Rome (Italy). The health emergency caused by the Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic that bids us to “stay at home”, cannot break the chain of “THANKS” to testify to closeness and solidarity around the world.
The Roman Province of St. John Bosco (IRO), unable to carry out the planned events due to the anti-contagion restrictions and the serious situation that affects the whole world Letter of Mother’s Feast), continues to accompany the preparation for the World Feast of Gratitude 2020 of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians urging all to reflect on the meaning of Gratitude and pointing out small steps to be lived in everyday life.
From Circular 995: “Gratitude touches the identity of our Institute, is part of our DNA, and it is very wonderful to have the opportunity to rediscover it on the journey in preparation for the 150th anniversary of the foundation of our religious Family which, in the first stage, has the theme: Give thanks : ‘We really thank the Lord who gives us many graces’ (L 37.10) (cf. Circular 989).
Cultivating and expressing gratitude is the secret of our happiness, the light that illumines our communities with trust, sometimes weighed down by personal and pastoral efforts, by doubts and difficulties of various kinds, but certain of always being enveloped in the love of God. Knowing how to say a sincere thank you manifests the relational quality of our being that recognizes how great the love is that makes us live every day. The grace of God penetrates and transforms our life and that of every creature, giving a new meaning to relationships, is also a wonderful gift from the Lord” (Mother Yvonne Reungoat).
To express Thanks for the vocation, for the life and mission of Mother Yvonne, for each Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, and for each member of the Educating Communities, the Our Father will be recited every day, the prayer of the Children of God, which unites all those who are in harmony with the Creator and with all Creation. It is the prayer that Jesus Himself taught us to turn to God by calling Him Father, asking Him for daily bread, and begging for mercy for humanity.
The video of the Logo
On the Website and Social Networks of the FMA Institute and of the Province of St. John Bosco (IRO), material will be offered for the preparation of the Celebration of World Gratitude Day 2020 and ‘posts’ on the Social Networks will be shared which express gestures of communion and unity .