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Retreat of Brothers and Lay People

03/09/2019: Italy

To save some days for a retreat during a holiday season is quite normal for us. Doing this together brothers and lay is becoming quite usual. As in previous years, a group of Italian Marists of Champagnat decided to gather in a peaceful place for 5 days, from 24 to 28 August, in order to reflect, to pray, to share and to dream together. This time, the place selected has been a country inn near Polino, a village in the mountains, 1200 m of altitude, in the Umbria region bordering Lazio, two hours by car from Rome. The mildness of the weather, the greenery of the forest and the surrounding silence have played in our favour.

The main topic proposed was “In Mary’s way”. Therefore, we have developed a series of aspects trying to reconnect Mary with our present reality: historical insights, present challenges, “bringing her from the high pedestal” to make her a close companion and finally the encouraging challenge of being the Marial face of the Church.

There have been some inputs on those topics; also, different workshops aiming at discovering the true face of Mary through Marian images, songs and prayers. Truly, it is Jesus who is at the centre of our lives; but, as Marists, to reach this goal we have been given a beautiful way, Mary.

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