Aahh! In the part of my heart that loves to envision new realities, I see a group of women on a journey searching for where their presence and ministry can make a significant difference in the lives of the poor and disadvantaged, where people are without assistance. The SNJMs who’ve taken this journey will listen, support and encourage the builders of this new religious congregation. Having helped to liberate the lives and gifts of the disadvantaged, trapped in the struggle merely to survive, these Sisters will support and share stories of obstacles jumped or crawled through. Will they be educators? Of course! This challenging journey can bring them to a greater awareness of the roots of debilitating poverty and injustices and lead to advocating for change in concrete ways. The internet, social media, education in public places are a few of the tools ready to spread truths/ spark awareness and dialogue/ listen to the disadvantaged and those living in dire poverty and speak of courageous solutions. What strengths are needed to launch and stay the course? Read Jesus’ promise of blessings and joy in Matthew 5: 3-11: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice for they will be filled.” Blessed are those who mourn…. who cry for a fuller life, by helping those most in need, those who have lost homelands and family. Blessed… Let’s start a Congregation with those who want to be happy in ministry. Jesus’ invitation to the rich young man’s questions (Mark 10:17-31) is a radical call for a more focused response, “Go, sell all that you have and give to the poor …and come, follow me.” Some, like this rich young man, will go away sad, because they have great possessions. But some will say yes to this radical call.
So… please help us with this quest by commenting: What are your ideas for “Refounding Religious Congregations” that would attract the people of today who are searching to respond to this radical call from Jesus?