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Behold! I am doing something new! (Isa 49:19) Philippines and Thailand become One Unit



We Weave our Dreams Together as We go Forth as One

This was an historic moment in our journey, and there was much excitement, congratulations and blessing each other for the new beginning. It brought immense joy, hope, renewed energy and life to begin the new venture.

The Prayer Ritual of Acceptance by the Leadership Team of Philippines Vice Province was prepared to help us enter into this new reality.

Water from the Philippines and Thailand was jointly poured into a single bowl. As the bowl of water was passed from one to another we remembered and brought to our prayers our Foundress, Venerable Nano Nagle, all the Sisters and Friends who have been part of this last 17 years and seven months journey towards  the Thai Joint Mission.  It was a moment to be grateful to God.

To mark this significant day we planted a fruit tree. We hope that, like this tree, our mission will develop branches and bear seeds and fruit from which new trees can grow.

After the tree planting we were blessed by sprinkling water. According to the Thai Culture, during the Songkran or the water festival, the sprinkling of water symbolizes the cleansing of all that is not good and signifies a brand new beginning and welcome good fortune.

Paying reverence to ancestors is also an important part of Songkran tradition. We recalled all our ancestors, specially Sr.Tessie Limsiaco (Philippines Vice Province) who was part of this mission

Literally, Songkran means astrological passage -  transformation or change and indicates the passing of the sun, moon and other planets into a new zodiac orbit. Through this symbolic gesture of sprinkling water, we asked for the blessings we needed for this new beginning and welcomed the newness into our lives with the spirit of openness.

Finally, we had the ritual of pouring water into a lotus plant. The Lotus is an important symbol of Thailand.  It is also unique in that it requires thick mud and silt in which to extend its roots so that it can grow and eventually yield flowers. It is the sacred flower of the Thai people because it is the traditional flower of Buddhism. The Lotus flower symbolizes rising from a dark place into beauty and rebirth. So this symbol of nurturing the new beginning and rebirth water was poured into the lotus plant.

At the end of the day we gathered again in prayer in gratitude for all that God has done in the history of Thai Joint mission thus far and for the hopeful future. Our hearts were filled with gratitude for all those who have been part of this journey.

We also take this opportunity to thank our Congregational Leadership Teams and Provincial Leadership Teams (India North/South Province, Pakistan and Philippines) past and the present for your encouragement and support in our ministry and mission helped us ‘through times of light and darkness’ (C11) and to remain faithful to our call to this mission. 

As Pope Francis invites the Consecrated Religious we look to the Past with Gratitude; to live the Present with Passion; and to Embrace the Future with Hope.   

Sr Chitra Varghese PBVM

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