The first missionary religious congregation for women in the history of the Church and the world is the Institute of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary founded in 1877 by BL. Mary of the Passion, now in the 139th year of its course.

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Easter Homily Pope Francis

 POPE FRANCIS -: EASTER HOMILY 

 

 "There could be many who appreciate you, admire you and love you. I would like you to remember that to be happy, is not to have a sky without storms, road without accidents, to work without fatigue, have relationships without disappointments. To be happy, is to find strength in forgiveness, hope in battles, and security in the box of fear, love in disagreements. Being happy is not only valuing the smile, but also reflecting on sadness. It is not just to commemorate success, but to learn lessons in failures. It is not just to have joy with applause, but to have joy in anonymity. To be happy is to recognize that life is worth living, despite all the challenges, misunderstandings, and periods of crisis. Being happy is not a fatality of destiny, but a conquest for those who know how to travel within their own being. To be happy is to stop being a victim of problems and become an actor in one's own history. It is not just to cross deserts out of itself, but to be able to find an oasis in the recesses of our soul. It is to thank God every morning for the miracle of life. Being happy is not being afraid of your own feelings. It  is knowing how to talk about yourself. It is the courage to hear a "no" .It is safe to receive criticism, even if it is unfair. It is to kiss children, to pamper parents, to have poetic moments with friends, even if they hurt us. To be happy, is to let the free, happy and simple creature live within each one of us. It is, to have the maturity to say "I was wrong". It is, to have the audacity to say "forgive me" .It is, to have the sensitivity to express "I need you". It is, to be able to say "I love you". May your life become a garden of opportunity to be happy...May you be joyous in your spring. In your winter you ought to befriend wisdom .And when you get stuck in the way, start all over again. Then you will be more passionate about life. And you will discover that to be happy is not to have a perfect life. But use your tears to water the tolerance in you. Use the losses to refine the patience in you. Use flaws to sculpt serenity in you. Use pain, to find pleasure in the smallest of triumphs. Use obstacles, to open the windows of intelligence. Never give up, on doing good...Never give up, on the people you love...Never give up being happy, because life is a must-see ! " *Pope Francisco*