Sr. Juana Marìa de Montfort, Peru
Around seventy lay members from different Delegations, participated in this experience: Peru, Equator, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. We were welcomed by our Argentine brothers of Holy Cross Parish of Fiorito, Buenos Aires, Argentina. We were given accommodation, sharing their humble homes and communities. Fraternal warmth reigned among these Latino-Americans, united on the same journey, in the footsteps of Father de Montfort and Marie Louise Trichet.
The theme of this encounter was: “Being Missionary Brothers”, and it was lived under the name of the Virgin of Luján, the one who revealed herself to the humble slave Manuel who said, “I belong to the Virgin and I serve my brothers in need.” Let us express this devotion in our lives through the consecration to Jesus through Mary, the way that Montfort invites us to take.
Each day, conferences were given by priests and lay from different participating countries. The themes were: Montfortian Fraternity, Biblical Basis of Fraternity, Community and Commitment for Mission to the poor, Ecology and Montfortian Spirituality. All those themes were supported by expositions, celebrations and even small but significant missions nearby.
A great desire to get to know better Blessed Marie Louise of Jesus and her mission was expressed. Moreover, were also expressed desires to work for Montfortian vocations and for different vocations, to live Montfortian spirituality in our Entities and to face the challenges present in our current Latino-American society.
We constantly spoke about our cultural heritage by sharing our experiences with the others in joy, faith and hope. The words of Pope Francis encouraged us: “Be an outgoing Church to bring the Gospel at all times and all places with love and joy.”
I remained impressed by so many lay men and women committed to bring Wisdom to Latino-American peoples even in a violent context. I admired their audacity, their faith and their commitment towards the very poor, with also a great love for the Virgin Mary. They were also very eager to contribute their share so that new generations may come to be inspired by this great and rich spirituality.
Luján is mostly known for its great neo-gothic basilica, built in honor of the Virgin of Luján, Argentina’s Patron Saint. Each year, around 6 mission people make the pilgrimage to the basilica. The city is known as the faith capital of South America and one of its most visited places.
Sr. Rosa Amelia Canicoba, Daughter of Wisdom, Peru
Offering young people to learn about spirituality can be quite a challenge! In Peru, some Sisters from the Congregation of the Daughters of Wisdom formed a group of young adults called “Juventud Sabiduría” or “Youth for Wisdom”. This group is composed of former students already familiar with the spirit of the Founders, Saint Louis Marie de Montfort and Blessed Marie Louise of Jesus.
The “Our Lady of Wisdom” College in Ñaña, Pérou, already planted the seed in the hearts of many generations of young women that could serve society by a deeper study of our spirituality. This is why, the Sisters began a community of “Juventud Sabiduría” or the young face of the Friends of Wisdom.
Former students of “Our Lady of Wisdom” College
“YOUTH FOR WISDOM” group is mostly composed of former students who are now at university or working as young professional in or around Lima. It is a mixed group comprising also members who benefited from the presence of the Daughters of Wisdom in their towns or communities. These young adults opted to continue to drink at the fountain of our spirituality, accompanied by the Sisters of the Community of Ñaña and Jesús María, Lima.
What do they do ?
Youth for Wisdom reveal the love of Jesus, Incarnate Wisdom, through various concrete actions organized around Ñaña or further. Here are examples:
Youth for Wisdom desire to delve deeper in the love and presence of the Lord in everyday life, in times of reflection and sharing around the table of our community after each meeting. Also, Wisdom is present in the celebrations organized by the Daughters of Wisdom on significant days for the Congregation and during activities of vocation awareness.
The youth group greatly appreciated the words of encouragement that Sr. Louise Madore, Superior General, addressed to them during her visit in February. It is important to be convinced, she said, that "every person has something special to bring to this world, something unique and irreplaceable. "
For the members of Youth of Wisdom, to know they are loved, called and sent by Jesus, Wisdom, is reason enough to be happy and to radiate and announce true Wisdom in words and in actions. May Mary, Our Lady of Wisdom, accompany them in this concrete service, joyful and courageous on behalf of others.
DAUGHTERS OF WISDOM - MARIE-LOUISE DELEGATION, PERU
Sisters María Asunción Zevallos and Elvira Muñoz María Luisa Delegation, Peru.
On May 13, 2017, feast of Our Lady of Fatima, the Center for Human Development and Psycho-Social Rehabilitation, “AMARSE” “LOVE ONE ANOTHER - Anna Maria Cuoghi Losi - Mother Emma” was inaugurated. Two Daughters of Wisdom of Peru, Sr. María Asunción Zevallos and Sr. Elvira Muñoz, were invited to the celebration.
A bit of history
The therapeutic community AMARSE (Love One Another) welcomes women for detoxification of addictions. This center is situated at Ventanilla-Callao, Peru, in the same place where our Sister, Sr. Emma Maria DW, once welcomed men to free them from the use of addictive substances. Later, the Brothers of Charity took charge of The School of Life. They reunited the stages and the therapeutic communities, thus freeing the premises of Ventanilla.
Then a group of professionals, formed by Sr. Emma herself, realized our Sister’s dream: the formation of a community for women who knock on the doors of the School of Life asking to be admitted in order to heal their addiction.
Today, with the collaboration of the State’s mental health agencies and the School of Life Council, a community was born including some thirty women who work in the rescuing and healing process.
We, the Daughters of Wisdom, lived a very touching experience. In a tangible way, we understood how deeply these professionals appreciated Sr. Emma Maria. We remembered her life and witnessed what she experienced as a Daughter of Wisdom: a woman who put all her love and trust in God alone and passionately served human beings wounded by drugs.
Today, the Daughters of Wisdom may say: what was sown is still bearing fruit.
Our dreams for the good of the others are realized. The Congregation received praise on account of one member. We acknowledge the legacy left by Sr. Emma, inspired by St. Louis Marie de Montfort and Blessed Marie Louise. Sister Emma embodied the charism and made life flourish in the existential deserts of many human beings. We also recognize how much the professionals have claimed ownership of her spirit, putting their lives, like her, at the service of women who need to be taken into account, loved and rehabilitated for society.
We hope that this Center “LOVE ONE ANOTHER” become that community where women, wounded by diverse circumstances in life, recover their dignity and get back on their feet. Under the happy and loving gaze of Sr. Emma, may they experience the love of Christ Wisdom who heals and saves from all diseases.
Complete support for children at risk…Quito, Ecuador
Sister Violeta Santos D.W.
The children of school age, living in the La Santiago sector of South Quito, Ecuador, are able to overcome situations of family violence, malnutrition and learning difficulties thanks to the programme « That all may have life », run by the Daughters of Wisdom since 2009.
We, the Daughters of Wisdom in Ecuador, faithful to the spirit of our Founders, St Louis Marie de Montfort, and Blessed Marie Louise of Jesus, developed our missions in those regions which are the poorest and most vulnerable, so that the Lord’s favorites, the children, may live a healthy, dignified life.
In view of this, « That all may have life » has organized a complete extra-curricular programme promoting integral human development for school-age
children who encounter problems such as- lack of motivation, dropping out of school, malnutrition, poor self-image, family violence and poverty. These children also risk becoming socially marginalized.
Each year, we select a group of 30 children, boys and girls from 6 to 10 years of age, who attend a local school and who live in difficult situations. We ask them to come every day for a whole year to our center. This extra-curricular programme-« That all may have life » , allows us to help the children in the following areas : school work, physical and psychological health, hygiene, nutrition, social values and Christian experience. There is also a programme for the fathers and mothers. This is carried out with the help of a pediatric nurse, a teacher, a psychologist and at times a doctor, and a ophthalmologist.
Gestures of mercy and of freedom
Those children, who benefit from this programme, develop attention skills, concentration, and creativity, become more orderly, learn to help each other, to respect others, and to live solidarity. They learn to do their homework on their own, and joyfully. They are better able to face difficulties, develop personal and community skills. The family atmosphere becomes more peaceful and harmonious because all the family is involved.
The families of the children also benefit from being given guidelines as parents. The School for Parents helps them become more involved and more committed in the education of their children, makes them more aware of their children’s need for affection and protection.
How can we keep up our work?
In order to continue this programme for children at risk, we need financial help; we need you solidarity, without which we are unable to continue. The children in the southern region of Quito are counting on you. This ministry is one that has risen directly from the heart of Jesus, Wisdom Incarnate.
Help us to keep the doors of hope open for all those children who need the help they receive from « That all may have life. »
It will be possible if you become our benefactors through your mercy and generosity, for which you will be rewarded by God himself. « What you have done to the least of these little ones, you have done to me »
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