Women Religious Superiors to Focus on Mysticism

ROME, MAY 6, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Nearly 1,000 women religious from 75 countries are gathering in Rome for the five-day plenary assembly of the International Union of Superiors General, which begins Friday.

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The theme of the meeting is “I know the fountain well which flows and runs, though it is night,” inspired in a poem by St. John of the Cross.
 
L’Osservatore Romano reported the presentation of the assembly theme given by the president, Sister Maureen Cusick, superior-general of the Congregation of Notre Dame de Sion. She pointed out that “these are dark times. We hear it said that darkness is covering the earth. Earthquakes destroy thousands of lives and homes, volcanic ash darkens the skies, oil contaminates the seas.”
 
“We must address the symbols of the negative,” the nun said.

Sister Cusick affirmed that women religious do not want to fail in their prophetic role in history, to “proclaim a vision of the world based on the Gospel, in a message of mercy and compassion.”

“We take seriously our prophetic role in the Church as consecrated women,” she assured, “to take the Word of God to those who are on the margins of society and also on the margins of the Church.”

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