Provincial Superior's Circular 2020 N. 4
November 29, 2020
1st Sunday of Advent
As we commence the new Liturgical Year with the first Sunday of Advent, allow me to thank each and everyone for the trust, docility to the will of God and for the collaboration as we move on to a re-newed journey in our Province. We are still waiting for the appointment, by the General Government, of the Provincial Bursar, the formators of the Novices and of the Temporary Professed Sisters.
The anxieties and uncertainties brought about by the present pandemic prepare us, not only in 'waiting', but for the transitions taking place as we re-organize our communities and the different sectors of our apostolate. This global crisis helps us to deepen our faith, develop our patience, and strengthen our hope and trust in God. Pope Francis, in a Sunday Advent message, says this to us now, “during Advent, we are called to enlarge the horizons of our hearts, to be surprised by the life that is presented each day with its newness. In order to do this we need to learn to not depend on our own securities, our own established plans, because the Lord comes in the hour which we don’t imagine”.
As we continue to pray for those who are greatly affected by the pandemic and various calamities in our country, we also recognize the conversions, transformations and God’s surprises for us with this COVID 19. We have become more caring of each other, of the people around us, and of our Mother Earth. The quarantine period led us to “cast our nets” into the deepest part of our being and we become more aware of what is most essential in life. One of God’s surprises, being in “lockdown,” is how our Master and Shepherd nurtured the seed of vocation in the hearts of Hoa, Dianne and Maria. Their experience of love, acceptance and accompaniment during their stay with the Provincial House community are manifestations of God’s loving care and a confirmation of his will to call them to the religious life in our Congregation. For them it was an immersion into Christ’s paschal mystery. The difficulty of returning home became a sign of God’s guiding hand for them and for us towards his plan and will.
On December 8, Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, is the re-entry of Hoa to pre-postulancy with Sr. Ma. Luz Cabahug as Formator. Dianne and Maria will be re-admitted to the Novitiate on January 25, Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. The ritual of re-entry for them will take place at Alberione Center after which the DMC community in Antipolo will welcome them back with open arms and hearts. As we pray for them, we also pray for our four postulants- Joyce, Sylvia, Jovelyn and Alaine who will travel to Davao City on December 4 with Sr. Christina and me. Let us also welcome back from Rome our Sr. Lixia and Sr. Cheryl on December 4 after completing their formative preparation for the Perpetual Profession. Let us include in our prayers and congratulations the Sisters of the different countries, who in their Juniorate, participated in the three months course in Rome.
In her last Circular, Sr. Micaela Monetti, our Superior General, shares with us a beautiful quotation from the song of a certain Domenico Modugno: “How is it possible that you made my life something of yours, transforming time into expectation of seeing you again.” This Advent season will hopefully be a fresh beginning for us to experience anew the 'Beauty that saves' the world through our witnessing.
As we have launched the Pauline Biblical Year on the feast of our Founder, Blessed James Alberione, we continue being transformed by the Word made flesh radiating within us.
In joyful anticipation of Christ's coming,
Sr. Mary Anthony E. Basa