Some have remained there in the center. Like Bakala's parish priest and the handful of elders and handicaps who have remained there, by force, by choice. Their feet could not take the way of exile, they stayed; their hearts could not leave the people alone, they stayed. They were "the essentials". In two days the town was emptied as the guns crackled. Those who ran away, too were part of this meritorious procession of "essentials," so essential that, they ran away leaving nothing behind, since nothing had been left of their houses and burnt goods. They set out for nothing else, just to survive.
7th January 2017
Today, the last day of our Pre-Chapter Assembly, we were enriched the Synthesis on the meaning and sense of the Vedruna Family in mission today.
After our personal reflection, sharing in the large group with everyone in the room, we have clarified some of the concepts and interpretation of some ambiguous sentences.
The province of Africa has started the Pre-chapter assembly today (2nd Jan. 2017). It was held in the formation house in Kimwenza. We 20 sisters participated from the province and three sisters of GT, Maria Inés, Adelaida and Maria Lluïsa, who have come to accompany us in these days of reflection. The sisters who are chosen for the general chapter are also present among the 20 sisters, except Sr. Covadonga who is looking after her mother who is sick. Let us keep her in our prayers. All the coordinators of all the communities of the province along with the economic team and the formation team are present for this assembly.
In this first day, Fr. Simon from the Monastery (Premontré) has helped us in the reflection of how to live our commitment during our difficult times. He invited us to leave our land as Abraham, and to go to where God wants us to be in order to give more life. We have to leave behind all that blocks us from following Jesus. During the day, we had personal reflection, group work, sharing and prayer. Thus the first day of the assembly got over.
"ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL / NON-ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL"
Some feelings that come after having had to temporarily leave Bambari for safety measures.
New human categories, amazing. They are marked by specialists in the humanitarian world. We are part of the "non-essential personnel", which can be evacuated in case of emergency, when the fighting is over, or the announcements of fighting, when the population is frightened while seeing that the NGOs leave in the airplanes of the UN and they stay there, waiting for the enemy to attack, or they may not attack. And while some of us go to more comfortable places, others, once again with the house on their backs, are on the way thickening the numbers of displaced-crowded in the refugee camps or dead on the road.