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Motto of the 21st General Chapter

15/05/2008: General House

The preparatory Commission of the 21 st General Chapter, in its third meeting held in Rome, has specified a group of achievements which will help to energize the stage preceding the celebration of the Chapter. While waiting for the publication of the letter of convocation to the Chapter, in which Brother Seán Sammon, Superior General, will specify the time and place of the event, the Commission has already undertaken some initiatives. It is preparing a calendar or pilgrims guide for Brothers and lay people, which will serve to encourage daily reflection and prayer in the course of one year. It will be published in Brazil from where it will be distributed to all Marists.

Likewise, the text of the Consultation has been prepared and will be sent by the Commission to the whole Institute. It is dedicated to communities, organisations, lay people and young Marists. It consists of a presentation, an introduction signed by the Commission which explains the meaning and range of this consultation, a didactic guide which explains how to use the document, twelve topics for reflection and a discernment guide for communities, works, lay people and young Marists. This document is being printed in Rome and could be ready by the end of the month of May 2008.

Some audiovisual resources are also being put together to supplement the reflection methodology of the Consultation and a preparatory prayer for the Chapter. When they are ready, all of these materials will be sent to the Provinces.

The Commission has prepared a slogan and a logo through which are suggested the main ideas that they wanted to propose to the Brothers and lay people. The form of the logo is fashioned starting from the lines that define the figure of a heart crossed by a blue curved line that contrasts with the red lines. Its symbolism alludes to the idea proposed by the motto: New hearts for a new world. With this expression it was intended to associate the world and the heart integrated in one self-same composition. The logo and the motto evoke, through their harmonious integration, the dynamics of the 21st General Chapter.

The semiology of the logo is interpreted starting from the figure of a heart that contains in its interior several more hearts which also imply the form of an M (María, Marcellin Marist, mission, world...) and a rising sun. The green colour, besides being associated with the terrestrial globe, alludes to the bicentennial of the foundation of the Marist Institute, (2017) glimpsed in the horizon of history. The blue line, the colour closely bound to the Institute, alludes to the Marist presence in the world at the same time as the new horizons proposed for the life of the Institute.

As soon as we finish the definitive text of the explanations that accompany the graph and some technical questions concerning their production are solved we will share with everyone, through the web page, the logo in formats that are easy to use.
The Commission has planned its next meeting for 21 – 26 July 2008.

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