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A group of adolescents live community in Argentina

28/04/2005: Argentina

Twenty-four boys arrived from different places in the country, Cinco Saltos, Pergamino, Luján, Merlo, Lugano and Mar del Plata, to join with a team of eight leaders, all prepared to give life and identity to this “house for everyone”.
Even though this was harder for some than others, in a very short while, the boys started to develop friendships between themselves as if they had always known each other and they started work without much difficulty. Perhaps the meeting and the work were facilitated by the availability of each person, the desire to live an experience and the helpful presence of the Spirit amongst us.

During these days, the boys worked in “Life Groups” sharing all that they had discovered and as a piece of clay can seem to be brought to life through the hands of the potter so also they gave life to their dreams, reflected on the story of their lives and were invited to celebrate it; they encountered Jesus who also had a dream that had its roots in the Dream of the Father. They baked bread which they shared and told others about what they were experiencing.
In a short time, they could share their dreams and their lives in simplicity and celebrate them in a profound way. They took advantage of times to reflect silently and other times to enjoy each other’s company; they built a unique Hermitage with their own hands. Those of us who accompanied them could only marvel at the gift of life, of spontaneity and of strength possessed by these adolescents who surprised us day after day. It was the good news of discovering that God is present in the foundations of this house and in each of our lives. That is where the God who gives life lives, the God who is Father and who loves us, the God who dwells in our dreams and who invites us to dream. And it was such good news that we had to leave the house to go to tell others what we had discovered.

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