The first session for the Juniors of Bahia took place at Mombitaba House, provided by the La Salette Missionaries and the Taizé Community of Alagoinhas in Bahia, Brazil. The meeting included seventy-two juniors and eight trainers.
The theme of the meeting was Consecrated Religious Life: Space for Dialogue and Discernment. Sr. Annette Havenne, SM, from the Conference of Religious of Brazil, gave a brief reflection on what identifies us as Consecrated Religious: that is, Community, Mysticism and Mission. She then asked: Where is dialogue and discernment in our life?
As people connected in some way to the event of La Salette and our Weeping Mother, we know well from her example at La Salette that we are called as reconcilers to respond compassionately to the needy as she did with the two children, Maximin and Melanie. The following are prayerful reflections titled, La Salette 2015 – Justice, Peace, Reconciliation: Let Us Respond to the Cry of the Poor.
They are offered in seven languages so that all La Salette Missionaries, and those laity connected with us, can celebrate the wisdom and challenge of our Catholic Social Teaching during this year. These materials can be used – as a whole or in part – for personal prayer or in our ministries or communities to begin meetings, prayer groups, or in gatherings for religious education.
2) Faith Sharing:
Scripture: Matthew 18:12-14 (The Parable of the Lost Sheep)
Our Community: The Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette are deeply rooted in the Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette which occurred near the hamlet of La Salette in southeastern France on Sept. 19, 1846. The Missionaries were founded in 1852 by Bp. Philbert de Bruillard, Bishop of Grenoble, France, and presently serve in some 25 countries.
Our Province: The Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas, was founded in 2000AD and is one of several provinces in the congregation. The members of this Province serve mainly in the countries of Canada, the United States and the Region of Argentina/Bolivia.
Our Mission: Our La Salette ministry of reconciliation responds to the broad vision given by Mary at La Salette as well as in response to the needs of the Church. As reconcilers, we together with the laity take seriously Mary’s mandate: “You will make (Mary’s) message known to all (her) people.”