I believe that each one of us, without exception, has been able to experience Divine Providence – paternal, tender, and delicate – in our daily lives. And this is because, as we have solemnly proclaimed in a formal way, we have committed ourselves to not be reluctant to follow that path that God desires to take us. And it is God Himself who has the power to make the yoke easy and light for us (although sometimes it may not seem this way to us).
Many, many times when we consider our reality as contemplative Servidoras, we cannot help but rejoice greatly, be thankful, enthusiastic, and offer ourselves. It is not a small grace to be “contemplative missionaries” and to have brothers and sisters on so many front lines of the battle, who are risking their lives, their health, their strength, their creativity, their dedication, their… all for the sake of the Gospel.
This commits us and obliges us: we cannot “be evasive to the missionary adventure”! Even if this means embracing trifles of “nothingness”. Our little adventures which due to the vocation that has been given to us – although we do not deserve it; due to the fact that we belong to Our Lady; can through the work of Our Heavenly Mother and Queen be transformed and embellished, increasing their value for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.
It is worthwhile to dedicate oneself to these small, daily battles. It is sufficient to see the battle fronts that our missionaries occupy, to recognize the magnitude of the intentions entrusted to our contemplative communities, to learn about the needs and battles of the Church in the world… It is worth it. But such an undertaking far exceeds all our human capacities. That is why we need the support of the prayers of the other members of our Religious Family. We need you all to ask also for us contemplatives the grace that we may “never be evasive to the missionary adventure” that usually does not present itself to us in an extraordinary, brilliant and splendorous way, but rather, hidden behind the simplicity of the little things of everyday life.
May Our Lady, Mother and Queen of our Religious Family and of each of our consecrated souls, accompany us, sustain us and grant us the grace to never reject any difficulty or challenge that God in his Providence has prepared for us. May she help us and teach us “not to be evasive to the missionary adventure”!
¡Viva y reine la Virgen! ¡Viva la misión!
Hna. María de la Unidad,
contemplative in France.