from our Patron Sr. Noel CMC, the Provincial Superior
promulgating "The Face of Mercy", the
Apostolic Bull of the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Holy Father Pope
Francis exhorted the faithful by stating that "mercy is the very foundation of
the Church's life... The time has come for the Church to take up the joyful
quality of mercy once more." We are invited to an intense living of this
fundamental dimension of our faith. Our focus in this jubilee is on
experiencing the life transforming mercy of God and on sharing that experience
with all people of good will. Though minimum in quantity, we can reach out to
the maximum by making God's mercy visible.
"Blessed are the merciful for they
shall obtain mercy" (Mt. 5/7). Mercy is
undeserving love and compassion received from others. As human we have tendencies to be inclined to
evil. Our merciful Father knows our weak human nature and is ready to help us
in our weakness. God's unconditional love and mercy is pouring over us all the
time even without our knowledge. The only power capable of conquering hearts of
men and women is the tenderness of God.
To be merciful like our Heavenly Father we have to be compassionate to
ourselves and thus share this compassion to others.
Our Founder Fathers shared the compassion
of Jesus and sought different ways to be at the service of the people of that
time. The same generosity and self
sacrifice which guided them must inspire us to keep alive the charism of our
congregation without losing its unique characters. Living
witnesses of God's love need to speak a new language, new to our modern world,
but as old as Bible itself. The Pope suggests that we
contemplate and adopt mercy as our life style, by not judging or condemning
others but forgiving and giving by avoiding selfishness, envy, jealousy, gossip
and self righteous attitude. This
Jubilee year may help each one of us to be transformed into a compassionate
mother and merciful sister having the mind and heart of Jesus Christ so that we
may become living witnesses of the mercy of God.
Pope Francis who spoke about
religious life said, "Radicalism is expected from all the Christians, but
religious are called to follow Jesus in a special manner by awakening the world
and lighting up the future. God asks us
to leave the comfort zone and go out to the frontiers and peripheries of the
world avoiding temptations of domesticating them. In the tenderness of our
hearts, in the gentleness of our touch, in the broadness of our smiles, in the
calm of our lives, in the courage of our witness, in the pains we suffer, in
the laughter we enjoy and in the difficulties we endure we continue to remind
the people that our true and lasting home lies nowhere other than the Kingdom
of God to which our lives point.
involves three things: understanding, compassion and upliftment. Only when we
have walked in the person's shoes through understanding, then we have
compassion and later we lead them up to upliftment. Mercy is a chief
characteristic of God, a key aspect in the ministry of Jesus, and a central
foundation in the mission of the church. "The Lord asks us above all not to
judge and not to condemn, and to be instruments of mercy" (The Face of Mercy 14). So let us become sisters who have
a pure vision, a transparent soul, and a joyful face.
in which the Lord calls to carry out our mission has become extremely
complicated. The irreversible hybridization of technology brings closer what is
distant sadly however it also distances what should be close. Be vigilant so
that your vision will not be darkened by the gloomy mist of worldliness, do not
allow yourselves to be corrupted by trivial materialism or by the seductive
illusion of underhanded agreements, do not place your faith in the "chariots
and horses" of today's Pharaohs, for our strength is in "the pillar of fire"
which divides the sea in two, without much fanfare (cf. Ex.14:24-25).
appreciate and thank Sr. Anupa, the Editorial Board members and everyone who generously
contributed their mite to bring out this new issue of Carmel Pratibha with
novelty and uniqueness.
sisters, as we enter into the Easter joy of God's mercy let us re-discover the
meaning of our great responsibility to become the sign and instrument of His
mercy. Let this holy season be a time to experience and share God's abiding
love and tender care and may you be abundantly blessed by the Risen Lord!! HAPPY EASTER