Get together of girls in Brignano, Bergamo (Italy), December 5, 2015.
The evening of Saturday, December 5, 2015, the Servant Sisters of Brignano, in the province of Bergamo (Italy), had a get together with girls of 11 to 13 years of age. The theme of the gathering was 'Wake up and empty yourself', to prepare well during this advent for the birth of the child Jesus.
We began the get together with a meeting on this topic, basing it on an image of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem offering Jesus to a girl, who with the eyes wide open and with empty hands, is in a position to take the Child (cf. article of Mission 3 on the web page of the HMJ). With this representation, we were able to talk about two principal attitudes that the image reflects: to be awake to be able to recognize Jesus, and to empty ourselves of our sins and any other obstacles that do not allow us, to be able to receive Him in our arms.
From there, we went to the Chapel to discuss these things with Jesus himself, and present our “birthday gifts” (resolutions or intentions that He is asking of us).
With our souls fed, it was time to feed our stomachs also. We had dinner together, sharing what each had brought.
And after dinner, a fun game was awaiting us to remind us that we have to get to Bethlehem with empty hands, to be able to hold the child Jesus in our arms. Overcoming various tests, our two teams finally won an airplane trip from Brignano to Bethlehem, making stops in the confessional, to leave there our sins: Absolved and all!
We hope that all of our participants remember to go through the confessional to receive a real spiritual shower, and thus celebrate Christmas as clean as possible.