Rivista DMA

Growing in Reciprocity

Growing in Reciprocity A Sister who had been experiencing a period of restlessness confided to me: “Since the time I decided to think about acting in passing from I to we, I have rediscovered what it means to be free and happy”.She succeeded by taking the high road.This daily challenge touches all of us in our personal life and in the community reality.It is probably the preferred way to realize ourselves as consecrated women who live together.

In this issue, the magazine proposes a theme that marked the origins of the Institute, the educating community.We are attracted by the physiognomy of the community of Mornese and by the long tradition of co-responsibility and reciprocity with the laity in the educating mission.Today, as in the past, we live an authentic experience of traveling the journey together, one in which involving and perceiving that that the contribution of each person is strategic and undeniable for the success of the educational project.

In the early 1900’s iIn the Trastevere neighborhood, one of the poorest of Rome, a small community of women infected the entire area and became a believable sign of the tenderness of God for disadvantaged young people.With them was a young Sister who knew much of their shared gift for the young girls.She was Teresa Valsé Pantellini, whose hundredth anniversary of death is celebrated this year.

The letter convoking General Chapter 22 helps us to reflect on one of the suppositions necessary to build an educating community: overcoming self-centeredness, the continual conversion for those who want to enter into the view of “it is in WE that we overcome the divisions and become one, to the point of finally being able to say, “In God may webe one in everything”
(Deus caritas est 18).

Forming ourselves and working together – FMA, laity, young people and families – is the best way today to revitalize the communities,all communities, even those where there is no apostolic work.We do not deal, in fact, with a structure, but rather with a mentality that favors experiences of co-responsibilityand of convergence on a shared project.

In a conference with the twenty-one new provincials gathered at Castelgandolfo during the month of July, la Madre dealt with a few attitudes to bring about this process of reciprocity.
Creating a family environment where the presence of Mary, mother and teacher of communion, helps to promote authentic interpersonal relationships according to the Preventive System.
Accepting the sharing of the problems of young people and others, beginning together from uncertainties, and discreetly guiding them to help themselves by using their own freedom so that they may learn to love, serve and be responsible.
Living together the joy and struggles of the journey without undue pressures, but also without abandoning positive ideals.
Offering the witness of meaningful relationships lived among ourselves and with the laity.Today’s fragility could lead us to reciprocal wounding, the solitude that is frequently our companion on the journey and each person tends to follow his/her objectives independently, and, at times, against the interest of the other.
The witnesses of gratuity in relationships, being persons of communion, are great gifts for the young people.Placing ourselves on a network, as educating communities in connection with the place, could also help them even in confronting the new media culture where there are no maps to guide us.

It is a precious itinerary for every FMA.


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