CODOGNO MAY 11, 2019
This meeting opened a program of formative meetings for the Italian Cabrini Lay Missionaries (CLM) that will be held between Rome and Codogno during this year and until January 2020.
Dr. Marina Pace, CLM international coordinator, motivated the meeting with the focus: “To form a Cabrinian Missionary identity by fostering a deeper knowledge of the history and spirit of the Institute”. This can be achieved by encouraging the spirit of belonging to the Institute, knowing the charism of Mother Cabrini, and living her missionary spirituality. A deeper historical knowledge of the Institute and its development over the years helps us to be mindful of being co-responsible with the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart (MSC) in transmitting the spirituality of the Cabrinian charism.
The meeting focused on the period after St. Frances Xavier Cabrini’s death, in particular on the work of Mother Antonietta Della Casa, first General Superior after the Saint. Besides Marina Pace, the speakers of the day were Dr. Giuseppe Tansini and the provincial superior, Sr. Martha Maria Lopez.
The presence of Sr. Maria Barbagallo, with her very interesting anecdotes, gave the meeting a lively spirituality.
I was very impressed by the initial motivational prayer, where we were asked to express our missionary spirit in a word. Mine was “commitment”.