Tuesday, July 19, 2011
I belong to an International Society
What I want to share with you today is taken from the Presentation written by Helen McLaughlin, our Mother General at the time; it was printed at the beginning of our Constitutions after we received the Decree of Approbation on January 1, 1987, Solemnity of the Mother of God. Here is just a bit of what she wrote:
"The Approbation confirms our end: to glorify the Heart of Jesus by our whole life. I want each one in the Society to experience both confirmation and sending forth. Confirmation of our spirituality: union and conformity with the Heart of Jesus, in complete openness to the Spirit; confirmation of our mission: to discover and make known the love of the Heart of Christ; confirmation our our service in His Church: education.
It is also a sending forth which we shall live with renewed hope. As an international congregation we are becoming more and more aware of the call to be a sign of communion among peoples; and we commit ourselves to finding effective ways of responding to the challenges of the world and the needs of our times"...
Helen McLaughlin also says that St. Madeleine Sophie was a woman of her times, "captivated by the love of Christ and open to the calls of the world in which she lived; may she give to each one of us her spirit, her courage and her humility."
As 2012 will be the 25th year of the Approbation, our present Mother General has called us to pray over the Constitutions so I am going to be sharing some of my own favorite passages and insights with you.