Dayenu (Hebrew:דַּיֵּנוּ) is a song that is part of the Jewish holiday of Passover. The word “Dayenu” means approximately, “it would have been enough for us”, “it would have been sufficient”, or “it would have sufficed” (day in Hebrew is “enough”, and -enu the first person plural suffix, “to us”). This traditional up-beat Passover song is over one thousand years old. The song is about being grateful to God for all of the gifts he gave the Jewish people, such as taking them out of slavery, giving them the Torah and Shabbat, and had God only given one of the gifts, it would have still been enough. This is to show much greater appreciation for all of them as a whole. The song appears in the haggadah after the telling of the story of the exodus and just before the explanation of Passover, matzah and the maror. This song is sung by those who are in the Neocatechumenal Way.
“Dayenu, dayenu…it would be enough, it would be enough.” As we walk on our way in Haiti we are meeting many people who are walking the Neocatechumenal Way. It is a joy for us to meet them and to share with them. What we are hearing from the Synod the “Essentiality of the Kerygma in Preaching the Gospel” must be a clear sign of confirmation from the Church for the neocatechumenal communities that the Lord is leading us in the right direction. At our last meeting at the Papal Nuncio we met Sister Julissa from the Dominican Republic who is on the Way. We hope to share with Neocatechumenal communities in the future here in Haiti our enthusiasm and experiences of proclaiming the Gospel.