Life is a Mission!
Every man and woman is a mission; that is the reason for our life on this earth.
To be attracted and to be sent are two movements that our hearts, especially when we are young, feel as interior forces of love; they hold out promise for our future and they give direction to our lives.
More than anyone else, young people feel the power of life breaking in upon us and attracting us. To live out joyfully our responsibility for the world is a great challenge. I am well aware of lights and shadows of youth; when I think back to my youth and my family, I remember the strength of my hope for a better future.
The fact that we are not in this world by our own choice makes us sense that there is an initiative that precedes us and makes us exist. Each one of us is called to reflect on this fact: “I am a mission on this Earth; that is the reason why I am here in this world” (Evangelii Gaudium, 273).
Message for the 92nd World Mission Day 2018
A Meeting in Solidarity, Humility, and Penitence
“If one member suffers, all the members suffer together” (1 Cor 12:26)
Let this be my greeting at the beginning of the New Year: “Peace be to this house!” (Pope Francis' Message on 1 January 2019, the World Day of Peace)
On 1 January 2019, Pope Francis welcomed all the participants of the march for Peace in Every Land organized by the Sant'Egidio Community. "My warmest greetings go especially to all of you, dear Romans and pilgrims here today in Piazza San Pietro, so many! It looks like a canonization! And here I wish to express both my appreciation and closeness to the countless initiatives of prayer and commitment for peace held today in every part of the world, promoted by the ecclesial communities.”
We give thanks to God for the countless blessings we have received this year, especially for our 18 Sisters around the world who made their Final Profession on 8 December 2018!! The celebrations took place in Zimbabwe, Moçambique, South Africa, South Korea, Kenya and DR Congo. Congratulations, Sisters! May the Precious Blood of Jesus bless and protect you always.
Sr. Bernadette Mtimkulu, CPS is currently the oldest Missionary Sister of the Precious Blood around the world. She celebrated her 100th Birthday on 26 November 2018 at Glen Avent Convent, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Sister will reach another milestone soon when, God-willing, she celebrates her Platinum Jubilee - 70 Years of Religious Profession - on 6 January 2019.
We thank God for a century of blessings and life in abundance for our dear Sr. Bernadette!