Dear Sisters, we greet you all to the Solemnation of our Congregation.
On the Feast of the Holy Trinity we are invited to look with new eyes at the familiar icon by the Russian artist Andrei Rublyov from the year 1425, which is pictured in our constitutions.
The icon depicts the Holy Trinity in the form of "three angel messengers" who, according to the story in Genesis 18, appeared to Abraham at the Oaks in Mamre.
The three persons sit at a table which symbolizes an altar. The cup is a symbol for the sacrificial lamb, for Christ, who is pointing to the cup with the fingers of his right hand, and leans towards the Father. He in turn looks at the person on the right side, the Holy Spirit. What might it be about, in their togetherness? We invite you to enter into this image and hear in faith what they are talking about at this time? What do they tell me/us?
The icon reflects the mystery of the Trinity. We cannot grasp the mystery, only to guess in faith. The triune and threefold God is the original image of communion. It is unity in diversity and diversity in unity. In our communities, which are gifts and challenges, we experience this diversity in unity and "strive to revitalize our community life again and again in generosity of love, so that it may be a prophetic sign of the presence of the Triune God in the world." (Const. No. 32)
On this solemnity of our congregation, we may strengthen the roots of our spirituality deep into the mystery of the Triune God. This year, our joy is even greater because we have received the updated constitutions. They are an invitation to prayer, to deepening, to be embraced by the Triune God – in a spiritual process of renewal, as is explained by a plaque in our exhibition room in the Generalate.
“As Sisters of Divine Providence, we believe that God loves every human being, that HE is always on the way with us, and is motivating us to pass on the message of HIS love through our being and doing. In Jesus Christ, God has become one of us. HE invites us to live in an abiding, personal relationship with HIM and to help shape the Kingdom of God with our originality. The invigorating power of the Holy Spirit opens us to the reality of our world and challenges us to act in responsibility and hope. Our founder's love for the poor and the weak and his determined commitment to the disadvantaged are our lasting legacy."
These are very up-to-date words that disturb our hearts and at the same time lead us to greater solidarity with our brothers and sisters, who are suffering greatly from the sad consequences of the pandemic.
Dear sisters, we send you heartfelt greetings and wish you a happy and beautiful Feast day.