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Chronicle of the second and third week of the Course in Rome

04/06/2018: General House

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We are continuing with the formation course for current formators in Rome. I will share with you the experience of these last two weeks (May 21 – June 2).

Father Felix Mushobozi helped us to become aware of the importance of being responsible for the care of the common home. We inhabit this land and we are responsible for it. It was three days of intense sharing and deepening around the Laudato Si document .

Br Ernesto Sánchez, superior general, was present on May 21. He reflected with us what the XXII General Chapter meant, the path the Institute has walked so far and the method used to reach the five calls. As formators we have a great responsibility to know, deepen, live and invite others to make the five calls of the Chapter a reality. This should not be something strange in the formative process.

The following days Br Graham Neist, of Australia, helped us understand and reflect on the new spirituality. He helped us to think about a new awareness that includes vulnerability, communion, conversion and respect. The presence of the Spirit is permanent. He gave us tools to contemplate reality from different perspectives and to not limit ourselves with our own eyes. We felt challenged to live a new spirituality from our hearts, and to share it with others and with creation. He invited us to regularly contemplate reality to better understand it.

From Thursday, May 31, to June 2, we had two and a half days with Brother Oscar Martín Vicario, general councillor, in which we discussed the first three calls of the Chapter, rereading them with the perspective of our role as current formators. God invites us during this time to be beacon of hope, in a formation community, to be the hands and the face of God's mercy to welcome the young and accompany them during their formation, as well as to be builders of bridges inspired by the icon of the third call of the Chapter.

This is, for us, a time of grace and of a lot of community richness due to the sharing of life, spirituality, challenges, and the difficulties with the formators of various parts of the continent. Being a formation community, it is a constant challenge for us to be open and attentive to hearing the God's calls today.

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Br César Borja Bogado – Paraguay

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