We started the day with Lauds and Holy Mass; celebrant was Fr. Jarosław Merecki, SDS, professor of philosophy at the Lateran University. In his homily, referring to the end of the liturgical year, he pointed out that every end is also a beginning. The end of a certain stage in history, the end of the world, the end of the life of each of us leads to the final end, which is the coming of Christ - the Judge full of mercy.
Fr. Martin in his homily today pointed out three key words which are important for Christian life: trust, fidelity, and perseverance, and which take on particular significance in the hour of persecution. In the morning session we first listened to the presentation of Fr. Denilson Geraldo, SAC, General Councillor and Director of the Pallotti Institute in Rome, on the Statutes of the UAC.
Today was the feast of St. Cecilia, martyr. Fr. Martin inspired us with his homily on the poor widow and her gift, and we prayed for Sr. Cécilie Bimenyimana, who is supporting Sr. Alda Isa Paes in the secretariat of this Chapter, as well as for all others who are celebrating their feast day today.
After a restful Sunday, we all came back to the aula in the morning with renewed strength. Sr. Pat (Patricia) Murray, IBVM, Executive Secretary of the UISG, presented a conference on “The Challenges of Consecrated Life Today”.
Saturday's work of the Chapter was dedicated to the Union of the Catholic Apostolate. Holy Mass was celebrated by Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, SAC, Superior General. In his homily he emphasised that God is the God of life. Following the inspiration of Pope Francis, he said that the truth of God, who is the Lord of history, reveals our task, which is to look to the past with gratitude, to live the present with passion and to look to the future with hope. Our hope is rooted in and made possible by the Resurrection of Christ. “Choose, then, in your Chapter,” said Fr. Jacob, “life and blessing, for the God to whom you have entrusted your lives is the Lord of life!”
The biblical event at Cana presented by the Novice Sisters of the International Novitiate in Tanzania.
We began the day in church with a solemn Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Romuald Uzabumwan, SAC, General Councillor and Secretary for the Missions. The Eucharist was animated by the Missionary Commission, because today's work of the Chapter was dedicated to our missions. There was a beautiful procession with gifts as well as songs and a dance of praise. In his homily Fr. Romualdo pointed out today's Gospel as an impulse to try and seek ways of peace and to recognise the time of God's visitation. He reminded us that a characteristic feature of the Pallottine charism is to read the signs of the times. We are called to bring peace in our missionary vocation and to respond concretely to the will of God and the needs of contemporary man.
This morning Fr. Martin Manus SAC gave us in his homily during Holy Mass the impulse that we are called to co-responsability. He reminded us of a passage of the testament of St. Vincent Pallotti: "Act, as if you were the founder of the Union - the congregation." Let us use our talentsand work with them - as the servants in todays gospel were told to work with the gold coins they were entrusted.