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Second Community Animators Course - 25 April to 23 June

19/08/2012: Italy

From 25 April to 23 June two groups of Brothers had participated at the Second Community Animators Course. Marist Brothers speaking Portuguese and Spanish had their course in El Escorial (Spain) and Brothers speaking English in Manziana (Italy). Here you have a text of Br. Isaac Kpulika (Cameroon), who took part in the Course in Manziana.

The community animators course itself has been a truly powerful experience of God’s grace at work in and through all the Brothers participating. The Brothers will long treasure the experience and be greatly encouraged for their future Marist life. I believe that with this background we have significant tools of exploring other ways of being Brothers for the future communities. Together we have seen how fraternal dialogue and Marist spirituality are important for us in visioning community life through the Calls of the 21st. General Chapter. From our interaction during the course, it is true in general that attempts have been made to make prayer relevant in our communities, but it seems that we are still far from shaping community prayer that is strongly connected with our community life and mission. We have come to realize that some of the challenges affecting us depend on factors from outside ourselves, but the commitment to our spiritual conversion, as much on the personal and community level depends seriously on each one of us.

I have the feeling that the future of the Little Brothers of Mary is seriously linked with our commitment to know and live our Marist spirituality. It is our spirituality that will assist others to become established in our vocation and challenge us to be able to address the challenges of these times so as to build communities for the future. No longer are we looking backwards for inspiration, but have found a significant way forward, building on what has been done by the most recent General Chapter. Now is the time for us to courageously implement these Calls of the 21st General Chapter.

If we are to succeed in this most important undertaking, we will need to dedicate ourselves to the implementation of these Calls of the 21st General Chapter. A plan without action comes to nothing. May we have the courage to allow the Holy Spirit to inspire us in a powerful way. Through prayer and dedicated work may we realize our commitment to a new way of being brother.

The course has been a wonderful experience for me and all the participants. I believe that we are really a community in a new way, every person contributing their vision for a new way of being brother, their sense of community, their gifts and their talents. Through the rich diversity of persons and experiences of our community life, we have been enriched and hope to bring forth something amazing.

No longer can we look upon our membership of the community with indifference and apathy, getting away with doing the very least that is expected of us. Rather we have all to wake up, to arm ourselves and to appear in the light – together as brothers, and lay Marist we must be community alive in the Spirit and living the heart and mind of Jesus for us and for everyone. In this way we will be enabled to meet the challenges of our times and build a new consecrated life, with a strong Gospel identity, that will promote a new way of being Brothers

Br. Kpulika Isaac

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