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International Marist Apostolic Spirituality Commission

06/03/2005: General House

The International Commission of Marist Apostolic Spirituality has concluded its second meeting at the General House. This Commission has been given responsibility for the preparation of a text which will assist Lay Marists and Brothers in deepening their living of our spirituality. The members of the Commission are: Miss Agnes Reyes (Philippines), Miss Bernice Reintjens (Netherlands), Sr Vivienne Goldstein (Marist Sisters General Council), and Brothers Maurice Goutagny (France), Benito Arbués (Spain), Bernard Beaudin (Canada), Vanderlei Soela (Brazil), Miguel Ángel Santos (Mexico), Spiridion Ndanga (Rwanda), Lawrence Ndawala (Malawi), Nicholas Fernando (Sri Lanka), Graham Neist (Australia), Luis Sobrado and Peter Rodney (General Council).
The meeting began with days set aside for reading and studying the material gathered during the consultation phase of the Commission’s work. Hundreds of Brothers and Lay Marists participated in processes of reflection on Marist Apostolic Spirituality. In addition, Brothers who are experts in Mariology and in the charism of the Founder were consulted. The Commission was very appreciative of the insights provided by so many Marists.
In the light of the material submitted, the Commission refined the draft structure of the document. The specific content of each chapter of the document was made more precise. As well, there was further reflection of the genre, writing style and audience of the document. Attention was also devoted to processes by which the document can best be communicated, and utilized in formative ways. By the time the Commission gathers for its third meeting, a first draft of a text will be ready for study.
The concluding liturgy of the meeting took place in the chapel of the General Council. In his reflection during this liturgy, Brother Seán noted that this would be the last liturgy in the chapel prior to its renovation. He saw this fact as symbolic of the role of the Commission: to be a bridge between the past and the future; between our spirituality which began with Marcellin and the first Brothers, and its expression into the 21st Century.

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