Day 4: Recalling the past!
|Mother Pia with the juniors|
|Mother Ancilla with the juniors|
The second testimony was given by Mother Ancilla who spent 33 years in Korea, forming many generations of Korean sisters during her time in the vocational and formation sector. Before this she had dedicated 18 years of service in Japan, again a laudable commitment. They were hard times in the aftermath of the war, yet, as Mother Ancilla reminded us, they had made this decision to follow Jesus Master in obedience and love, going where this would bring them. The journey was made by boat and could last months. The sisters soon learned how to create their 'community' on board, or find their 'chapel' so they could continue nourishing their prayer life and spiritual duties en route to the new destination. What struck us about all these sisters was their transparent witness and the gratitude for all that they have received. There are no regrets and indeed they encouraged each one of us to embrace the missionary life if we have the opportunity for it is an experience that no book can teach.
It was very important for us as younger sisters to listen to the experience of those who made countless sacrifices for us. We don't just own part of history but we have a history to construct, to continue the work of the past ( Vita consecrata 110).