"It is the Good God that directs my path."--Mother Claudine Echernier
On the occasion of the Quartoseptcentennial anniversary of our foundation it is but fitting to recall how the Lord has directed our Congregation over the past years. The vision of our founders has been strengthened and expanded "to make the good God known and loved" .
As religious, we the Sisters of the Cross are called not to do what Jesus, the early Christians, our Founders, early sisters did then and there, but to do what they would do today in our situation and to be signs of prophetic and credible witnesses. Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela are some of those great and inspiring, exemplary personalities and also contemporaries known to the world over who have worked or are working for the cause of the poor and the society.
Challenged by the world, we are open to new ways to serve God's people. In today's world, we the Sisters of the Cross are summoned to be mystics and prophets like Our Mother Claudine who sought God in everything, in every person and in every situation. These mystical experiences led our Foundress Mother Claudine to make a prophetic response. Her deep love for God and neighbours, identification with Christ in His poverty and humility, desire to do the will of God and her total trust in the Divine Providence adorned her personality. In short, she was a mystic and a prophet. We allow her life to inspire us so that we may teach others by our very lives to be "God seekers" and God givers" participating in the kenotic love of Christ in His Paschal Mystery, joyfully bringing forth abundant fruit in our mission. This mission of building God's kingdom on earth is neither the mission of the Province nor the mission of the Congregation. It is the mission of God in Jesus Christ with whom we collaborate at this moment of history.
The roads and ministries are as varied and unique as each of us is in our community and the society. In our globalised world with its complex and conflicting situations, consumerism, various movements like Environmental movements, subaltern movements, women's movement etc are significant and relevant to any serious intervention we may attempt to transform the society. Each of these movements pose a challenge and calls for a response to the adventure ahead.
We have the role model and best example in His Holiness our Pope Francis who has shunned all comforts of life and chose to be the servant of the suffering and the poor, following in the footsteps of Jesus. He writes," Faith does not merely gaze at Jesus, but sees things as Jesus himself sees them, with His own eyes. It is a participation in His way of seeing" (july 13-19)
May God bless each one with the wisdom of the wise, courage of the strong and commitment of the selfless, to lead the society and the nation to new avenues of goodness, freedom, equality and godliness.
"Your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and give praise to your Father in Heaven." (Matthew 5:16)--Sr. Caroline Fernandes
Sr. Caroline Fernandes