My dear brothers and sisters,
I want to send a greeting to all the Dominican laity throughout the world and to thank you especially for your prayers in this period of rehabilitation that I am going through, in which I have experienced your closeness not only in prayer but in friendship and fraternity too.
Thank you for these moments of communion which have helped me in this time of trouble.
Thanks be to God, I am going back to Santa Sabina on Monday 30 January and so will be able, little by little, to get back to my normal life, my work and my relations with you all.
I was able to take part in the Congress on Mission for just ne day, but it was a great joy for me to be there, even if only for a few hours. I was able to meet many of you: brethren, Sisters and above all lay Dominicans and members of the Youth Movement.
I want to thank the many lay Dominicans who responded to the invitation to take part in this Congress: they came from Australia, the Philippines, Latin America, Canada, the Caribbean, the USA and Europe. It was an experience of communion, and it is only in communion that we can live our Dominican vocation.
Because of my condition I was unable to take part in the whole Congress but I was at the closing Mass at which the Pope presided. At that celebration we were able to live the communion of our whole Dominican Family and the fraternal openness to the whole Church under our Pope, who confirmed our mission as was done with St Dominic.
Now we must ask: how can we continue, concretely?
The Jubilee, above all the Congress, gave us the opportunity to live a great communion in the whole Order and face the current challenges that preaching must deal with.
Helping one another in communion and with the Holy Spirit, we will be able to discover what preaching is – in our specific case, what lay preaching is. Living ever more intensely our communion with the Order, we must improve relations, share our experiences, compare our opportunities for apostolate. We cannot remain closed up in our Fraternities, our priories or our Provinces. The Order is a large family and the experience of the Jubilee and of the Congress have taught us that it is only in the Family that we can come to know one another, help one another and discover the new challenges of preaching.
All of us who took part saw how much can be done: the paths open to us, the doors that have opened in the Order are truly enormous and in the plurality of responses we can understand what the Dominican vocation is, what apostolate is, what Dominican preaching is.
The strength we have discovered today must not be lost. We have so many ways of communicating that we must and may remain in touch, continuing on the road of communion. It is only in communion that progress in Dominican preaching is possible.
A fraternal greeting from the Promoter of the Laity
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