Every man who is engaged to a woman looks\nforward to the day of his wedding. During the period of engagement, he looks at\nhis lover with the eyes of truth. His heart and mind are all given to his lover\nbecause he wants to know both her likes and dislikes. He tries as much as\npossible to ask the people with marriage experience to help him to understand\nwhat marriage is all about. He submits himself to his lover: he is with her\nforever, not only on some occasional moments. When the day of his wedding\ncomes, this man is the happiest person on earth: he is in his best element. He\nlooks forward to seeing how he is going to grow old with his lover not how he\nwill leave her at some point in time. During the wedding, this man makes vows\nto his lover with all his heart. This was our experience of the novitiate\njourney. It was a year-long process for us to know and love ‘Eternal Wisdom’.\nIt was a period of engagement during which many people, with deep marriage\nexperience with Eternal Wisdom, helped us to understand our lover, his likes\nand dislikes. The consecration we made on 31st July 2016, marks our commitment\nto Eternal Wisdom as our lover. It was a great moment for us because,\nthroughout the novitiate process, we had been preparing ourselves for this day\nof commitment. It was a day when we saw our lover coming to us in all his\nhumility. He was there so that we could get wedded to Wisdom, as it really\nhappened. Now, more than ever we belong to the family of Eternal Wisdom. To\nshow our faithfulness to our lover we renewed our baptismal promises and we\nvowed to live by his word, the word written of the Bible. We gave ourselves to\nhim not as mere subjects but as slaves of love who serve their master out of\ntheir own free will. We are the slaves of the Virgin Mary who has helped us to\ngrow more intimate with her son Jesus Christ. Indeed, we have seen him and have\nvowed that we will love and serve him as our beloved Master. The commitment we\nhave made does not result as a burden but as a call for us to love Jesus more\nthan the way we have loved him before. Now we are no longer merely acquainted\nto him but his real friends and lovers. We respect and obey him for he is our\nhead and we his body. We are like a married woman who is obliged to love and be\nfaithful to her husband alone. Now it is our responsibility to love and obey\nhim in everything. Our Consecration is a wedding ring which we will wear on our\nfingers for the rest of our lives. The consecration helped us to see the love\nof God in the Company of Mary, in which we made our first religious profession,\non 1stAugust 2016. This day too will remain in us forever. With the vows we\nmade to our lover, Eternal Wisdom, we have taken him as our “everything”. This\nwas the day we left all childish things aside and embarked on a journey toward\nfull maturity and faithfulness. It was a moment that made our hearts leap with joy.\nIt made us cry within ourselves out of joy and gratitude to God for choosing us\nto be his servants. In the presence of the Montfortian family and the Christian\ncommunity, we took our first vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. We thank\nall those who helped us to make such a courageous decision. Without them we\nwouldn’t have been able to know and understand the momentous significance of\nwhat we have done. This day marked the beginning of our new ministry as\nMontfortians. We are called to love Christ through the Blessed Virgin Mary, his\nas well as our faithful Mother. On this occasion we vowed to obey him through\nthe superiors who guide us in his place. We promised to be Liberos: always\nready to obey when those in authority ask us to work for Christ and the Church.\nWe never regret taking this vow because it will help us to deeply love and\ngenerously serve Christ and our neighbour. We vowed to be chaste for his glory\nalone. With conviction we gave ourselves to him not as men running away from\nthe world but as men running towards the world with the eyes of God. Our\nchastity is not a burdensome obligation but a decision made out of love and\ncoming from the depth of our heart. We believe that we cannot be chaste if we\ndo not sincerely love Christ and others. With full conviction we took the vow\nof poverty. Our religious poverty does not make us idle but generates in us the\nvery dynamic life of Christ and his apostles: always at work in order to serve\nand provide for others. With our founder today we say: “We are Liberos, men\nalways on the move, without mother, father, brother or sister as the world\nunderstands them”. Our Consecration and Profession have made us real crusaders\nof Christ. We are the friends of Eternal Wisdom forever. As Montfort\nsays,“Wisdom is the cross and the cross is Wisdom”. We have been called to\ncarry our cross and follow him, who called us from the beginning. To be a\nfriend of Christ is to be a friend of the cross. Religious life is not a venue\nof luxuries but willingness to suffer for the sake of God: the kingdom of God\nis for those who are strong. With the Blessed Virgin Mary we say: “Our souls\nglorify the Lord for He has looked with favour on His lowly servants; Holy is\nHis name”. Indeed, as servants of the Lord, we let His will to be done in us.\nWith Saint Paul we say, “We have competed well and we have finished the race.\nNow we no longer live but Christ lives in us”.
- Bro Athanasius Maliko Chivunga,\nsmm Bro Laurent James Juma, smm