Dear Priests – living images and
presence of the spousal love of Christ’s Heart, who surrenders
Himself for His Bride the Church, and who loves Her to the extreme
of allowing Himself to be pierced to give Her life. Thank you for
loving us with a Josephite, Priestly and Petrine heart. Priests,
be who you are!
Dear Deacons – visible image of the
Servant Heart of Christ who came to serve and not to be served, and
who loves His Church, serving Her generously and unconditionally.
Thank you for serving us with so much love and dedication.
Deacons, be who you are!
Dear Religious – Servants of the
Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary – dear daughters, called to be a
living image and presence of Mary’s Heart, making your feminine,
spousal and maternal hearts available to enflesh our Marian charism
in the Heart of the Church. Daughters, be who you are!
To all the Religious who are present,
representing so many charisms – like jewels that adorn both the
Blessed Mother’s and the Church’s crowns, living images of the
Marian Heart in the life of the Church: thank you for your fiat.
Religious, be who you are!
Dear Seminarians – who have heard the
beatings of Christ’s Heart calling you to follow him more closely
and so have confidently launched out to follow in His footsteps on
the road of formation in His Heart’s School of Love. Seminarians,
be who you are!
Dear Apostles of the Two Hearts, lay
branch of our Spiritual Family – to you, sons and daughters who have
embraced the Charism of being ardent witnesses of love in the heart
of the world, thank you for being a faithful and firm pillar over
which the monstrance of our Religious Congregation and the hearts of
the priests in this extensive family are sustained. Apostles, be
who you are!
To the entire Family of the Pierced
Hearts – in all its branches and spread out in so many places,
called to be a living icon of the Holy Family, be who you are:
path of love and sign of hope in the Heart of the Church!
To all our brothers, sisters and
friends who accompany us – thank you for loving this work born of
the Wound of the Pierced Heart of Christ and the Maternal Womb of
the Blessed Mother. Thank you for the many different ways in which
you manifested your confidence that this small seed would grow and
that it will continue to grow to become the tree that the Lord
desires it to be in the Heart of the Church. Thank you for your
prayers, offerings, sacrifices, gifts and services with which you
sustain us. Friends, be who you are!
Dear Sisters, today we have all been witnesses of
your “fiat”- of your personal response of love to God who is Love.
Love is always a concrete option, a fundamental option that, as His
Holiness Benedict XVI has told us, gives a new horizon and decisive
direction to the human heart.
Today, united fully to the Blessed
Mother’s Heart, you have given your fiat to love the Heart of Jesus
with total spousal dedication. You have given yourselves: to have
Him as your sole treasure, to detach yourselves from all that
opposes love and all that weakens poverty of heart, to fulfill His
will in everything and to totally dispose yourselves to be image and
presence of the Heart of Mary in the Heart of the Church – living
with humility and simplicity Her mysteries and Her spiritual
This “fiat,” this “Let it be done
in me,” with which you sealed your Formula of Profession and
which simultaneously – with your Marian availability – summarizes
all your life’s offerings, has resounded in this Parish, in our
Family, and mystically in the Heart of the Church your Mother, into
a beautiful hymn of love: “Here I am the handmaid of the Lord,
let it be done to me according to your word.”
The fiat that you have given today is
an option of love. It is a fundamental response that requires the
totality of your human and feminine “I” and it visibly and
concretely manifests your consent, your receptivity, your response,
your surrender, your total abandonment to God’s love and to His
Dear sisters, your fiat is a response
of faith that requires from each one of you a perfect cooperation
with grace and a perfect Marian receptivity to the action of the
Holy Spirit, so that each word and each desire of love that God has
over you and over our Congregation can be enfleshed.
Love is a choice; it will
always be a choice! Love is a choice from
a heart that is totally free of itself and of its own projects in
order to give itself without reservation, without conditions. Love
is an option from a heart that generously disposes itself to remain
faithful on the path it has undertaken. Love is a choice and it
will always be an option! Love is an option from a heart that
maturely disposes itself – with joy and determination – to take on
all the responsibilities that love requires and demands. Love is a
choice from a heart that, when to be coherent with the Gospel
of Love requires difficult decisions to be made, disposes itself to
not run away, but rather to courageously stand at the foot of the
Cross. Love is an option from a heart that with valor disposes
itself to remain firm and solid when it is directly beaten by
different storms. Love is a choice and it will always be a
choice! It is a response of love of the human heart to Him who
has loved us first.
Dear daughters, the greatest freedom
of the human heart lies in its capacity to give itself to the love
of God – totally, generously, unconditionally and without
reservation. Each time that the human heart makes choices of love,
it wins a triumph for the reign of love, as the Servant of God, John
Paul II tells us: “to serve is to reign.”
Each time that love triumphs, the
City of Love is built, the civilization of love and life is edified.
Today you, with your fiat – united to the Heart of Mary – have given
a triumph to love!
All for the Heart of Jesus through
the Heart of Mary!
Mother Adela, Foundress SCTJM
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