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Marist Spirituality Centre, Saint Laurent – 77th course

20/06/2007: Spain

A week of an Introduction to the Bible (from the 9th to the 14th April), led authoritatively by Brother Josep María Soteras, opened horizons, clarified them, questioned them and was an excellent preparation for the Pathway of the Exodus, that is to say the pilgrimage to the places of our Christian roots.

We made this pilgrimage from the 17th to the 27th April, with other brothers and some laymen and women, a total of twenty-five people. We were in Egypt and Jordan for two and a half days each, and five days in Israel. It was a voyage planned for the spirituality course at El Escorial and offered to the participants to progress in their personal and community growth, in the dynamic of ongoing formation. The range of possibilities offered by the pilgrimage is proportional to the mediations and situations that compose it and to the aspirations of each pilgrim. For example: a knowledge of history and of the human past; the experience of being on a journey, seeking the profound meaning of existence and following in the footsteps of the people who have preceded us in their journey of freedom, identity and fidelity to God; an excellent occasion for a first contact with a reality with geographical, socio-political, cultural and religious contrasts; space to purify the meaning of listening and of looking within; a favourable time to purify faith and rekindle the flame of hope; a challenge to purify the heart with the fire of the beatitudes, synthesis of the message of the Kingdom of God revealed and lived by Jesus Christ, received by his disciples and present in the charism of Marcellin. A fraternal journey of brothers and sisters, sharing impressions, joy, life, the search for meaning, experience of pilgrimage. In a few words, a life orientation “to look at the moon, instead of being attached to the finger pointing towards it”.

The week of Vitality, in the form of a seminar, allowed for dialogue on experiences, projects, lines of action, etc., which highlight the effort and the perseverance for life and fruitfulness in the Provinces. The joyous and enthusiastic presence of the Brothers Provincial (Manuel Jorques Bru, from Mediterránea; Ambrosio Alonso Diez, Vice Provincial of Ibérica; Primitivo Mendoza González, from Compostela; Xavier Barceló Monet, from LHermitage), sharing the reality of their respective Provinces, contributed to raising the spirit and stimulating our commitment. We are very grateful to them for this reason, and also for the sharing and fraternal moments that they had with us.

Our gratitude also goes to the people who have recently visited us: brothers, parents and friends. Among them, Brother Angel Medina, District Superior of the District of Paraguay, and Brother Teófilo Minga, who was previously Assistant Superior of this house.

The solidarity pilgrimage, made from the 6th to the 9th May, constituted for each participant an intense time of personal encounter and of a personal pick-me-up, of a spiritual and charismatic experience of solidarity, with contact with the poor. In order to take full advantage of this experience, each brother chose an apostolic work of commitment to those in need, in our congregation or in a different one, and shared with a spirit of giving and receiving, moved by the love of Christ, the heart of Marcellin that knows no bounds, and the desire to manifest the culture of life. Some echoes of this solidarity pilgrimage? We will give them in the next chronicle.

Brother Afonso Levis

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