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It’s nice to bring to mind what springs from the heart ... In these days when we will celebrate our beloved Founder, I bring to my memory a text that marked my missionary vocation, perhaps as a renewing strength or as a guiding horizon of my walking.
Remembering his autobiography: "What has moved me more and more always is to contemplate Jesus Christ how he goes from one town to another, preaching everywhere; not only in the big towns, but also in the villages ..” (Aut.221) Those words that flow from the encounter with the God of Life, with the God who is for all, especially for the little ones, the ones who are most dear to Him, those who are on the edge of the road ... This is the contemplation that Claret makes when he sees Jesus who comes and goes preaching but not to a few but to everyone "in the towns and villages". And it is the same Jesus who invites us to "go out" to announce "the Holy Law" ...
I wonder whether I am in an “going forth” attitude? Am I the one of a light baggage or carrying so many things that prevent me from moving and therefore from announcing?
This celebration of our Founder is for me a new invitation to renew my missionary vocation, that one born from the encounter with Jesus, in the silence of prayer, who sends you, moves, and makes you leave and give to the fulness in the evangelizing mission. Walking in community, with a renewed missionary zeal and together with the little ones, is how the kingdom of the God becomes present: at our hands, at my hands and at the hands of everyone who makes it real in the here and now of the history!!! Mabel rmi
HAPPY DAY OF OUR FATHER FOUNDER!
WITH CLARET AND PARIS WE ARE SENT IN MISSION
We prepare ourselves to celebrate the Feast of our Father Claret, in a particular ecclesial context: the world missionary day and the Synod on the Youth.
Claret, the apostle, missionary and prophet, the dreamer who made his life a fire of charity renews in all our charismatic family the desire and the missionary commitment. May his passion for God Father shall be known, loved, served and praised by all people motivate us to go out to meet the Young, welcoming, accompanying them, discerning, and growing together in announcing the Gospel in any place of in the world.
The DIOCESAN COMMISSION OF CATECHESIS has organized a meeting of Coordinators in which the material was presented to analyze the reality of the parochial catechesis; the groups were informed and shared about the programming of the various activities of the year.
Given the geographical distances, the difficulties of transportation and to facilitate participation, we carried out the same TRAINING WORKSHOP OF CATECHISTS, in different areas of the Archdiocese on the different topics - The catechist, disciple, friend of Jesus and missionary,
- Preparation of the Session of catechesis
- Use of crafts and games in Catechesis
- Teaching of prayer
The methodology was very active and participative interweaving talks, group work, dynamics for different ages, songs, prayer and manual activities and games.
The Workshop was developed in four places: in Palma Soriano, Songo, El Cobre, Santiago and its rural areas; it have participated in total about 300 catechists.
With the help of many people for transportation, the preparation of the spaces, setting, meals, technical elements ... there was a spirit of joy for the encounter, the collaboration and the sharing in; joy and commitment at work.
Close to the celebration of Claret, the eminent figure in Cuba and patron of catechesis in the Island, we are preparing the CELEBRATION OF THE DAY OF THE CATECHIST. We will also do it in several places: Palma Soriano, Santa Teresita (Santiago) together with the sending of the Missionaries and of the Catechists.
It is exciting to see so many people engaged in the evangelizing mission carried forward with so much dynamism and sacrifices due to the deficiencies, limitations and difficulties of all kinds ... I feel that God looks with great tenderness at the efforts and the constant search for ways to announce His Word especially in the rural areas, where the mission is particularly complicated.
María Soledad Galerón (Santiago de Cuba)
In Sasaima, Department of Cundinamarca, Colombia, from the 8th to the 12th of October, the Second Claretian Family Meeting of the MICLA on Solidarity and Mission took place. We gathered 53 participants from Canada to Patagonia.
We gathered 53 participants from Canada to Patagonia. Our main objective was to share the different projects that have been carried out from the perspective of JPIC in the different provinces: Canada-United States, the Antilles, Central America, Venezuela-Colombia, Colombia-Ecuador and San Jose del Sur with Chile, Peru and Brazil.
The most significant thing was to note that awareness-raising channels and concrete projects have been opened that respond to the crisis that our continent is experiencing with respect to the destruction of our Mother Earth. Special emphasis is mining extractivism, on the one hand illegal and ruthless and, on the other hand, with the complicity of national governments and their policies related to the exploitation of oil, gold and silver.
From the JPIC Spirituality centered on the Gospel, we had moments of prayer from the different cultures present in the encounter, recognizing our Mother Earth. We are committed to the defense of our Mother Earth and to continue promoting projects to make possible a healthy and respectful coexistence with our renewable resources. (Dulce María Carvajal rmi)
Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 5:00 p.m., in the Paul VI Hall of the Vatican, in the framework of the Synod, Pope Francis and the Synod Fathers have once again met with the young people .... An encounter that had as a guiding thread the testimonials of life, accompanied by musical moments and artistic representations, in three themes: the search for identity, relationships and life as service and gift.
At the end of the meeting the young people gave the Pope some questions to which, according to Francisco, the Synod Fathers will respond.
There was missing not an incisive message from the Holy Father for young people and for the whole Church ...
Some of its expressions have been:
"Be young on the walk, that look at the horizon and not at the mirror .... ; look for the good, for the truth and for the beauty ... to find yourselves ... "
Returning to the testimony of a young man who spoke of discrimination and politics who very often abuse of power ... the Pope reminded that "power must be at service ... it must help people grow, it must be at the service of each singular person.
The meeting was concluded with a imperatives word of strong resonance:
Remember, you young people you do not have a price, you are not to be sold at auction ... do not let yourself be bought, seduced, enslaved, colonized by ideologies that make you slaves, depending, failed in life ... Fall in love with your freedom ... which is the one Jesus offers to you!