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«Brother Basilio» Project in the Postulancy of «Brasil Centro-Norte»

15/02/2010: Brazil

The «Project Basilio» has come to light in order to give impetus to the Portuguese language classes in the Postulancy of the Province of «Brasil Centro-Norte». The teacher and the students have become completely involved in the initiative, interested in learning about the life of Br. Basilio Rueda through the reading and study of his biography.

With Br. Basilio as the subject, the postulants have been inspired to exert themselves in writing, but also to find other forms of expression capable of helping them communicate what they feel and learn as they move deeper into the reading of his life, and indeed of some of his circulars.

Working in pairs, they have been asked to draw up works of synthesis, in order to transmit to others the best they have found in the life of Basilio. In this way, three initiatives have surfaced: a written biography « à la cordel », a type of popular literature, very common in the north-east of Brasil (the books on sale are hung on cords- Port. « cordel »); an anthology of his thoughts, especially adapted for prayer ; a CD with songs inspired by his life and his writings, some being already prepared in view of prayer.

To present the different productions, an exhibition was organised during the Provincial Assembly in Mendès last December. The basis of the display was enriched with other works: photographs, drawings, collages and paintings of Br. Basilio.

With this initiative, the Postulancy community wanted to throw new light on Br. Basilio and, in this way, join the General Postulation in the promotion of his cause of canonisation, underway since 2002. The work, which is very simple, has already made the rounds of all the communities of the Province. The organizers hope that, in one way or another, it may build bridges between peoples’ hearts and the heart of Br. Basilio.

Br. Basilio lives among us. For the Marist Family, he is a ray of light on the journey to God. Because of our faith in the Communio Sanctorum, we can always count on his precious intercession!

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