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One of Brother Alex’s little secrets

26/05/2006: Lebanon

The Marist College of Champville in Lebanon publishes a small bulletin entitled “VOX. The chronicle of the Young Champagnats Group”. Brother Alex Gómez, from the community of Mostagen, in Algeria, came to Lebanon for several months to study Arabic and to accompany the young people in the college. The May edition of VOX has published an editorial by Brother Alex:

At the entrance to the College, there is a beautiful image of Mary. In one hand, she is supporting Jesus and shows him to us as if she is saying: “Do whatever he tells you!” With her other hand open, she is welcoming us. During the month of May, there have always been flowers and candles at her feet. Teachers, students and people from the parish have come to entrust themselves to her.

In the afternoon, before sunset, I like to go to the image of Mary and sit beside her. I look at her, tell her my stories, all that I have experienced during the day, the joys and the sorrows, I entrust all the people I love to her, I look at Mary, but I allow myself to be watched over by her.

To allow your self to be watched over by the Good Mother is an invitation to live out her attitudes: listening, welcoming, accompanying, keeping the events of life in the heart and presenting them to Jesus. Soon the month of May will be over, it is always the time to allow yourself to be watched over by Mary and to say to her: thank you, Mother, for your discreet presence in our life, because you generate confidence, because you invite us to follow Jesus, because you are always there with your arms open.

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