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God’s place on the school terrain - Mindelheim

23/06/2005: Germany

A prayer-room for young people, blessed on the 2nd June 2005, has been built in a part of the boarding school’s garden in Mindelheim.
The Director of the boarding school, Brother Gerhard Ippisch, welcomed many students, teachers, members of the youth fire brigade, helpers and donors to the solemn Mass.
Dr Hermann Haisch, Sub-Prefect, and Dr Stephan Winter, Mayor, congratulated those who had initiated this project and especially the young people for their idea of a place of silence that is surrounded by the greenery of the garden and enriched by a biotope.
The young people wanted a space for prayer that responded to their wishes and thus it was conceived partly by them. The name that was chosen shows a lot of their imagination. The upper case M can mean: Meditation, Marcellin, Mary and Marists.
The basin of water with floating lights, built just in front of the Cross, is a very rich symbol. “The living water” (Jn 7: 37 – 38), which flows from the place of prayer, is a symbol of life and fertility, coming from God. The floating lights are signs of the presence of the people who are praying, even after they depart, and this helps one to find oneself and our God.
After the Mass and blessing of the building, everyone enjoyed a reception with supper in the boarding school’s dining room.

Here are the words of greeting from the auxiliary Bishop of Augsbourg: “The recent building of a prayer-room for the Marist College at Mindelheim is an obvious sign for our society for the future. Formation in our society of knowledge must never be reduced to the transmission of cultural techniques. The aim of a true pedagogy must integrate the following vital challenge into the educational pathway of young people: a response to the question of the meaning of life! It is particularly in our time with its secular tendances affecting our society, that this prayer-room, God’s place on a great school’s terrain, helps us to not lose the view of our origin and the aim of our life which is God himself.”

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