TODAY WE BEGIN ONE MONTH OF SPIRITUAL PREPARATION FOR THE WORLD GRATITUDE DAY 2015 (March 26 – April 26), WHICH WILL BE CELEBRATED THIS YEAR AT COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA, ON 25-26, APRIL. “Grow and flourish with the young where God wants us” is the theme.
The LOGO is represented by the national flower of Bolivia, the Kantuta, a flower that is already sacred for the Incas. It blossoms in the winter, even in arid regions, overcoming adversity. It is the flower of reconciliation and of hope. Its twisted branches are like many cordial embraces.
The colours of the Kantuta, besides giving rise to the colours of the Bolivian flag, are the sign of love and fraternity and have a special significance:
• Red says handing over, entrustment, and courageous generosity
• Yellow expresses the joy of being with the poor and needy
• Green is the sign of hope that invites to reconciliation.
In the LOGO are seen two open hands that express the international and intercultural character of the Institute, with the attitude of going out to the periphery in the spirit of the words of Mary to Don Bosco, Take care of them. They are my children! The image of the Virgin recalls her presence in the life of the Institute and in that of the Bolivian people.
The Biblical text chosen, “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish” (Psalm 92: 14), proclaims the meaning of our presence in the house of the Lord.
Special prayers for our beloved Mother Yvonne Reungoat. With great Joy, Love and Wishes we look forward to this great celebration. We say thanks to La Madre for the many sacrifices she and the General Council of the Institute make on our behalf. With the Educating Community members, the young and the Sisters we greet her with great affection and Joy. Thanking her for everything, especially for guiding us through her deep insights and thoughts inviting us to the highest goals of Salesian Sanctity.