal world: a world where no one is left behind. It has never been clearer that all of us have a role to play in order to bring about change. Everyone can make a difference. Everyone, including refugees, can contribute to society and Every Action Countsin the effort to create a more just, inclusive, and equal world.