GREETING OF POPE FRANCIS

 

GREETING OF POPE FRANCIS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE JUBILEE YEAR OF THE 150 YEARS OF OUR CONGREGATION

 

I am happy that M. Graciela, superior general of the Hijas de Jesús, has established this jubilee year as a year of preparation for the 150 years of the foundation of the religious Institute of the Hijas de Jesús. I believe that M. Cándida, from heaven, will be very contented.

 

A jubilee year, a year of preparation, a year to see everything, examine, review, read the Constitutions, reflect on the foundational charism, look at how the Institute has been living all this -- this is very healthy and will do good.

 

It is like reviewing a page of the journey, and so, to you dear sisters, I thank you for this gesture and I tell you, have no fear to review the page of the route [taken] and see what new decisions must be taken, what things have to be left aside, but always looking at the foundational charism, because it is the compass that will guide you, without which you could make mistakes.

 

Do not be afraid to get involved; get involved in all the areas and orbits that cry out for the need of announcing the gospel; do not fear, you do not go alone, you go with the Lord. That is why the life of prayer in you, women of the frontiers, must be bound to pastoral options, from contemplation and reading of Scripture to action; from there, to contemplation. Regarding adoration, spend time adoring, that the prayer of adoration may be the homage by each of you, by the whole Institute during this year to the Lord who has blessed you with this grace, with this charism.

 

I accompany you with my prayer and also, I ask you to pray for me because I also need it. May God bless you.