Missionaries of Charity in Wewak pray for young people on 6 July 2012 – Feast of St. Maria Goretti.
By Sr. M Anthonia M. C. On 6th July we had a solemn celebration of the Eucharist, honoring St. Maria Goretti at 6.30 am at the Missionaries of Charity Sisters Convent, Wewak. During the homily Fr. Shanthi Puthussery PIME quoted from Pope Pius XII's homily at the canonization of St. Maria Goretti on 24 June, 1950, - "Not all of us are expected to die a martyr’s death, but we are all called to the pursuit of Christian virtue. This demands strength of character though it may not match that of this innocent girl. Still, a constant, persistent and relentless effort is asked of us right up to the moment of our death."
After the Eucharistic celebration each sister venerated the relic of St. Maria Goretti praying for each diocese of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands particularly remembering the bishop of the diocese, the diocesan youth coordinator and all youth of the diocese. Since there were 22 sisters attending a week long workshop with Fr. Shanthi on Discipleship: Journey of Religious Life, for each sister it was a privilege to pray for the different dioceses they are assigned to. Sr. Marie Clare, Sr. Carmeline Haia, Sr. M Celestine strongly felt that it was an appropriate opportunity to pray for the young people of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands through the intercession of St. Maria Goretti on her feast day. Sr. M Antonia said referring to the young people, "we are proud of you, we want and pray that you must shine as bright lights and nobody and nothing separate you from Christ and His Teachings." Sr. M Clemente, Sr. M Kishori, Sr. M Anastasia and others wanted "youth to be faithful to God and keep try to be good until one settles down properly in life".
On the same day in the evening there was an hour of adoration to specifically pray for each diocese of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. All of us were happy to accompany every young person, diocesan youth coordinators and the bishops of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands in our special holy hour. It has been an uplifting and enriching time of solidarity with the young people of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.
At the end of the workshop we made 22 hibiscus flowers that will remain in the chapel representing the 22 dioceses and reminding us to continue to pray for the youth.
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