Sisters Sally Hodgdon and Ieda Tomazini are visiting Brazil from July 1 to 27, and besides visiting some regions and communities, they are conducting meetings with groups and leaders of the Brazilian province. On July 6 and 7, in Curitiba, they met Sisters with 1 to 20 years of perpetual profession. The guiding theme was the document on Consecrated Religious Life, "New wine in new wineskins". The 31 Sisters present were invited to contemplate the responsibilities, challenges and calls that consecrated life requires. Sisters Sally and Ieda led the meeting and expressed the same goal, enhancing the growth of connections between the Sisters through listening to their dreams, expectations, actions, and questions, and giving each other time to hear one another through the sharing of the heart. These two days were lived deeply in the joy of encounter, sharing the everyday experiences of vocation in its various challenges.
If every age has its own paradoxes, seventeenth century France in which we had our beginnings was certainly no exception. On the one hand, it was an age of hierarchy and order, a period dominated by classical harmony and external propriety.
Our Vocation is a call from God, heard, discerned and responded to in faith and in love. The call to religious life is a call to be a prophet. Religious are meant to be the wake up call for the church.