Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
A rooted and audacious Heart
We find ourselves on the threshold of the XXVI General Chapter with a longing in our hearts to know and do what the Lord asks of us as Claretians in our times. We want to dream the Lord’s dream as did our Father Founder, St. Anthony Mary Claret, which moved him to give up everything and set out on the challenging journey of an apostolic missionary in his time. For Father Claret, the Heart of Mary was a source of strength and inspiration for his life and mission. He saw the Heart of Mary as the “forge and instrument of love”, “the organ, sense, and instrument of love and will”, the center of her being. Let us contemplate how Mary’s heart was on fire with God’s love and braved what was unimaginable for a village girl of Nazareth. In this way we will be able to vibrate in ourselves what Claret dreamed of a Son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary: “a man on fire with love, who spreads its flames wherever he goes.”
We are living at a time of epochal changes. Much of what we held as secure and familiar are on a path of collapse and something new seems to be in gestation. Mary stands at the passage from old to the new, rooted in the Lord, her Saviour, and audacious to say fiat to God’s design for humanity. We yearn to be like Her, rooted in the Lord of life and audacious to walk forth to the unknown future, and collaborate with the Spirit of Christ to welcome the unfolding of God’ s will on earth. In these pandemic times, the world is slowly limping back to the 'new normal'. We shall welcome this phase with an updated consciousness and wisdom of the heart, the mature fruits of our collective suffering, to work for a just and fraternal human world and a healthy planet earth, our common home. Let us approach the General Chapter with hearts on fire with God’s love and open to say our fiat to the call of God today. I wish you all a very fruitful celebration of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Mother.