General Theme of the Meditations for the Jubilee Year
“Alive to the Spirit of Father Claret: Remember, Rejoice, and Rejuvenate”
General Objective for the Monthly Recollections
“Remembering the blessings of the Lord for the fifty Years, being grateful for the growth achieved through pioneers and contribution of all the members, we rejoice in the Claretian vocation and move forward with strength and renewed vigour to face the emerging frontiers after the example of Claret.”
Particular Theme for the month of May 2020
Consecrated through Blessed Virgin Mary
As sons of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we Claretians have a special filial bond with our Mother. We attribute the founding of our Congregation to the intervention of the Blessed Virgin Mary and we commit ourselves to her that we may be conformed to the mystery of Christ and may cooperate with her in her maternal role in our apostolic mission (CC 8). In our formula of profession we say, “I offer myself in special service to the ImmaculateHeart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in order to fulfil the aim for which this Congregation has been established in the Church”.
For our jubilee meditation, this month we especially focus on the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary – one who inspired our founding and guides our proceeding.
? John 19:26-27: “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, 'Woman, here is your son.' Then he said to the disciple, 'Here is your mother.' And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.”
? MS 73: In the forge of her Heart, Mary as the collaborator of the Spirit teaches us to proclaim the “greatness of God” and to “rejoice in God our savior” (cf. Lk 1:46). As first
disciple, she teaches us how to listen to the Word (cf. Lk 1:38), to keep it in our heart (cf. Lk 2: 19) and to take care of the needs of others (cf. Jn 2:3). As mother at the foot of the Cross, she conforms us with Jesus (cf. Jn 19:26), prays with us for the coming of the Spirit (cf. Acts 1:14) and the arrival of the final victory against Evil who wants to destroy the creation of God (cf. Rev 12). Therefore, a son of the Heart of Mary ?s “only concern is how he may follow Christ and imitate him in praying, working, enduring and striving constantly and solely for the greater glory of God and the salvation of humankind” (CC 9).
? GPF 13: “...Our mission and hence the whole formative itinerary that prepares us for it must always spring from real conformity with Christ the Evangelizer...In this process, Mary, the Mother of Jesus and of the Church, the Formatrix of Apostles, plays an essential role. Hence we commit ourselves to her that we may be conformed to the mystery of Christ and may cooperate with her in her maternal role in our apostolic mission. Only thus will we be able to become truly missionary men who are on fire with charity and spread its flames wherever we go.”
3. Points for Reflection
? Mary’s simple “Yes”/ “Fiat” made her what she is in the history of salvation. It is her willingness to fully submit to the will of God so that He could restore the humanity into communion with Himself. This made her the perfect disciple and model of discipleship.
? As Mary became “Theotokos” / “God-bearer”, bringing Christ to the humanity, we are called to cooperate with her in her maternal role in our apostolic mission (CC8) – becoming God-bearers ourselves.
? St. Anthony Mary Claret, our Founder, at very early age was attracted by this maternal role of our Mother and allowed her to be his all after Jesus (Aut 5). The joy of being in Mother’s presence was so fulfilling and rewarding that he was never tired of it (Aut 48-50) – a true sign of disciple who learns. He experiences her maternal protection in times of dangers (Aut 71-72). Through the formative years, Claret goes through the experience of Forge, allowing himself to be formed in the forge of her mercy and love as an apostolic missionary (Aut 270), desiring nothing but love of God and neighbour (Aut 447).
?Being convinced of his personal experience, Father Claret wanted to found Congregation of Missionaries who would be and would be called Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Aut 488). Our missionaries were convinced of this filial bond – she continues to be our Patroness. In India definitely we have grown as Claretians. We still need to bear more witness to the personal and collective experience of being Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
? We are in the month of May, dedicated to Mother Mary. The effect of COVID-19 is widespread and the whole world is looking for a solution. In the history of the Church there are numerous occasions when people, countries and towns have been specially consecrated to Blessed Virgin Mary to seek her protection. Let’s revive our filial
devotion and charismatic traits that our Mother intercede for the whole world to be
saved from this pandemic.
? Pope Francis reminds us, “St. Anthony Mary Claret, as a founder, gave you a beautiful
name: “Sons of the Heart of Mary.” Allow all of the dimensions of your lives to be profoundly marked by this “cordiality” which inspired Mary’s beautiful hymn of the Magnificat; and express the motherliness of the Church, Merciful Mother, who never tires of waiting, accompanying and forgiving.”
4. For Personal Meditation:
? What are my personal experiences of Marian devotion?
? As a Claretian have I understood my Cordimarian identity?
? How does my daily living bear witness to being Son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
in personal and community life?
Fr. Xavier Pereira CMF
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