LETTER FROM HEAVEN
Dearest sisters, best wishes!
Today we commemorate the birth into heaven of our Mother Foundress Maria Matilde Bucchi; I asked her to write to you, to speak to you, in this particular and complex moment of our history. With the brothers and sisters we meet we are sharing anxieties, fears, uncertainties for the present and for the future and we all need words and gestures of hope. ``Dearest daughters, thank you for remembering today with so much faith and joy the crowning of my life: I experienced the last abandonment to God the Father in the encounter with the Bridegroom whom I have loved and sought so much throughout my life. I walk, struggle, courageous choices, darkness, but also joy, abandonment and trust in the love of the Father and in His providence: these are the colors that have characterized my existence as a seeker of God.
SISTERS OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD
“The same life circulates between God and us” is written in our “rule of life”: the religious family was formed around the mystery of the Passover of Jesus, with the gaze turned to the Master who dedicates himself to the life of man, up to the end. It is a strong, eternal, indestructible bond the one that is sealed on the Cross and today we would like to live by continuing to announce this covenant that runs through the entire history of salvation.
We live together sharing the prayer and the desire to serve the Church; we would like to become sisters among us to be a sign of the possibility of establishing good relationships even though we have not chosen each other, coming from different histories and cultures.
We are a small family, but we open ourselves to the wide borders of the Church and of the world; the Blood of Christ makes those far away close, breaks down barriers and enmities. For this reason it seems necessary to us to walk with other peoples, other spiritualities, other Congregations, without closing ourselves off to the demands of history.
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MARIA MATILDE BUCCHI
The Foundress of the Congregation was born in Agrate Brianza (MI - Italy), on May 18, 1812 and lives, like many other girls, working to help the family. She attends school for a few months and then she is forced to stop, both because there is no money to pay for the school, and because she has to get busy. She works first in the fields, then in the spinning mill, then as a maid while cultivating the desire to consecrate her life to God. In fact, still young she makes a private vow of chastity and cultivates her bond of love with Jesus Crucified, attracted by his Passion which sustains her in her daily toil. He faces the sacrifices of a poor life with the conviction that even this condition, lived by choice and with love, can be a way to reciprocate the love with which the Father gave his Son for us, without sparing. In 1852 she agreed to collaborate with the ¬ Canossian ¬ Daughters of Charity in the education of poor girls, in their Institute in Monza, since she did not have the means to enter the Congregation as a novice. She lives with other girls who share the same ideal, she is entrusted with the education of the poorest girls and begins a long journey of spiritual and religious research that ends a few years before her death, which took place on March 1, 1882. In fact, only on May 17, 1876, Archbishop Calabiana of Milan, notified Mother Maria Matilde and her community of the canonical erection in the Congregation with the title of Sisters of the Precious Blood.
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