Provincial Superior's Communication no. 11
November 20, 2016
Grace and peace to you all in Jesus Christ, Master and King of the Universe!
Today’s celebration of the liturgical Solemnity of Christ the King brings to a close the celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pope Francis who seals the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica today, enjoins us to be “filled, above all, with a sense of gratitude and thanksgiving to the Most Holy Trinity for having granted us an extraordinary time of grace.” He invites us to pray and join him in his particular intention to “entrust the life of the Church, all humanity, and the entire cosmos to the Lordship of Christ, asking him to pour out his mercy upon us like the morning dew, so that everyone may work together to build a brighter future.”
As we end the liturgical year and look forward to the new one, let us review and revisit our “Mercy timeline” and behold the overflow of God’s mercy in our personal lives. In the life of our Province, we have been graced, among others, with the recently concluded celebration of our 3rd Provincial Chapter last November 11 – 17, 2016 where all of us delegates felt the merciful and loving presence of our God. We believe this was made possible too by your prayers and life offering. In behalf of all the delegates of the Chapter, please accept my sincerest gratitude for prayerfully journeying with us throughout the process of discernment, discussion and decision. In the coming days, the delegates of the Chapter, with the accompaniment of a member of the Provincial government, will be sharing with you the experience and content of the Provincial Chapter.
It is good for us to take note also that immediately after the Provincial Chapter, Sr. M. Leticia Bantolinao, General Councilor, met the members of the Provincial Government for evaluation sessions since we are at the middle of our mandate in the service of authority. At the end of our meeting, we have seen, among others, that it will be more helpful and productive to undergo a discernment process with all the sisters of the Province regarding two issues which were also discussed during the Chapter: first, on the proposed development plan of the Divine Master Antipolo complex, and second, on the use of the “official” and “un-official habit” of the members of our Province. Kindly see the attached survey form to this Circular; please take time to pray and discern before answering. The member of the Provincial government who will be present in your community in the following days will then gather your answers and listen to the community discussion and discernment on said issues. This will then be taken up in our next council meeting and presented to the General government.
Let us be ready to receive further graces as we join hearts and minds to celebrate the liturgical memorial of our Founder, Blessed James Alberione on November 26. Sr. M. Regina Cesarato, our Mother General, made a special recommendation in her last Circular letter (November 8, 2016) on how we can worthily prepare to celebrate this memorial.
Lastly, we are now in the process of making our community plans for the upcoming Advent and Christmas season. It might be good to take up also the very timely recommendations of Mother General in that same letter: “As we benefit from a comfortable and secure life, let us not forget those who suffer hunger, cold, nakedness and discomforts of every kind. We must avoid complaining, and, following the example of Jesus, live the solidarity that is demanded of every person. (…) If we learn to discern what is truly important, leaving aside the rest, including those words that are useless and harmful, we can all live the 9th General Chapter as an event of grace and growth in co-responsibility.”
Loving greetings to each one, and my assurance of prayer, especially to the sisters most tried in body and spirit,
Sr. M. Gemma Victorino pddm