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From 20 to 24 August 2021, young people met at the community of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit in Koudougou, Burkina Faso, for a time of reflection led by Sisters Clementine TAPSOBA and myself, Juliet IDOWU; "My life is a Mission" was the theme.
Mission is a call, a vocation, a sending, a service, a proclamation, and a work. In creating the universe, God gave mankind a mission to take care of the nature of our ‘common home’, to take care of others: in short, mankind's mission is to look after the well-being of all creation. We can therefore say that God has created us for a specific mission.
Mission is at the heart of our lives. Through our Baptism, we are all on mission because Christ sends us to bring the Good News to the world. This Good News that we are to proclaim is our witness of simple living and love for one another. We live our mission concretely in the family, in the school, in the neighbourhood, in the parish and in society, paying special attention to the poor, the sick and the elderly.
In religious life, this mission is strengthened by responding to God's special call, as shown in the Bible by the call of Samuel (1 Sam 3:1-13), of the prophets (Jer 1:1-11), and by Christ's call to the first disciples to leave everything and follow him (Jn 1:35-51; Mt 4:18-22; 9:9-10). In this way our life becomes Mission by giving the best of ourselves through our relationship with God in the different places of our 'common home' where we are sent to perform different services and activities.
During this meeting the young people learned about the history of the congregation of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, the charism, the different branches of the congregation. They were enlightened on the stages and places of formation and on community life. They carried out activities such as field work, services and responsibilities entrusted to each group, prayer times, making rosaries.... These activities aimed to make them understand the importance of working with others and of the relationship with God, to open their hearts to the community dimension. The accompaniment allowed each one to express her desire and to be enlightened on the conditions and stages of formation in the ESF.
At the end of this stay, the young people expressed their feeling of joy which had as its source: their courage, their sharing, their openness, the life witness of the Sisters and the fraternity experienced.
May God hear and answer our prayers, grand more holy vocations to our congregation and to the Church.
Sister Juliet IDOWU DHS. Published on 15 September 2021