Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Foundation Day for MC Sisters
Today I had the joy of celebrating the Foundation Day of the Missionaries of Charity. We are blessed in the Diocese of Mendi of having two communities of MC Sisters here. They have permission to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the 22 August each year as their Foundation Day.
The Gospel's mention Mary's heart in two profound ways: In Luke 2: 51b, after the finding of child Jesus in the Temple, Saint Luke mentions that Mary 'treasured all these things in her heart'. And also, earlier in the same Chapter (2: 35) the old man Simeon speaking to Mary prophesies that 'a sword will pierce your own heart too.'
The Missionaries of Charity follow the example of Mary. They are true contemplatives spending at least an hour in adoration every day.... treasuring the mysteries of the life of Jesus in their hearts. From the fruit of this deep prayer they share the joys and sorrows of the poorest of the poor - working as Mary does, bringing people to Jesus.
Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta, Foundress of the MC family... pray for us!