Joy flourishes in the heart of sorrow

Joy flourishes in the heart of sorrow Port-au-Prince ( Haiti ). “On March 13, 2010 the province of ‘Notre Dame du Perpétuel Secours' welcomed the visit of Mother General, M. Yvonne Reungoat”. The Sisters from Haiti write telling us of their experience of the arrival of Mother Yvonne. “After 2 p. m., the FMA from around Port au Prince gathered in the provincial house to welcome Mother. Shortly afterwards the Salesian Provincial, Fr. Ducange Sylvain, arrived to add to the joy of the celebration. At 6 p.m. Mother had not yet arrived and we were still waiting. We knew that she was already in Haiti , but was delayed by a traffic jam near the airport. Thank God, the blockage eased round 6:30 and you can imagine our joy when Mother arrived among us. Our joy burst into song, dance, smiles and moments of animation. Our country is suffering and we all suffer, but now our joy is greater than our pain. Knowing that we have the Institute within our walls, we cannot hide the happiness of this moment. After the greetings and songs of welcome, the Provincial, Sr. Marie Claire Jean, addressed a few words to our Mother, to express the sentiments of our hearts on this occasion. ‘I have seen the misery of my people who are in Egypt , says Yahweh, I have heard their cry. Yes I know their anguish and I have come down to free them!' (Ex 3, 7-8). «Dear Mother, these words of the Sacred Scripture have been fulfilled for us», Sr. Marie Claire began. She continued speaking of their sense of joy and gratitude for the gift of a presence that was balm to the still open wounds caused by the earthquake of January 12 last. Sr. Vilma Tallone, who was sent by Mother Yvonne had already brought comfort. Now, the presence of Mother General brought a happiness that could not be contained! Only love could suggest such gestures, and this love touched the heart of every Sister very deeply. Sr. Marie Claire then recalled that the Province is celebrating the 65th anniversary of the presence of the FMA in Haiti this year and everyone had wanted to have Mother Yvonne present to thank the missionaries (some of whom were French) who planted the Salesian charism in this country. The tragedy of the earthquake had put an end to all plans, but it did not cancel Mother's visit. In fact, it caused her to anticipate it. “Our gratitude” she continued, “will strengthen us in our commitment to serve the young and the not so young and to tell them that God is present, even in the heart of this situation, to urge us on to continue proclaiming His name with optimism”. At the end of her greeting, Mother Yvonne, thanked everyone for the welcome and expressed how she felt during the long wait to be able to see her sisters who had been very much in her heart since the tragedy. She noted how the catastrophe had awakened immense solidarity in our religious Family. Her presence also carried this meaning: it represented the whole Institute that is close and shares in the sense of loss and in the hopes of the Sisters of Haiti. She then greeted our Salesian brothers, the young people and all those present and thanked them all in advance for the possibility of living moments of sharing and of family life. «It was getting late – the report continues – and the Sisters of the other communities had to go to their own houses. Those of the provincial house accompanied Mother to the chapel and then to the dining room to share a simple meal”. In the Haitian tradition, guests are offered the most precious things. But in order to have a safe night this meant a tent, because not all the rooms are liveable and the fear of further tremors is still great. So “our tents were increased by one, because Mother has planted her tent among us!”

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25/03/2010 - Sor Iluminada Guzman (Rep. Dom)

Queridas hermanas de Haiti, sin duda que la presencia de la Madre es alentadora para todas... es una muestra del genuino espiritu de familia que nos une. Valoro mucho este gesto de verdadera maternidad de Madre Ivonne! Tambien nosotras las de la Inspectoria Antillana hemos disfrutado de su presencia. Unidas en la Oración.

19/03/2010 - comunità di Salerno

Godiamo con tutte voi per la presenza della Madre! Da voi impariamo la gioia di vivere nell`essenzialità e senza troppe pretese! Grazie! Il Signore e la Sua Mamma Ausiliatrice vi diano sempre nuovo coraggio e tanta forza per affrontare ogni giorno tanta precarietà. Sicuramente sarete aggangiate a Dio più di noi tutte! un caro saluto dalla nostra comunità che vi ricorda con affetto, ammirazione. e prega per voi. Le sorelle di Salerno

18/03/2010 - s. Andrea jimènez

Muy querida M. Cler y Hnas todas, me uno a su Felicidad y gozo por la presencia de la Madre entre Ustedes, disfruten, nosotras estamos felices por Ustedes. Gracias Madre por su testimonio de maternidad y cercanìa siempre, de modo muy especial ahora en el dolor de nuestras Hnas, su testimonio me motiva a vivir cada vez màs en primera persona el espìritu de familia de nuestro carisma. Gracias Hnas por su testimonio de enteresa, valentìa y firmeza que supera toda dificultad y dolor, porque estan cimentadas en el amor. Sièntannos una vez màs muy cercanas. Las ama de corazòn Su Hna y amiga s. Andrea jimènez

17/03/2010 - Sor Luz Consuelo Estrella

Nos congratulamos con las Hermanas de Haití, por la consoladora experiencia que están viviendo con la presencia de la Madre, una madre es capaz de cualquier sacrificio por el bien de los hijos. Gocen y disfruten el tesoro que el Señor nos regaló en la persona de Sor Yvonne, que Dios la bendiga y ella pueda derramar mucha bendición sobre Haití y todos sus habitantes.

17/03/2010 - Sor Nancy Venegas

Sr. Marie Claire, Tu sabes que con cariño el pueblo colombiano también tiene su tienda allí. ¡Qué rico que la Madre esté allí porque de alguna manera es la forma como estamos todas!. Sigo muy de cerca y con fervor sigo ofreciendo en la oración.

17/03/2010 - Vicenta Jaramillo -Ecuador

Como Hijas de María Auxiliadora del Ecuador estamos unidas a la Madre y con ella a todas las queridas hermanas de Haití. Muy pronto, el 7 de abril, sor Antonieta Engracia una hermana de nuestra inspectoría irá a poner su tienda entre ustedes para compartir la vida. Gracias por lo que son!!!

16/03/2010 - Sr Benedicte Pitti

MERCI de nous partager ces nouvelles très touchantes: le mot de Sr Marie-Claire et celui de Mère Yvonne ! Nous pensons très fort à vous toutes ! Merci pour votre foi en la vie qui fait du bien aux enfants et aux jeunes de chez nous aussi quand nous leur parlons de vous! Merci et COURAGE ! Unies par la prière, Sr Benedicte (BEB)

16/03/2010 - Ir Ercilde, BPA

Obrigada! Sim muito Obrigada queridas Irmãs do Haiti! Obrigada Madre Yvonne por conceder às nossas queridas irmãs haitianas tão grande alegria indo junto delas levar sua presença e sua palavra de Mãe. A tragédia nos está oportunizando uma espescial experiencia do espírito de família em todo o Instituto e demais membros da familia salesiana. Deus não se deixa vencer em generosidade.

16/03/2010 - Sr Claudia

La gioia più profonda nasce dal dolore più profondo! Grazie, Madre per la sua sollecitudine materna; grazie, Sorelle di Haiti per il messaggio che ci avete dato, e continuate a darci, di coraggio, di fede, di grande carità verso tutti! "Non lasciatevi cadere le braccia!" Vi siamo tutte vicine con la preghiera e l`affetto fraterno. Grazie ,Signore, che ci hai fatto "famiglia"! Sr Claudia


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