Who are we? What is the purpose of our being—individually and congregationally? Who do we envision ourselves to be for the next five years?
The Twentieth Ordinary General Chapter’s theme “Humble servants called to be prophetic witnesses of hope in today’s world” strikingly specifies the BEING dimension of the RVM. It is the strand that binds all that we hope to accomplish together within a five-year journey. In what possible and feasible ways can we possibly BE MORE? Let me count some ways: we can choose to BE MORE —
"And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us…" Jn. 4:1. God's greatest love is manifested in His becoming like us in all things except sin. He was God yet he humbled himself and became man. He was born in a manger, a child fragile and vulnerable, exposed to the coldness of the night and the smell of the animals around him. There is no greater love than this! He came to encounter us in our human condition. Christmas is an encounter with a Person, Jesus. He is Emmanuel "God with us".
The Year of Faith has called us to deepen our faith personally, communally and as a whole Church. It starts with our very own personal conversion and encounter with Christ. It’s not isolated but ongoing.
As we start a new school year, we welcome with great enthusiasm Pope Benedict XVI’s proclamation of a “Year of Faith.” We observe the year beginning on October 11, 2012 through November 24, 2013. During this time we will fix our gaze on Jesus, the “pioneer and perfecter of our faith” (Heb. 12:2); in him all the anguish and longing of the human heart finds fulfillment.
VISION: We, in the Overseas Mission, fired with passion for “Missio Dei,” (God’s Mission), inspired by the patronage of Mary and the zeal of Mother ignacia, venture joyfully and courageously beyond borders, in the context of mission realities, diverse cultures and faith.