- We become aware of and honestly own the lights and shadows of our intercultural and intergenerational living. We open ourselves to continuous transformation as we befriend diversity and the unknown.
Our interculturality as SSpS is an expression of the Spirit's many faces.
Humankind is expanding its consciousness to global horizons. At the same time, peoples struggle to maintain their cultural identity and national sovereignty. We experience both the richness and the struggles of intercultural and intergenerational community living.
Our formation today, both initial and ongoing, asks us to be open to paradigm shifts in the expression of our consecrated life, community life, and leadership styles. Congregational structures and leadership styles have to facilitate participation and communion. We experience the value of communal discernment and participative leadership. Moreover, the way we use our resources, both human and financial, and the way we make decisions and carry out our ministries have the concerns of the poor at heart.
Immersed in the life of the Trinity,
transforming the world with compassion
As we prepare for our 15th General Chapter, send us your Holy Spirit to guide us in this discernment process, grant that we may be united as we listen with compassion to the longings of our Congregation and the cry of our broken world.
Help us to be attentive to your promptings and inspirations; empower us to joyfully renew our commitment.
Triune God, we long to be immersed in your life of love and to share in your work of transforming the world with compassion.
In union with our Founding Generation and the thousands of SSpS who have gone before us, we entrust our whole Congregation into your providential care.
May the Holy Triune God live in our hearts and in the hearts of all!
A reflection by Sr. Krystyna Szweda SSpS
Spirituality is essentially about how we see, experience, and respond to the world in which we live, and to God’s presence in it. Historically, it was often associated with the so-called religious aspects of Christian life such as prayer, penance and fasting. More recently, it has been defined in wider terms and we can say that “spirituality” is our daily life lived in response to the Holy Spirit. I would like to offer some points which can help us to reflect on how we value and live the heritage of our Founding Generation, and the thousands of SSpS who came before us, in our missionary call “here and now”.
“let your light shine” – encaustic painting – Roland J. Scheid SVD, Steyl
We celebrate the Risen Christ
in every ray of sparkling sunlight
in every flower that opens
in every bird that sings
in every shade of green that surrounds us
in every drop of water that softens the earth
in every heart raised in prayer
in every cheerful face that gives hope.
Let us spread the Hope and Joy of Easter!
Creating a common public image