Provincial Superior's Circular 2020 N.3
Circular No. 3
August 22, 2020
Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
From the earliest ages of the catholic church a Christian people, whether in time of triumph or more especially in time of crisis, has addressed prayers of petition and hymns of praise and veneration to the Queen of Heaven. And never has that hope wavered which they placed in the Mother of the Divine King, Jesus Christ; nor has that faith ever failed by which we are taught that Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, reigns with a mother's solicitude over the entire world, just as she is crowned in heavenly blessedness with the glory of a Queen (Ad Caeli Reginam #1).
Today’s celebration of the Queenship of Mary gives us much hope and strength in this time of pandemic. Our country is also confronted with challenges that we, as Church, need to address, such as the movements in Congress to enact a Death Penalty Law, the signing into law of the Anti-Terror Act of 2020, and the recent calamities which continue to claim lives and properties. So many people are rendered homeless and jobless. But this global crisis should not dampen our faith but rather usher us into a deeper reflection of what is more valuable in human life and what lessons are we learning from all these events. The pandemic is making us realize the importance of our ministry of prayer and binds us more closely with one another and with all of creation. Our Mother General, Sr. M. Micaela is inviting us to ask ourselves: how can we live this paradox of salvation, so that it is filled with the presence of God the Father who is good and renews all things? She continues to remind us to face the present reality with trust and hope because God’s plans are plans for peace and not misfortune (Circular N.4, July 8, 2020-Rome). Let us heed her request to share suggestions and viewpoints that the Spirit is inspiring in us and among us, with the persons with whom we share our life and mission.
Our Rule of Life continues to remind us to respond together to the needs of evangelization through the ministries that arise from our love of Jesus “living in the Eucharist, in the Priesthood and in the Church.” Open to the newness of God in history and in the world, we cultivate an attitude of learning from our experiences as well as those of others in order to renew our lives and develop the apostolate (RL 42).
Even amidst this global pandemic, let us never cease to recognize the abundant blessings of God especially as we celebrate the 64th foundation anniversary of our presence in the Philippines on August 25. Let us also entrust to our Blessed Mother our pre-postulants (Joyce Celiz, Alaine Jamorol, Sylvia Basilio and Jovelyn Dogwe) who are preparing to enter the next stage of their formative journey on August 30 with Sr. M. Christina Guadalquiver as their formator. We continue to pray for all those who are sick especially our sisters and the members of our natural and religious family, for our frontliners, and for all those greatly affected by this pandemic.
The threat of this fearful crisis fills us with a great anguish, and so with confidence we have recourse to Mary Our Queen, making known to her those sentiments of filial reverence which are not Ours alone, but which belong to all those who glory in the name of Christian (Ad Caeli Reginam #2).
Keep well and stay blessed,
Sr. M. Anthony E. Basa, PDDM