REJOICE! . . . W - Daughters Of Wisdom

“Evangelical radicalness is not only for religious; it is demanded of all. But Religious follow the Lord in a
special way, in a prophetic way. It is this witness that I expect of you. Religious should be men and
women that wake the world up.”
In their infinite humanity, on the margins, in their everyday struggles, consecrated men and women live
out their fidelity, giving a reason for the joy that lives in them. So they become splendid witnesses,
effective proclaimers, companions and neighbors for the women and men with whom they share a
common history . . . “in Christ.
An authoritative invitation is offered to us with gentle trust, an invitation to do away with institutional
arguments and personal justifications. It is a provocative word that questions our sometimes apathetic
or sleepy way of life, as we often live on the margins of the challenge: If you had faith as big as a
mustard seed (Luke 17:5). It is an invitation that encourages us to impel our spirit to acknowledge the
Word living among us, the Spirit who creates and continues to renew the Church.”
In Scripture . . . “there are many invitations to joy. The joy of nearness of God is proclaimed, in the
delight in what God has created and made. Hundreds of times in the Psalms there are indications that
joy is the fruit of the presence of God. . . . Isaiah pulses with frequent calls to joy, pointing to the future.
(cf. Is 9:2; Is 35:1; Is 3; 49:13; Is 35:9f.) Joy is the messianic gift par excellence, as Jesus himself
promised . . . that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete (Jn. 15:11; 16:24; 17:13).”
Joao Cardinal Braz de Aviz