30 Jan GC XXI. TRIDUUM I: CONVOKED BY HIM AS A UNIVERSAL BODY
We have landed in Madrid! We are 48 women, coming together from all the places where the Institute is present for General Congregation XXI. Meeting each other is a gift! In the uncertainty that the pandemic gives to our proceedings, we have arrived and we have barely been able to repress our hugs and, much less, the joy of seeing each other, as we are all dispersed in the mission.
Today, January 30, we have begun the triduum of prayer in preparation for the Congregation. Fr. Cipriano Díaz, a Jesuit from Salamanca, is accompanying us. He is currently part of the General Government of the Society of Jesus, as Assistant for Southern Europe. His suggestions for prayer are very inspiring and are helping us prepare for this General Congregation as a meeting of faith and love.
On this first day, we have remembered the essence of our vocation: called to Him, to be and to be with Him. This is the absolute, as it was for Jesus to “be with the Father”. Like him, we need to separate ourselves to contemplate everything from God so that he puts his Word in us and allows us to see reality with a long gaze, which frees us from all superficiality. We pray so as to enter the Heart of God. This is the source. All the mysterious efficacy of our apostolic being will flow from this communion.
In the morning we contemplated the beginnings: the historical Jesus calling his first companions. In the afternoon, the Risen Christ summoning his disciples again and putting the mission in their hands. They are afraid because they know their fragility. Christ knows it too and promises them “I will be with you until the end”. We are also aware of our clay, but we trust the promise.
We are convoked as a universal apostolic Body to be the channel of the Good News for the Institute. For this we are invited to make this General Congregation a place of intimacy and community celebration, of listening to the Spirit, an apostolic and missionary space. May our Congregation be a place in the Sacred Heart of the Lord.
Inés Ruiz, aci
WE SHARE THE TWO “PLATICAS”: