"Aguchita Vive" Peru, September 27, 2018
HOLINESS IN THE LIFETIME OF A SINGLE WOMAN
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” Mt 5,3
From the process of Beatification of Sr. Ma. Agustina we share this reflection.
ENVIRONMENT: candle, flowers, fruits, sign "LIVE FULL DAYS", they symbolize a full life, committed to people in poverty.
HOLINESS IN A WORLD OF DETERIORATING OF VALUES
We are living the call to holiness, now that the world is experiencing the deterioration of values, Justice, Peace, Freedom, Truth, loss of the meaning of life, the dignity of the person, the inadequate use of nature, rupture of relationships between brothers, sisters because of selfishness, ambition, abuse of power. As a consequence, we experience social conflicts, forced migration, violence, exploitation, human trafficking...
The voice of the Shepherd urges us to walk towards holiness in his footsteps, from the simplicity of our life.
THE LIFE OF MARÍA AGUSTINA. A LIVING PROPHETISM
Aguchita is a testimony of that holiness of the people who live day by day from simplicity, openness to the "Grace of God that passes" (St. Mary Euphrasia), evidence the prophecy of her life, with her testimony marked by a profound inner life, "because those who rely on God can also be faithful in front of their brothers and sisters, do not abandon them in bad times, do not get carried away by their anxiety and stay close to others even when that does not give them immediate satisfaction." (GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE 112).
This holiness is manifested in the endurance, patience and meekness, joy and sense of humor, audacity and fervor, (112-139) in every moment of her life. Mary, that young girl of Nazareth, hearing the voice of God, sings with great force "My spirit rejoices in God, my savior" responds impelled by the strength of the Holy Spirit who will be in her in everything she had to face, joy, pain, injustice, impotence in fidelity
to her Yes. Aguchita lived, like Mary of Nazareth, the joy of following Jesus the Shepherd.
From this stamp of sanctity, she encourages us and commits us to follow in the footsteps of the one who gave his life for us.
Our baptism puts us on the path to holiness and only by looking at Jesus does transformation become possible, according to John Eudes, when he speaks of forming Jesus in our hearts.
COMMITMENT: WE GO TO BEAR FRUIT
WE ARE INSPIRED BY THE MESSAGE FROM THE CLAR (LATIN AMERICAN CONFEDERATION OF RELIGIOUS), AT THE CLOSURE OF THE XII GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF 2011, WHICH WE RECEIVED FROM AGUCHITA:
✓ We are called, like AGUCHITA, to cultivate the gift of insistence, the gift of persistence, in the animation of our life and mission.
✓ Let us be signs of the God of Life, taking God wherever we go, in a very particular way where the witness of the religious life becomes more urgent.
✓ Let us be grateful / grateful to the God of Life - the only absolute in our existence - for calling us in this historical moment and for filling us with so many blessings ...
✓ Let us be sent to be multipliers / of the good, beauty and truth, with which the Creator
God has enveloped us and continues to envelop us.
✓ Let's go and produce fruits of unity. Let us build relationships that value each human being that approaches us, but in a special way the Brothers and Sisters who live in our communities. Where love is the foundation, we can recognize and welcome Jesus Christ who comes to us under the rags of those in poverty, wearing the clothing that without the opening to the Spirit we will not be able to hear or perceive.
Let us proclaim this psalm that speaks of a life given to the Shepherd.
Aguchita, we remember you
You are the faithful disciple who lived following the Shepherd,
You are the Shepherdess who made the impossible possible in daily life.
Like the lilies and birds of the field, you trusted in the Father’s providence, and your certainty was so great
that you shared hands that were full what you received.
Your life was permeated where you spent sowing love, service, welcome and joy.
How we remember you! When contemplating ...
the rose bush, the olive tree, the lemongrass and the bougainvillea that your laborious hands sowed.
The medlars, avocados and quinces, They are silent witnesses of your fertility because they learned from you to give joyfully their best and tastiest fruits.
Still, we speak of you with affection and gratitude: the simple women of La Huerta, (place of mission) Ansieta and Mendocita as well as the priests,
who were the cause of your fatigues and prayers. What a wonderful gift the Good Lord gave you! ...
Well, your always open heart welcomed the poor and the rich, and with your serene smile you showed
the tenderness of the Shepherd.
The secret of your strength was found in
"... communion with the Word and the Eucharist ..." that took you to "... live full days ..."
you instilled wisdom and prudence
to soften and transform the hearts of young women, whom you loved with a predilection
Love led you to live in fullness your donation to the Holy Work, without fear of wearing you out, that's why you wanted to be "Like the candle that illuminates and is consumed".
this testimony of your life and martyrdom
it summons us, it engages and it animates us to continue making a more human world where mercy, justice and peace blossom.
Thank you for continuing to live among us!
CONTEMPLATION MOMENT (silent time to internalize the call to holiness)
WE EXPRESS OUR PRAYER:
Lord, we need your Spirit and your light that accompanies the mission that you have entrusted to us, in our services with girls, women and families, to deliver the tenderness that we receive from you.
We need you to push us to care for Mother Earth, the treasures that she keeps in her womb, respect the ecology, recognizing that your creation is sacred and that all people are responsible, knowing that we need it even if it does not need us.
Justice is a priority to make our consecration prophetic, only in this way we can recreate the relationships between sisters and brothers, it is only that we practice justice, that we love with tenderness and that we walk humbly with our God.
Good Shepherd look upon us so that we might respond to the new calls that the reality of today demands, new responses to urgent situations, migration, trafficking in persons, refugees, feminicide.
UNITED IN THE PATH OF HOLINESS WITH AGUCHITA, WE GIVE THANKS!
Lord Jesus Good Shepherd, you consecrated your daughter MARIA AGUSTINA RIVAS LÓPEZ - "AGUCHITA" with the gift of shepherding and you sent her to "give her life for her flock."
We thank you because she knew how to give permanent witness of merciful love, peace and the defense of life. She knew how to make her daily life a song to the love of God and Mother Earth.
We thank you for what you continue to produce today in our journey as disciples.
We ask that her memory energize the Spirit of our people that sustains us when we risk for the mission.
Mary, Our Lady of Charity, give us peace!
"Aguchita Vive" Peru, September 27, 2018