It’s Christmas!

Rome (Italy). “I proclaim to you good news of great joy!” (Luke 2: 10). This is the Message of Christmas Greetings from the Mother General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Sr. Yvonne Reungoat.

Here is the proclamation of the Angel to the shepherds: our life has been redeemed by the certainty of the Savior. Each year, Christmas brings us the renewed awareness that salvation is not an event that happened once and for all, but one that is renewed and actualized from generation to generation for every person who lives in the world, whether they know it or not.

God became human to share our whole existence. This gives us joy, peace, security, hope. It allows us to gaze with optimism on our life and on the life of the world to which we are sent.

A proclamation of hope

We know that the history of the world has already been redeemed; that Jesus has recapitulated in Himself all the tears, the cries of desperation, that rise up from men and women on this earth, in every epoch of history, and has transformed them into songs of resurrection.

I wish to invite you to look at the signs of the Kingdom that comes. They are not lacking, even if they do not make noise, if they do not appear in the headlines of the news and of the media. They exist, and they are more numerous than the signs of death. They may be small signs, immersed in daily life. This is why Pope Francis speaks of ‘next-door holiness’ and lists the behaviors that may even seem obvious to us.

But there are also more evident signs, sometimes not directly religious or evangelical.

The sensitivity for integral ecology is a sign that is spreading. The capacity for welcome and for integration is a sign that emerges in human communities, in families, in individual people.

A smiling relationship style capable of listening is a sign that rediscovers the fundamental values ??of human coexistence.

Together as religious men and women

The growing attention to relationships and collaboration between religions is a sign. 2019 was marked positively by the signing of the Document on Human Brotherhood for world peace and communal coexistence.

In a society that is highly suspicious of the followers of Islam, it has become a force for dialogue, has allowed us to discover clearly how faiths can converge in respect for the human person, in the will to serve, in the repudiation of violence and war, in mutual acceptance.

It is a response to the invitation of St. John XXIII to seek what unites us, what makes us discover ourselves as children of the same Father, because habits, cultures, practical choices are influenced by the diversity of times, places, conditions of life (cf. Greeting of the Holy Father John XXIII to the faithful participating in the torchlight procession on the occasion of the opening of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Rome, 11 October 1962).

“I proclaim to you great joy!”

Yes, it is possible to exult and intone the ‘Gloria’ even in our times, because the coming of Jesus is real, albeit often hidden as in Bethlehem. When the Angels proclaimed it to the shepherds, they gave a very simple sign: "a Child wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a manger."

To welcome Him we must have a poor and simple heart like that of the shepherds, able to read the ‘signs’ through natural events such like that of the Magi; humble in adoration and obedient like that of Joseph and Mary.

Christmas fills us with joy and this is why we are able to recognize the Baby in the people around us, in the seeds of the Kingdom spread throughout the world, in the cultures to which we belong, even when they need to be evangelized or re-evangelized, in the journey of our communities and of the Institute, in the joy of welcoming and accompanying new vocations, and of being sisters attentive to the One who has given us everything

“I proclaim to you great joy!”

The joy of knowing that history has already been redeemed, that the world is already the ‘place’ of the presence of Christ, that in the hearts of many of our brothers and sisters, there is a nostalgia for the good opening the road to grace, that in every baby who comes into the world there is a bit of Christmas.

“I proclaim to you great joy!”

Mercy became flesh, sin is canceled out, enmities vanish, and reconciliation is the normal condition of relationships among the peoples.

“I proclaim to you great joy!”

The history of our Institute is part of a current of good that crosses the millennia of human life. The great joy that the Angels proclaimed is what we are already celebrating. ‘Let us thank the Lord who grants us many graces!’. I invite you to recall Mother Mazzarello, how at the beginning the Lord had given ‘great graces,’ and that the whole story of these 150 years is woven with ‘Grace.’ We are invited to continue this Litany of Joy. Each one of us is called to proclaim it to everyone we meet, every day, not only at Christmas.

I wish everyone to be filled with this joy, that no effort, no disappointment, no pain may cloud this joy!

May the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians be a grand proclamation of joy in the whole world! May Your families, lay collaborators, young people experience it and proclaim it in their turn, so that Christmas 2019 will mark a bright stage in their life.

May the proclamation of joy reach those who do not know Christ or do not believe in His divinity and transfigure their existence!

May the proclamation of the joy of Christmas resound with notes of gratitude for the Rector Major Don Ángel Fernández Artime, for the Salesian confreres and all the priests who gift us with their ministry, for the Bishops of the Dioceses ...

May the proclamation of joy reach all the educating communities in the world.

Merry Christmas and Holy 2020!

Rome, 24 December 2019            Superior General Sr. Yvonne Reungoat, FMA

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25/12/2020 23:24:27 - Sor Ana Inés

Muy querida Madre Yvonne. Feliz y Santa Navidad. Muchas gracias por el bello mensaje que nos ha enviado en esta Navidad. El Niño Jesús la bendiga en su misión.

25/12/2020 23:23:45 - Sor Ana Inés

Muy querida Madre Yvonne. Feliz y Santa Navidad. Muchas gracias por el bello mensaje que nos ha enviado en esta Navidad. El Niño Jesús la bendiga en su misión.

25/12/2020 23:23:21 - Sor Ana Inés

Muy querida Madre Yvonne. Feliz y Santa Navidad. Muchas gracias por el bello mensaje que nos ha enviado en esta Navidad. El Niño Jesús la bendiga en su misión.

31/12/2019 10:33:01 - sr. Rozália Mrenová

Carissima Madre! Grazie per il Suo augurio! Il Suo invito alla gioia é molto importante, perché tante volte la gioia interiore é offuscata dai problemi quotidiani che ci opprimono e tolgono la gioia. Il Signore ci aiuti a riconqustarla sempre! Auguri dell´Anno Nuovo ! Geú ci aiuti a vivere nella gioia e nella riconoscenza ogni giorno! Con affetto suor Rozália Mrenová della Slovacchia

27/12/2019 18:33:06 - sor Elizabeth

FELIZ NAVIDAD!!! Que el Anuncio de los Ángeles a los Pastores se renueve cada día en su corazón y en nuestras Comunidades; que seamos para quienes encontremos un ANUNCIO DE GRAN ALEGRÍA! Felicitaciones querida Madre; Dios bendiga su caminar, la estrella de Belén sea su luz, María la sostenga en cada momento...Auguri!

27/12/2019 10:00:48 - Sr Hery

Joyeux Noel Mère Yvonne. Merci beaucoup pour votre message et votre souhait. Nous serons des annonciatrices de joie là où nous sommes et en tout ce que nous ferons.

26/12/2019 23:47:09 - Ir. Maria José Andrade de Souza

Obrigada querida madre Yvonne pelos seus anúncios de alegria nesta belíssima festa do Menino-Deus que vem ao nosso encontro. Suas palavras são sempre motivadoras, de ânimo e de proximidade também com aqueles que estão ao nosso redor. Assim, cultiva sempre mais o nosso espírito de família. Que a senhora receba deste Menino Luz as bênçãos que mais precisa. Daqui desta rica missão, vou continuar rezando pela senhora. Grande abraço!

26/12/2019 22:12:56 - Inspectoría "Sagrado Corazón"- ECU

Querida Madre Yvonne, le hacemos llegar a usted y a cada una de las Hermanas del Consejo General nuestro augurio de Felicidad, paz y todo bien. Le agradecemos su mensaje de Navidad: "¡Les anuncio una gran alegría!" que lo hemos acogido con el corazón henchido de gozo y gratitud a nuestro Buen Dios que se hizo hombre para compartir nuestra existencia y regalarnos la salvación. Estamos convencidas de que es un misterio que se renueva y se actualiza en nuestra vida y nos hace testigos de esperanza, capaces de descubrir, con la sencillez de los pastores y el gozo de los ángeles, en los gestos pequeños de la vida cotidiana, los signos del reino, lo que nos une, lo que nos nos llena de alegría!. Sí, querida Madre Feliz Navidad y un Nuevo Año 2020 bendecido, lleno de buenas noticias. ¡Gracias por su entrega alegre y generosa al Instituto!

25/12/2019 22:35:35 - Sor Luz Consuelo Estrella

Gracias, Madre Yvonne, Feliz Navidad para Ud. Hnas. del Consejo General y hnas. todas. Lindo mensaje que nos ha regalado en esta Navidad: "Os anuncio una gran alegría", Alegria porque el hijo de Dios viene a nosotros y se hace uno, una persona, que viene como la ternura del Padre Dios, a regalarnos su amor, un amor salvifico. Alegria por toda la bondad y amor que el Seño pone en nuestras posibilidades, para ir alargnado el plan de salvación para todas las personas que aún no conocen al Señor. Bondad a toda prueba para vencer todo temor, toda injusticia, todo mal que impide que vivamos en el amor y alegría de tener a Jesús.

25/12/2019 21:15:16 - Carla Besenzoni - Metanopoli

Reverendissima e Amatissima Madre Yvonne, anche se rischio di ripetermi, devo dirLe che per me è sempre motivo di gioia ascoltare il Suo messaggio natalizio e porgerLe gli auguri. Grazie perché ci ha ricordato il significato profondo del Natale, invitandoci a leggerne i segni nella vita di ogni giorno con la speranza e l'ottimismo che da sempre sono "il Suo distintivo di Madre Generale". Grazie, Madre, perché la Sua testimonianza ci aiuta ad #esseresantilìdovesiamo fra i giovani che ci sono stati affidati. Ne approfitto per estendere fervidi auguri di Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo al Suo Consiglio. Con la SPERANZA di poterLa incontrare presto qui, nella nostra bellissima Scuola Maria Ausiliatrice di San Donato Milanese, che da più di sessant'anni attualizza il carisma di Don Bosco e Maria Domenica Mazzarello, La stringo in un fortissimo abbraccio.

25/12/2019 16:31:58 - Comunidade Irmã Maria Romero - Araras SP - Brasil

Querida Madre Yvonne e Irmãs do Conselho! Obrigada pela linda mensagem do Natal e pelo incentivo para sermos ladainha de alegria em nossa vida cotidiana. Que bonito ver as Conselheiras montar o presépio. Que o Natal não seja apenas um dia, mas todos os dias da nossa vida. Um abençoado 2020. Ir. Cecilia Tredezini, Ir. Iracema Schoeps, Ir. Metka Kastelic e Ir. Zilá Maria de Godoi.

25/12/2019 15:49:29 - comunità di Firenze

La comunità dell'Istituto m. Mazzarello apprezza, ringrazia esi impegna a vivere. GRAZIE!

25/12/2019 14:46:29 - Penello Giovanna

Carissima Madre grazie del bellissimo e significativo messaggio Natalizio che ci riempie il cuore di gioia. Buon Natale e un Anno pieno di speranza da tutte noi sorelle di Cambogia e Myanmar

25/12/2019 11:35:28 - bernnardina bertarelli

25/12/2019 00:59:12 - Comunidad María Auxiliadora- Quito

Querida Madre Feliz Navidad!! Especiales bendiciones para su vida, salud y servicio generoso que diariamente nos regala. Gracias por los variados y ricos "anuncios" que nos entrega en su mensaje 2019; que nos ayudan a leer en positivo la vida que circula en la Iglesia, en el Instituto y en el mundo. Bendecimos y agradecemos a Dios porque le podemos recibir en esta navidad como "Él Dios con nosotros" , actuando siempre con su gran y si misericordia. Madre la queremos muchísimos y nos comprometemos a traducir su mensaje en vida y nuevo anuncio.

24/12/2019 15:04:58 - Sr Giuseppina Bonaccorsi

Auguri Madre e lei e al suo consiglio. Gesù le conceda quanto il suo cuore desidera e soprattutto di sapere che tutti noi abbiamo intrapreso il cammino verso la santità e la gioiosa fedeltà! Grazie per il dono della sua presenza!!!

24/12/2019 09:47:44 - Suor Alba

"I segni" precedono, si affiancano al nostro andare, ci seguono, molti tanti, incalcolabili, diversi a volte incomprensibili, ma accolti come nuova manifestazione di un Dio che non ci abbandona, che ci ama e ci associa alla Sua vita perché ci vuole ausiliatrici nella nostra comunità, tra i giovani e nel mondo. Felice Natale a Lei, Madre Yvonne!

24/12/2019 02:55:29 - Sr. Monaliza BSP

Querida Madre Yvonne Reungoat, Feliz Natal! Que mensagem tão linda! Que o menino Jesus possa nascer em nossos corações, e iluminadas pelo seu amor, sermos sinal de esperança na vida de tantas crianças e jovens! Boas Festas! Do Brasil, nosso abraço carinhoso! Auguri!!!!!

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