THE MESSAGE FROM THE CURRENT SUPERIOR GENERAL
YOUR WILL BE DONE (Lk.1:38)
One of the factors that motivated The Late Rt. Rev. Archbishop Louis Joseph Cabana to establish our institute of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Reparatrix (IHMR) was to have women, who adjusting to the signs of the times would continuously evangelize God’s people by teaching catechism in word and deed, especially to children and women and to witness to Christ through their vowed life in all their apostolate. With this in mind, in all their ministries (schools, hospitals or in social services) and in prayer, the IHMR sisters, following the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary, try to constantly unite themselves with the Immaculate heart of Mary by doing God’s will in humility, charity and obedience, as a sacrifice of REPARATION for the salvation of souls.
Having known human weakness, Archbishop Rt. Rev. Archbishop Louis Joseph Cabana encouraged all of us members of IHMR-Ggogonya to stay at least 30 minutes daily before the Most Blessed Sacrament, adoring Jesus, praying for His intervention and inspiration in all that we do. For it is in adoration that we always seek to know God’s will and understand how to do God’s will in our daily undertakings (Mediator Dei 129-131).
In adoration we get empowered, we get the courage to fight Satan our enemy. To acknowledge the significance of adoration, Pope Pius XII in his encyclical letter Mediator Dei traces in the Church’s earliest days, this practice of adoration of Jesus. He says: “the Blessed Sacrament used to be reserved in the tabernacle for the sick and those perhaps preparing for martyrdom. This Jesus was always adored after Mass and outside Mass.”
This Sacrament of Eucharist is the manifestation of God’s presence in our midst. Our Lord Jesus is truly, really and substantially present in the Holy Eucharist (Canons on the Eucharist- Council of Trent). The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist gives us the grace of realisation and meaning, that it helps us to understand properly the mysterious sacramental presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and through faith we respond by coming before Him in adoration (Hardon S.J). As we cannot walk in the sunlight without being warmed by its rays, so we cannot be in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament without being filled with Jesus’ goodness to the degree we are open to it. Our encounter with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament brings that inner transformation that helps us to live and to act as children of light (Mt 5:16)
The magi worshiped Jesus and offered Him gold to signify His kingship, incense was for His divinity and myrrh for His redemptive suffering. Whenever we go before the Blessed Sacrament we too offer to Jesus the gifts of our life experiences, sufferings and joys. Even mere presence before Him in quietness of heart produces in us growth and union of heart with Him. In adoration let us not only tell Jesus about our needs but also try to seek His will for us.
Through adoration of the Blessed Sacrament we receive actual graces. Grace comes from a Latin word gratia which means favour; it is a free and unmerited help from God that helps us to respond to God’s call. (CCC 1996) So, by Actual Graces the Church means a temporary supernatural intervention by God to enlighten the mind and strengthen the will to perform supernatural actions that lead one into union with God. It helps us to grow in the life of God (CCC 2000). During adoration we make Reparation by our faith and love for the acts of carelessness, neglect and even insults which Jesus must endure in many parts of the world and in our own lives. (Stay With us Lord, no.18). Archbishop Joseph Louis Cabana wanted us to be always in touch with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, something that helps us to do God’s will by fulfilling the Mission and Spirit of our Institute.
As much as that is said, we all know that doing God’s will is not easy, for there is a tendency as humans that whenever we pray we have a list of intentions. We pray constantly that God grants our requests, that He changes the situation to fit our wishes. When the situation suits our intentions, then we are at peace. When we see things not going the way we wish, in most cases we want to take over our plans in our hands. We think we can manouver out things in the direction we want, but on our way when we encounter thorns, storms, strong waves, floods, droughts, fierce animals etc. we begin to panic, to struggle, to fight, to sweat or shout. In the long run, we wear out and we lose the battle. My dear sisters, in adoration and in all our other prayers let us continuously surrender all to God. Psalm 46:10 (Good News Bible) says: “Stop fighting,” he says, “and know that I am God, supreme among the nations, supreme over the world.”
God is the Master planner of our lives. He is the only who can perfectly fit the pieces of our lives even if we have messed them up. Then if He is the Master planner, the best way to go is to allow Him take control and in this way He will drive us wherever He will. With full trust in Him, even when storms, floods etc. come away, we will remain relaxed, we will remain at peace. Relieved from stress, we will just look on amazingly in wonder and praise, seeing how God unfolds the pages of our lives. What a joy to live at peace in hope and trust knowing that God is taking care. This joy, hope, trust and contentment are some of the fruits of genuinely surrendering to God.
One might say “easier said, than done”. I know doing God’s will is a very big challenge to each one of us, for it is not easy to discern what God’s will is. We should however not despair for we are not alone in the struggle. Jesus as fully human and divine went through the same. He experienced the difficulty of both knowing God’s will and needing to execute God’s will in Gethesmane. “Father,” he said, “if you will, take this cup of suffering away from me. Not my will, however, but your will be done.” Lk.22:42 (Good News Bible). At the end of it all, He won the victory. We too need to cultivate an attentiveness and a stillness that allows us to communicate with God in the midst of our daily chaos, we need to listen to Him with open hearts and then pray for strength, determination, and courage we need to do His will and also to help others do God’s will. Let it be our daily task, to pray and ask Him Lord, what is your will for me today?, Lord show me and guide me to do your will today.
Our Institute has grown and developed over the past years with the same driving force of doing God’s will through prayer and work. A vote of thanks to all former Superiors General and to all IHMR-Ggogonya sisters who have contributed to our stronghold.
“I don’t know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future” says Tim Tebow
YOUR WILL BE DONE
Mother Mary intercede for us
Sr. Ann Christine Kizza
Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Reparatrix