The entrance song sung in Portuguese inspired and led us to reflect on this special day dedicated to commemorate St. Bartolomew, one of the Apostles. He is the Apostle described by the Gosple as a good Israelite with no duplicity. Our Mass celebrant, Fr. Gilbert Feire, SJ, in his homily emphasized on our Chapter theme “women of the word loving without measure” called to be contemplatives and apostles. This is concretized in our love for God and neighbors without measure. He underlined that like the apostles who were called to belong to Jesus, our Congregation too is called and belongs to Jesus and the Apostles.
Today we entered into the next discernment phase on the Chapter Documents: the Directory. We started with a beautiful dance done by our Brazilian sisters. The dance gave honor to the Word – Bible. We must learn to fix our gaze on Jesus- The Word, who calls us to discern together as a Congregation in the coming six years in order to respond to the cries, the challenges of this changing world of ours!
Our warm welcome to Sr. Mariana Litmanovich, one of the General Council elected from Argentina who, in the real morning, joined us in Rome, in our discernment process.
Sisters of Timor Leste