Closing of FMA GC 24, the Rector Major: “You are called to be life for many”

25 October 2021 (ANS – Rome) – Yesterday, Sunday 24 October 2021, the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) concluded its 24th General Chapter at its Generalate, which began on 11 September 2021. In the 44 days of listening, prayer, dialogue and discernment, the 172 FMA Chapter members elected the new Mother General, Mother Chiara Cazzuola. They also elected the other members of the General Council, and they reflected together on how to be “Communities that generate life in the heart of contemporary life.” The General Chapter was lived an attitude of listening to the call of God who prepares them to live the future with young people of today’s history. All of the work of GC 24 now finds its synthesis in the Chapter Document “With Mary, being a ‘presence’ that generates life”. In the morning, Mother General gave her concluding speech, in which she said among other things: “I feel the need to express my gratitude to the Lord for the abundance of grace to which we have been the recipients in this Chapter time. (…) As a fruitful community enlightened by the presence of Mary, we have focused on three significant choices: to be...

LORD, HELP ME NEVER STOP BEING AMAZED OR BECOME INURED TO REALITY

Foto: Kenya 2017 «This is my prayer after having visited over 100 nations around the world where there are Salesian presences… and where I came to know realities that are so incredible, fascinating, precious, and often times so painful». Cordial greetings, my friends and readers. Surely, we have begun 2021 with a strong desire that it be a better year than the previous one. Perhaps there is still much fear, but perhaps we also feel deep down that we have to cultivate Hope because it does us good and helps us to live better and more meaningful lives. On the last Sunday of January we celebrated the Feast of Don Bosco. This also took place in a different way from previous years because the pandemic has not yet disappeared and continues to condition our life. Still, even in this situation we have to know how to see the light and the buds of Hope that are present. It is in this context that I chose these reflections to share with you this month. The title expresses the way in which I have prayed many times throughout these last seven years – and continue to do so. Very often, almost...