En octubre de 2019 se realizó en Roma el “Sínodo Panamazónico”: “Nuevos Caminos Para La Iglesia Y Para Una Ecología Integral”, convocado por el Papa Francisco. En el mismo tuvieron un particular protagonismo, participación y espacio las mujeres (religiosas, misioneras, laicas e indígenas). (Ver L’Osservatore Romano, 28 de diciembre de 2019)
“El clima fue de intercambio abierto, libre y respetuoso de los obispos pastores en la Amazonía, misioneros y misioneras, laicos, laicas, y representantes de los pueblos indígenas de la Amazonía. Fuimos testigos participantes en un evento eclesial marcado por la urgencia del tema que reclama abrir nuevos caminos para la Iglesia en el territorio. Se compartió un trabajo serio en un ambiente marcado por la convicción de escuchar la voz del Espíritu presente.
“El Sínodo se celebró en un ambiente fraternal y orante. Varias veces las intervenciones fueron acompañadas por aplausos, cantos y todas con hondos silencios contemplativos. Fuera del aula sinodal, hubo una presencia notable de personas venidas del mundo amazónico que organizaron actos de apoyo en diferentes actividades, procesiones, como la de apertura con cantos y danzas acompañando al Santo Padre, desde la tumba de Pedro al aula sinodal. Impactó el vía crucis de los mártires de la Amazonía, además de una masiva presencia de los medios de comunicación internacional” (Dto. Final Sínodo Nº 1).
Call to prayer
Let us ask Mary, Mother of the Amazon, to watch over and protect all the women and children who live and suffer there and for the consecrated women who work and give their lives daily for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. May their lives and their dignity be respected, and may “the Triune God impel us into the heart of the world to be women of peace, hope, and love” (Directional Statement, 24th General Chapter).
“The Pan-Amazon region covers more than seven and a half million square kilometres, with nine countries that share this great Biome (Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana) and the participation of seven Episcopal Conferences. …
“The population in this vast territory is approximately 34 million inhabitants, of which more than 3 million are indigenous belonging to more than 390 ethnic groups….
“In the Pan-Amazon region, priority must be given to the native peoples who live there. These people, as Pope Francis stated in Puerto Maldonado (19 January 2018), have never been so threatened as they are now. Secondly, attention [was] paid to the theme of the environment, ecology, and care for creation, our Common House. All this [was] presented in the light of the teaching and life of the Church, working in the Region. …
“Although the theme refers to a specific territory, such as the Pan-Amazon region – and this is why we speak about the ‘Pan-Amazon Synod’ – the reflections that concern it go beyond the regional context, because they regard the whole Church and also the future of the planet. These reflections are intended to bridge to other similar geographical realities such as, for example: the Congo basin, the Central American biological corridor, the tropical forests of Asia in the Pacific, and the Guaranì aquifer system.”
«The Gospel text – ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor’ (Lk 4:18) – expresses a conviction that animates the mission of religious life in the Amazon, sent to proclaim the Good News and closely accompany the indigenous peoples, the most vulnerable and the most remote, based on a dialogue and proclamation that enable a profound knowledge of spirituality. Inter-congregational and inter-institutional relationships can help those in religious life to stay in communities where no one wants to be and with whom no one wants to be, learning indigenous languages and respecting their culture in order to reach the heart of the peoples.” (Final Document, # 97).
“The ancestral wisdom of the aboriginal peoples affirms that mother earth has a feminine face. The work of women in both the indigenous and western worlds is multifaceted: they instruct children and transmit faith and the Gospel, they inspire and support human development. The voice of women should therefore be heard, they should be consulted and participate in decision-making and, in this way, contribute with their sensitivity to Church synodality. We value the role of women, recognizing their fundamental role in the formation and continuity of cultures, in spirituality, in communities and families. Their leadership must be more fully assumed in the heart of the Church, recognized and promoted by strengthening their participation in the pastoral councils of parishes and dioceses, and also in positions of governance.
“Seeing the concrete suffering of women who are victims of physical, moral and religious violence, including femicide, the Church commits to defend their rights and recognises them as protagonists and guardians of creation and of our common home.” (Final Document, # 101-102)
Reflect, dialogue and share on these questions:
- How is my heart touched by this reality, these facts and conclusions of the Synod?
- What is our experience as consecrated women in each place and mission today?
- What is our response as School Sisters of Notre Dame to the reality of women and children in the Pan-Amazon area and in the world?
- Become informed about the richness of the Amazon Synod; study and deepen knowledge about the Final Document (Deutsch, English, Español, Português, Italiano)
- Learn more about the reality of the Amazonian peoples, especially the reality of women, girls and boys, and the silent, committed pastoral work of consecrated women.
In this month of March keep in mind and pray especially for indigenous women, migrants, refugees, those who suffer, are mistreated, discriminated against, victims of violence … and for the consecrated women who support, defend and accompany them.
Concluimos bajo el amparo de María, Madre de la Amazonía, venerada con diversas advocaciones en toda la región. Con su intercesión, pedimos que la vida plena que Jesús vino a traer al mundo (cf. Jn 10, 10) llegue a todos, especialmente a los pobres, y contribuya al cuidado de la “casa común”.
Preparado por Hna. Susana Tomatti, H.E.N.S., PALC, para la Oficina Internacional de Shalom, Roma, Italia. El gráfico de arriba es de la Dirección Orientadora, 24° Capítulo General. Diseño: Oficina Congregacional de Comunicaciones.
Imagen: Nuestra Señora del Amazonas. Artista: Lara Denys