Isaiah 2:1-5; Matthew 8:5-11
It did my heart good to read the words of Isaiah for today. The world often does not seem like a peaceful place. I have seen places where the lives of children break your heart. I have met young people whose lives are scarred by war and violence. My spirit is sometimes devastated at the cruelty of people toward other human beings. But the world does not have to be that way.
Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Waiting, Watching, Waiting, & more Waiting
“Nine months of waiting.” “When will Christmas be here? I’m tired of waiting.”
“I can’t wait forever”. “When will help get here”.
“…couldn’t you watch (wait) with me even one hour?” (Matthew 26:40).
If one of us were to calculate a life’s time of waiting– I can’t imagine what that would be. Just the thought of it is overwhelming, tiring. Time - waiting ‘for’ something, someone. Time that could be better spent. Waiting, the time in between what is now and what is to come.
After the XX General Chapter in 2016, the European Major Superiors of our Congregation gathered in Rome for their first Continental meeting. It was held in the Generalate from 15-20, November 2017, with the theme: Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God (Luke 1:30). Materials for our discussions were based on the new document from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, New Wine in new Wineskins, 2017.
The participants were Sr. Helga Weidemann (Germany) Sr. Miroslawa Wlodarczyk (Poland) Sr. Ludwika Jastrzebska (Poland) Sr. Maria Dörig (Switzerland) Sr. Mary McNulty (England) Sr. Magdalena Pinto (Procura) and members of the General Council.