By Leadership Reporter
“Always fix your eyes on Christ who was crucified that we can love him tenderly and also remember the meaning of God who died on the cross for the salvation of souls” Fr. Paulino Mondo quoted Saint Comboni while presiding over the religious profession of three novices at Namugongo in September. The three novices who had their first religious profession included Joan Namuli (Uganda), Amira William (Egypt) and Florence Achieng (Uganda). Fr. Paulino went on to say that, today, God has continued calling and asking whom he should send and who will go.
During the Eucharistic celebration, Fr. Paulino said, “the Cross which we also celebrate today in the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross will tell you not in words but in silence that you will sometimes be abandoned, deprived and moments will come when you feel lonely; enter the chapel when you find there the Cross, tell yourself, am not alone, Jesus who saved the whole world is also with me”. Father Paulino also called upon the novices not to look at the ceremony of Religious Profession as a mere celebration or to have pictures or making relations, but to make a common cause with the poor. Not to keep the poor poor, but to alleviate the poverty as indicated in the Charisma of the Comboni Missionary Sisters.
He also reminded the newly professed sisters of what they already are, “Chaste life is not strange to you, in your own cultures, a good girl keeps herself until the moment of marriage; today you are not going to get boys, because Jesus has grabbed you”. He called upon them to embrace poverty saying, a good African girl lives a life of poverty because they do not have anything, it is the property of their parents. He added that as they embrace poverty, nothing should be so strange instead they should be the teachers of poverty to those they will meet not by words but also by example.
The main celebrant urged the newly professed sisters to be obedient to their superiors, because obedience has already been among the Comboni missionaries, and they do it whole heartedly. “You are joining an International congregation that has centuries below it, so you are going to become a people above average, meaning you have to behave locally and act universally. Kindly cherish this family and do not challenge it because in our African culture, we don’t challenge our elders. At most, when you want to talk tough, you ran and complain in the toilet” asserted Fr Paulino. He also added that, “the three are starting a religious journey and at sometime they will be martyrs”.
St. Daniel Comboni had directed in 1872 that comboni Sisters should have red buttons on their dresses to remind them that they would be killed or risk their lives in another way. Fr Paulino reminded them that the red buttons in this country have given them martyrs like Sr. Liliana and Fr. William Nyadru both killed in Karamoja, Bro. Godfrey Kiryowa and Fr. Mantovani. So Martyrdom for Combonis is not fiction You will meet it everywhere so ladies, be women of courage.
The newly professed sisters have been assigned for mission to different provinces: Sr. Joan to the province of S. Sudan, Sr. Amira to Sri-lanka and Sr. Florence to Sudan-Khartoum.
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