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At Escorial - “Horizons” of Light and Hope

16/05/2008: Spain - Photo gallery

On Thursday, April 17, at the Marist Spirituality Centre Escorial, we started the Horizons Program, a new formation concept for Brother between 32 and 40 years of age.

Brothers Javier Espinosa, Afonso Levis, Florentino A. Nuñez (Floro), Eleuterio S. Díaz (Lute) and Alfredo V. Sáinz welcomed us as we arrived from different parts of the world and different cultures. Some had a bit of difficulty with their arrival times into Spain, but all were ready to commit themselves fully to the new program.

Seventeen Brothers are taking part: Miguel Ángel A.Gutiérrez, José Ignacio P. Celis and Miguel T. Atiénzar (from the area around Valencia where paella is a regular item on the menu) from Mediterránea Province; Lisardo G. Miranda (history buff) from Compostela Province; Guillermo Eliseo C. Frenzel and Nicéforo G. González (nickname «Nice») from América Central; Sergio G. Blackaller (alias «Czech») and Luis Roberto G. González, from México Occidental; Gerardo T. Estrada (a.k.a. «Horse») (expert in Maya culture and other first-nation cultures) from México Central; Rafael M. Montoya and Gustavo D. Suárez from Norandina ; Reni Voss and Cezar Cavanus from Brasil Centro-Sul ; Iranilson C. de Lima from Brasil Centro-Norte; Romidio Siveris and Gilberto Zimmerman Costa from Río Grande do Sul ; César García B. from Cruz del Sur (Argentina).

We spent two weeks working on the personal story of our lives as Sacred History. We have tried to grow in self-knowledge and to accept ourselves as we presently are. The catch phrase which explains the first days of the program: “God loves us as we are, but He wishes us to be different.”

May Jesus, who is Lord of our Lives, may Mary our Good Mother and our Founder Marcellin, continue to be close to us, enabling us to participate in the program with complete openness and hopefulness; surely it will cast light upon our way of the Brother.

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