Today, in the Chapter members had a free morning to give way to the Commission on Communication to elaborate the Actual Situation (diagnostic) on MISSION in the dimension of Missionary Creativity. In this way, we had a revision done in the afternoon for the draft presented on MISSION with given time for dialogue and few corrections. We ended the day with a prayer of gratitude to God for the worksRead More...Read more
Through the Eucharist, we initiated the new day with thanksgiving to God and, in journeying with Sister Imaculada from Angola who lost a dear aunt, Maria Victoria.On this day, we continued with the works on Missionary Creativity. We are invited to share with spontaneity and in a free manner, our current feelings or sentiments which lies within us. Also, a reminder of the morning reflection, the words of Pope FrancisRead More...Read more
We started the day with prayers accompanied by the Mayan Cross, peculiar of the Mayan spirituality (from Guatemala) where we were all invited to a holistic dynamic from the four cardinal points. Having oriented us to the East, where the sun rises, we welcome all the energy we receive for the day; to the West, where the sun sets, we make a balance/evaluation of all that was realized in ourRead More...Read more
The first Christian communities went to Jerusalem to share, in synodality with all the apostles, their missionary life, triumphs, difficulties and new challenges. In this Chapter, we likewise have undertaken this journey to share experiences, preoccupations, and together allow ourselves to be illumined by the Holy Spirit through the words of each of our sisters.Sister Geraldina told us that, resuming the theme of the Synod of Women, that “All voicesRead More...Read more
Yesterday, our dear Sister Geraldina accompanied us with THEOLOGICAL ILLUMINATION for the dimensions of MISSION AND FORMATION. In this journey of Chapter works, we follow the same methodology as what was then utilized for SPIRITUALITY and COMMUNITY, highlighted principal elements that appeared as responses for the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT Analysis), so also with respect to this case, when the group work was done, then, plenary.For us, itRead More...Read more
We began the day with the Eucharist, having in mind the life of Madrid´s patron saint, “San Isidro”, we are grateful for his testimony of life as a farmer and as a lay person.Sister Geraldina Cespedes, has guided us throughout the day with the theme “Mission and Formation, for what do we form ourselves? We´d like to share some ideas of her reflections:We are urged to a Papal invitation, heRead More...Read more
It´s a Sunday, most of us went to Toledo. Indeed, it has been a day full of gratitude and sharing. The trip was entertained by lively songs of the sisters from different countries.Toledo is a beautiful and historic city with an incredibly rich cultural patrimony.By the work of art, we were given the chance to appreciate the existence of three cultures: Jewish, Islamic and Christian traditions.We visited the “Sinagoga deRead More...Read more
“A kind deed is only done by the measure of how one loves.” In our Morning Praise, we reminisce with gratitude the beatification of our Mother Foundress Ascension Nicol Goñi.Blessed are the merciful, for shall obtain mercy. You have a merciful heart, Mother,This is how we are told by those who knew you, you did not want to see anyone suffer,You suffer with other in every way, you were so human,Read More...Read more
Today, 13th of May, with Portugal and the world over, we express our affection and devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. The Eucharist celebrated this morning invited us to stay open so we could be receptive to novelty, just as the three young shepherds who received the light and the message within the context of war. May Mary, our mother strengthens our humanity in its yearning for peace.On this day´sRead More...Read more
We continue with the second dimension of Revitalization of the Charism: Community. The psalm that was meditated on during the Morning Prayers has disposed us to look into our lives with openness and trust in God. Trinitarian CommunityA life-giving springA love that wraps usA dance which animates usA home that shelters usA womb that gives birth.We belong to You. We are your familyThat the love you gift us withWill turn usRead More...Read more
The Eucharist has afforded us an illumination through the Word and a reflection in coming together in this Chapter. In the light of the Gospel, we contemplated on Jesus, His affiliation with the Father “Whoever sees me, sees the Father…” It is in this belongingness that Jesus assumes the reality of His being sent by the Father: to do His will. The Dominican priest this morning told us that itRead More...Read more
We have started the journey together recalling with gratitude the greetings sent to us and the interest that has been manifested through the greetings and wishes from the sisters, communities, friends for the activity we are realizing in this XXI General Chapter. Thanks to everyone.We have come to the stage of PLANNING. A diagnostic approach through STERNGTHS, WEAKNESSES, OPPORTUNITIES and THREATS (SWOT Analysis) which was undertaken a few days back,Read More...Read more
MOTHER ASCENCION NICOL GOÑI
A woman who left behind her land and securities
“I felt no great enthusiasm…but an irresistible strength that led me to offer myself…”
Ascencion Nicol was forty-five years old when she embraced the missionary challenge proposed by Monsignor Zubieta of going to the Peruvian jungle and being able to contribute her gifts and extensive experience in favor of the education and formation of girls and women from the jungle. The context she will face would be totally different to the school of Huesca. However, her deep fidelity, her restless and attentive spirit to what god wanted for her pushed her to offer her life to the cause of the kingdom.
MONSIGNOR RAMON ZUBIETA
Missionary in the Philippines
“Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”
Ramon Zubieta, who was eager to preach, lived his first missionary experience in the Philippines. He is an open missionary, who combines faith and human promotion, wishes to embody himself and to know the culture of the communities which he must confront. He learns their languages and customs and spends a lot of time speaking to them. He promotes health, education and improvement in farming.
Due to the independency movements within the region, he was taking as prisoner along with other companions suffering from starvation and torture, but finally he is released.
“The soul that it offers itself as a victim is as if it was telling god: Here I am to comply your will; here I am to suffer, to love, to immolate myself, to keep quiet, to not wish anything that is out of you”
Mother Ascencion Nicol Goñi