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Escorial Spirituality Course « Senderos 2013 »

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On 31 January 2013 we commenced the adventure of our  journey together as the  SENDEROS 2013 group in the « Fuente Nueva » Marist formation house at San Lorenzo de l’Escorial. We arrived one by one to begin the 5 month experience in which we will share LIFE in this course « within », « towards others », « towards God » and « in the circle ».

The animators of the group  are Brothers Ángel Medina, of the District of Paraguay, as community superior, and Joaci Pinheiro de Sousa, of the Province of « Brasil Centro-Norte ». The group is composed of Brothers: Luis Oscar Rodríguez (México Central), Humberto Badillo (México Occidental), Vicente Abanto (México Occidental), José Luis Sebastián (Norandina), Walter A. Eras (Norandina), Joarës Pinheiro de Sousa (Brasil Centro Norte), Nerí Depaoli (Brasil Centro Sul), Joäo Pedro Zimmerman (Río Grande do Sul), Nelson Luis Feix (Río Grande do Sul), Eduardo López (Ibérica) and Luciano Andrés de Valles (Compostela).

We devoted the first week-end (31 January – 2 February) in becoming integrated as a group. The house of l’Escorial is for us a « place of Grace » which should help us « make a new star (community) shine in the Marist universe ». This is how we became aware of the paths to be traversed during the course.

We have benefitted from special times to share our life with the Brothers of the communities of the Escorial house, of Segovia, of Villalba, as well as the young Brothers of the Province of « Ibérica » who spent a week-end in our house. These moments and some community outings – visit of Segovia, the ‘Valle de los Caídos’, the belvedere of Mount Abantos and the house of the retired Brothers of Notre-Dame de la Roche – make us vibrate as Little Brothers of Mary.

During the first week, we looked at our personal history and the way in which it has been marked by the passage of God. Later on, we will undertake a « voyage to the interior », aided by the Enneagramme,  communication and personal relations. There will also be other « voyages » with a Marist colour and flavour : being brother today, in the school of listening ; the land we walk upon ; being religious today ; Marist vitality with a new heart ; stages of transition of life (sexuality and  celibacy) ; introduction to the Bible, and the Marial face of the Church. The visit of our Brother  Emili Turú and other Brothers from Rome will be an opportunity to revitalise us as brothers, in following the steps of Marcellin Champagnat today.

Some experiences of contact with other realities will enrich us on our route : voyages to the Holy Land, l’Hermitage, FMSI in Geneva, and Taizé. We will share the joy of  JOURNEYING AT THE SIDE OF THE GOD OF LIFE ON OUR PATHS.

Br. Humberto Badillo Alvarado (México Occidental).

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