We began the day with Holy Mass, during which Fr. Martin spoke about the need to constantly return to the Gospel - the source of our faith and piety. At the beginning of the morning session, we thanked the Fathers who own the Consolata Hall where we met for our Chapter sessions, and we welcomed Sr. Małgorzata Wyrodek, who has now joined the Chapter after having been elected General Councillor.
The XXI General Chapter elected the new members of the General Government:
The XXI General Chapter has elected the new Superior General Sr. Josephina D'Souza SAC (India)
We started the day with Lauds in the chapel of the Procura. After breakfast, we listened to a two-part conference by Fr. Timothy K. Healy, SJ, who introduced us to the theme of spiritual discernment. He pointed out that discernment is always set in a specific context. When we proceed to elect the Superior General and the General Councillors, we should pay attention to three contexts: the Congregation, the Church and the world. Discernment as a spiritual process must be rooted in prayer and a good knowledge of my own heart, which is a result of confronting myself with the Word of God. Our decisions which we find by means of this process, are a gift of the Holy Spirit: He leads to inner freedom, and thus we will take the right choice.
We started the day, as we do every day, with Holy Mass. In his introductory word to the morning session, Fr. Martin referred to the main theme of the Chapter: “Do whatever he tells you.” (Jn 2: 5) He encouraged the Sisters to listen and to follow the voice of the Holy Spirit. The morning session was devoted to the recommendations of the XXI General Chapter. We had already well prepared our task on voting on the motions for recommendations which had been handed in, by discussing them in detail in previous sessions. Today, Sr. Adelheid Scheloske introduced us to the method of voting, and she guided us through the procedure of doing so.
During Holy Mass Fr. Martin drew our attention to the patron of the day, St. Francis Xavier. He said that today's commemoration is an invitation for us to live in accordance with the Pallottine charism and revive our missionary enthusiasm in order to bring the Gospel to the ends of the world.
We began our day with Mass. Most of the capitulars celebrated Mass with Fr. Martin in the Procura chapel; a group of mostly Polish Sisters celebrated Mass at the tomb of St. John Paul II in St. Peter's Basilica. Sr. Izabela had allowed this as this morning was the only time when attending this Mass fitted into the Chapter's programme. At both Masses, the Sisters heard as an interpretation of the Gospel how important it is to take the Word of God as the basis on which each one builds her life; in doing so, we must be careful not only to listen attentively to the Word of God, but to actually put it into practice.