We stand on the edge of our hopes and dreams and ask in trust to be led and supported
by a Love and Energy
much larger than we can imagine.
For the Society of African Missions, 2019 is the Year of our Assemblies.
Our General Assembly for the entire Society will take place in Rome from 30 April to 24 May and our Irish Provincial Assembly will be held in Dromantine from 1-20 July.
At these Assemblies we will evaluate ourselves and our commitments and strive to discern the direction in which God is leading us as we respond to the challenges of mission today, in fidelity to the vision and charism of our Founder, Melchior de Marion Brésillac.
I thank you for your continuing support of our mission and ask you to pray for us and for the success of our Assemblies. And I ask you to continue your prayers for the safe return of our confrere, Fr. Luigi Maccarri SMA, who was abducted last September from his mission in Niger and who has not been seen or heard of since. May God’s Grace keep him safe and safely return him soon to his family and friends.
I wish each and every one of you a Peaceful, Happy and Healthy 2019, and assure you of a constant remembrance in our payers and Masses.
At the dawn of a New Year, I would like to share with you the following reflection as a source of encouragement for our individual and collective journeys throughout the next 12 months. May we all, indeed, be led and supported by a Love and Energy much larger than we can imagine:
Risk the Sacred Journey
(A Reflection by Doris Klein)
Each of us stands at the gate of tomorrow, facing the future.
At times, we have walked in wonder and awe;
At other times, we have moved along in the flood of fear.
Looking back, we may recognize that amid the joys and struggles of this journey, we have been accompanied by a graceful presence that has held us together and led us on.
This is not simply a journey through a string of days and years. Rather, this is a Sacred Journey, one that is held in
and surrounded by Mystery.
Although we long for someone to translate the risks of this journey into logical explanations, we often find ourselves in the foreign land of faith.
We stand on the edge of our hopes and dreams and ask in trust to be led and supported by a Love and Energy much larger than we can imagine.