“Walk with us as we deepen our faith!”
Yasmine Cajuste writes “Our annual motto expresses the words that the young men and women of our Association cry out to our advisors. It is a cry that wants to express gratitude to the many advisors who guide and share our life in good times and in bad times. They nourish our desire to attain a deeper knowledge of Christ and to establish a more intimate relationship with Mary. They strengthen us to be authentic agents of change and true servants of the poor.
Our motto for 2014 is dynamic. It involves “walking” because the journey of faith implies moving forward and looking forward, it means taking the risk of encountering Jesus who first encountered us. Walking also involves maturing in our faith in a twofold manner: deepening our faith and making a commitment to confront the present challenges of evangelization. We will give life to these words if we are willing to set our course on a path that will allow us to become more aware of our interior movements and thus enter into a deeper relationship with God. We will also give life to these words if we reach out to others and serve our sisters and brothers who are in need. This year, 2014, provides us with the opportunity to continue to live our faith both as a gift and as a commitment, accepting with joy and trust the obligations that our faith places upon us as Christians and Vincentians, places upon us as members of a pilgrim Church that is at the service of the Kingdom.
We can never be too insistent on the fact that we always “walk with someone”. Jesus called his disciples to walk with him and he helped them to understand and to fulfill God’s plan. The journey of faith is never a solitary path but is always a path on which we establish different relationships, a relationship with God and relationships with our brothers and sisters. The celebration of the International Encounter of Advisors (Paris, July 2014) will be a time that will enable the advisors to come to a deeper understanding of the meaning of accompanying the members of the VMY on their journey of faith. Not everyone will be able to participate in this event but we are all challenged to reflect on how we accompany others and how we allow others to accompany us. In the meantime, let us continue our journey toward the IV General Assembly (July 2015) where we will deepen our understanding of and our response to the challenges of evangelization.
May you continue to rejoice in the journey of faith and may you become ever more convinced that God is present in the people you encounter and the events that you experience. Finally, may God’s plan of love be fulfilled in our life and in the life of our Association.
International President VMY
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