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Opening of the Year of Spirituality



The Prayer Chain that traveled through the Institute from East to West

12/10/2007: General House

In the entire Marist world, the 7th of October marked the opening of the Year of Spirituality that will continue until October of 2008. Among the initiatives developed on that day it’s important to point out the prayer chain that traveled from east to west throughout the Institute. There were 48 communities chosen to assure the sequence for the 24 hours (Greenwich time). The community that began the chain was the novitiate in Lomeri (Fiji Islands) and the closing was done by the novitiate in Morelia (Mexico). The texts of those prayers can be accessed on the Institute’s web page. Apart from the great creativity that is noted in many of them, is the use of the recently published document Water from the Rock. In this is a small treasure that can serve as a source of prayer throughout these months. We have heard echoes of enthusiasm over what was done in the opening of the Year of Spirituality, and we want this enthusiasm to spread among the brothers and lay Marists. All are called to live this spirituality and to spread it.

The prayers found on the web page can be useful instruments of animation. Other materials will appear periodically. That space will stay open so that anyone who wishes to collaborate can send information and references to Marist spirituality. In this way we will enrich one another, the Church and the world with our spirituality. It’s our duty to share this gift with the whole Marist family and also with the world beyond our boarders. Let’s do it then, and let’s do it creatively.

Brother Teófilo Minga
Secretary of the Religious Life Commission

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