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Advent 2018 - Letter from the Superior General

That our joy be full ...
   1 John 1:4

Dear Sisters,

The time has come when God once again wants to immerse us in the grace of Advent. Our first call is to ask for the grace of experiencing this time according to His will. Let this year's Advent allow us to look with joy into our hearts and enlighten them with longing for an encounter with Christ.

Dear Sisters, the Liturgy of Advent guides us through the mysteries, the paths of meeting the people who were obedient to God's Word. The story of Mary and Joseph, Elisabeth and Zacharias and John the Baptist, is centered on Jesus, the expected Messiah. The mystery of their lives becomes understandable because of Christ. We are invited not only to reflection and meditation of these events, but above all to personal participation in these meetings. To enter the Advent way of prayer, vigilance and greater sensitivity to the needs of others, let us be witnesses to this: what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life, for the life was made visible; we have seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was made visible to us, what we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.  (1 John 1: 1-3).

Advent is a courageous approach to the meeting of the coming God in His manifold forms: in prayer, in another person,  in conversion ... It is a time of special sensitivity, attention, concentration and hope.  I would like  to wish you the grace of recognizing God's presence in the daily life of this Advent struggle. I wish you deep and mutual encounters in your sisterly community and with other people you encounter. Let's be ready to meet the Lord!


With the gift of God's blessing,

                                                                                                                            

Sr. Izabela Świerad, SAC                                                                                

Superior General

Advent 2018   

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"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)

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