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The joy of meeting again... at last!

Every 8th December is an invitation for all of us in the Daughters of the Holy Spirit spiritual family to "come and drink from the Source". And the traditional letter from our Superior General, received on this occasion, is a precious means and a strong invitation to share.

Thus, in inter-communities -Lannion, Ploumilliau, Ile Blanche and the service community of Plestin-les-Grèves- (communities geographically close, situated in Brittany, France) we had the joy of living a time of sharing with our elderly sisters and associates close to these communities.

To receive together the first message of our new Superior General is a remarkeble "event"! We realised how much the theme developed in her letter tends to turn us together towards Mary, the "new Eve" whose "fiat (Yes) restored humanity to its beauty and freedom". Yes, we said it again: how good it is to imagine together "the beautiful garden of Creation, to contemplate it like a work of art chiselled by a goldsmith..." and to repeat to ourselves: it is urgent to take care today of this garden, our "common home", to hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor inseparably linked". Of course, the term "integral ecology" still needs to be better understood, said one participant. But the letter already says something essential: "we are invited to change our outlook... to foster, among ourselves and with others, ever more genuine and fraternal relationships."

The rest of this good time of exchange was, indeed, the occasion for a very happy reunion after the two sequences of confinement which had prevented such meetings. The General Chapter was truly right to invite us to become the more "sisters among ourselves", to draw closer, to listen to each other, to communicate..."

May this feast of 8 December, the anniversary of our beginnings, connect us in a special way to our congregation in its "international and inter-generational" dimension.

The inter-community and the elderly Sisters of Plestin-les-Grèves. Published on 29th November 2021

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