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The Liceo Coatepeque dresses up for a party

12/06/2012: Guatemala

Coatepeque dressed up to welcome the Brothers who came from all over Guatemala to celebrate together the meeting, reflection, prayer and, in this case, 50 years of Marist educational presence in Liceo Coatepeque.

Heavy rain cleared the atmosphere and made the visitors feel more comfortable. The rich, almost tropical vegetation welcomed us with its varied shades of green and invited us to be filled with life so we can continue to give wherever we are.

On Saturday the 12 May the house filled up with Brothers arriving from the seven communities we have in Guatemala. On Sunday the 13th, under the maternal gaze of Our Lady of Fatima, we began our intercommunity encounter. Each community animator placed two red flowers at the feet of our Good Mother, representing each member of the community and our apostolic work, so she would welcome us and carry everything to her Son Jesus.

The Bro. Daniel Martín, helped us understand the new Vocation Ministry and its new directions along which we all commit ourselves to continue to offer this MARIST GIFT to whomever might want to respond to the Lord. “A vocation is a mysterious experience in which a human being, in conversation with God, becomes conscious of a mission historically situated and commits himself with a concrete response”.

Each community was discovering what it is that most challenges them, in order to respond in a meaningful and significant way in this postmodern culture. The rich sharing and placing in common, without a doubt, motivated us to continue working for this new and expanded vocation ministry, based on community and experience.

During the break, the young people from the 4th and 5th grades of Liceo Coatepeque, showing an extravagance of skill, delighted us with some dances.

The Eucharist was another occasion to thank the God of Life for all the life that has been spread throughout this city from the Liceo over its 50 years of existence.

The new face of Liceo Coatepeque, the new buildings and the section under construction, speak to us of a school that with its 50 years wishes to continue rejuvenating itself in order to offer to all the children and youth who take refuge under its wings that JESUS forever young and, with him, an up-to-date and quality education.

A luncheon brought to a close this first intercommunity meeting of the year. The closing was enlivened by the beautiful songs of a student from the 6th grade, and the words of remembrance and gratitude to the one who 50 years ago began the school, Bro. Zósimo Pérez (Provincial in those times), who was present among us. We remembered as well the many Brothers who worked in the school through the years together with the lay teachers.

We 26 Brothers who gathered are grateful to the Liceo Coatepeque community, for their attention and for the small touches that made our meeting truly one of brotherhood--warm and filled with that characteristic FAMILY SPIRIT. Many thanks to all those who contributed to making it the success that it was. May God continue to bless us.

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Rodrigo Cuestamanuel

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