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We honored grandparents in a special way in our liturgy today.
Today, 26th of July the work the Lay on "Shared Mission" was concluded in the morning and with so much gratitude we bid farewell to them. It has been a wonderful opportunity to work together and to hear their opinions.
In the afternoon we continued the topic on Economy with Lucio Lamberti, a Professor who dealt on "Financial Economy" and on "Congregations and Government Economy". He painted a rather bleak picture of the world's economy and the degree of endebtedness of most countries.
It was followed by Fr. Manolo Tamargo, cmf, General Prefect of Economy, which will be continued tomorrow, July 27. He lead us to our Directory and Constitutions to reflect on charismatic
The day concluded with the Eucharist presided by Fr. Manolo where the usual contemplative review of the day on "Me quedo con..." (What is my take-away?) was incorporated together with the vespers.
The dyanmics and talks of this day were guided by Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus or Jesuits. The first text that he proposed for our prayer was Mt. 28, 16-20. God calls us to share in His mission to reconcile the world to Him. Jesus' mission or "yoke" is easy and his burden light, because he is carrying it with us inviting us to do it with a gentle and humble heart (Mt. 11: 29-30).
At the closing of the day, we presented a yoke during the offertory...in continuation with our morning reflection.
Fr. Sosa, made two presentations on our shared mission in collaboration with lay people. In light of 2Co 5, this mission may be understood as a mission of reconciliation.
Since many of the lay people will leave tomorrow, we took a group picture.
We began the day with a time of prayer on the Call to Discipleship with the text from Is 49. The recognition of the marvel of the call runs into a sense of disappointment (v. 4), tiredness, but in spite of it, the Lord renews the call and reminds us of His faithfulness (v.7) and offers us new hope.
During the sessions today, the lay people presented their experience of collaboration with us and how the Claretian charism -including the heritage of Maria Antonia Paris and St. Anthony Mary Claret- has influenced their lives and work. The first group to present was Gadys and Mirtha who spoke about our Schools in the Latin American Province.
Then Carlos talked about schools in the European Province. Jose Manuel of the General Council of Economy, shared about his work with the congregation, and to close Ricardo, from the Lay Claretian Family in Santiago de Cuba presented how it was born and how it operates, most importantly, how it has helped them grow as persons and Christians. Amparo presented on the work and operation of Korima, the Claretian ONG.
Sister Ascencion shared the feedback received about the questionnaire on whether we should structure some type of association for lay people, In small groups we discussed the different options and proposed ideas on the topic.
- This day we made a stop to listen to God and warm up our hearts...because, as Fr. Gonzalo Fernandez, cmf explained, it would very dangerous to speak at the Chapter without having first listened. The first presentation explored "The Calls of the Church Today" in the documents of Pope Francis and those of the Congregation for Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. In the afternoon he presented the challenges religious life faces today as reflected in the new document "For New Wine, New Wineskins."
- After lunch we had the opportunity to visit the museum and house of the saints John and Paul, which is next to the retreat house. They lived and were martyred in this house, which is below the existing basilica. Reflecting the lives of these heroic Christians helped us examine our lives and our call to be witnesses (martyr means witness) of Jesus in today´s world. We professed our faith at the site of their martyrdom.
We closed our day with a prolongued time before the Blessed Sacrament.
¡Mary of Magdala, the woman who experienced the power of evil in herself (as the gospels say); but also the power of a love that transforms...disciple of Jesus, first one to see the empty tomb and the first one to learn that Jesus had risen. She went from a night of anguish and suffering to the light and joy of knowing that Jesus was alive. The Holy Father has mandated that her liturgical celebration be given the same category as that of an apostle to highlight her special mission, her example as a woman of the Church, and this is particularly significant for us as women.
Tell us Mary of Magdala about your searches...tells us what have you experienced on the road, what have you seen?
What has moved you to challenge the darkness of night?
Tell us about your faith, love, and hope? Don't you think that as humanity we are crossing a dark night?
Who has taken the Lord? We often ask, because we find the tomb empty, and instead of a new morning, we encounter the darkness of death.
Transmit us your faith, your experience of the risen Christ, of LIFE!!! Come and teach us to sing a new song...The Lord has risen and waits for us in Galilee!!!