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II International Marist Mission Assembly

20/03/2013: General House
Mission Assembly- Nairobi 2014

Preparations for the II International Marist Mission Assembly have reached a new stage. From 1 to 5 March, Alice (USA), Mónica (Cruz del Sur), Br Paul (South-Asia), Br Mark (Nigeria), Frank (Australia), Manu (Mediterránea), Br César R. (Secretariat of Brothers today), Br Javier (Secretariat of the Laity) and Br João Carlos (Secretariat of Mission), met in Rome to put the finishing touches to the work of drawing up guidelines and topics which will shortly be sent to the Provinces and Districts in order to begin the formation of groups of reflection throughout the Marist world.

In an excellent climate of listening and fraternal dialogue, we expressed our ‘dreams’ concerning the holding of the II IMMA in Nairobi, Kenya, from 17 to 27 September 2014. We thought of the way of passing from our  zones of comfort and learning – where we feel at ease and safe – to a  zone of magic – the new land where we can recreate the charism of Champagnat, our eyes fixed on the horizon of the third Marist centenary. There is no place for zones of panic, for we well know in whom we have placed our confidence : Jesus and Mary.

The theme, New Marists on mission, is intended to be an invitation to personal and institutional conversion which causes us to pay particular attention to the voices of poor children and young people, the privileged target of Champagnat. It is an experience of fraternity and internationality which helps us avoid being closed in on ourselves, and leaves us ready to allow ourselves to be challenged by God and by our brothers and sisters. It is a new experience which is offered us as an opportunity and a task : to make visible the Marial face of the Church.

With hearts set ablaze by the fire of the Spirit, we propose to you these words of a Latin-American author, Eduardo Galeano, with which our meeting ended :

Each person shines among all the others,
 with his own light.
There are no two fires identical.
Certain fires are large, others small ;
there are fires of all colours.
There are people of the steady flame, who do not even notice the wind ;
others are like wild fires, which fill the air with sparks.
Some fires, will-o’-the-wisps, neither shine nor burn ;
but others burn so strongly
that one cannot look at them without blinking,
and he who approaches, is burnt !

Alice, Mónica, Paul, Mark, Frank, Javier, César, Manu and Joao Carlos 

Mission Assembly- Nairobi 2014

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