2022-11-11 GENERAL HOUSE

Day 7 of the International Forum: Holding on for the next Phase.

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Thursday, December 10, was a critical day for reflection on the third stage of the International Forum on the Lay Marist Vocation.

During the morning, a contemplative dance was carried out, inviting each participant to hold hands, a symbol of sharing our hopes, difficulties, doubts, and feelings … as did the first brothers in La Valla.

As part of today’s introduction, Br Graham and Vanderley, who have been the facilitators of the meeting, begin the day by underlining the importance of the last day, which is fundamental to the success of the work done. It is essential to know how to convey the message, for the next step, to the regions, to the secretariat of the laity and to all the Marists of Champagnat.
“Today, it is not about reviewing the work done but passing the baton to other teams. No story is told to talk about the past; good stories are told to talk about today … We are at the point where we must ask ourselves, how to transmit to others what we have built?”

In the afternoon, there was work by regions to prepare a message that is to be transmitted to each of the Administration Units. In the same way, they built a symbol as a sign of thanksgiving for what they lived and that they later presented during the evening prayer.

As part of the reflection, each fraternity was able to share how their heart was before starting the Forum and how it is currently; it was a moment of grace in which the participants had the opportunity to say goodbye, having generated stronger links and the desire to create interregional networks.

The day’s work focused on the transition to the 4th phase of the International Forum on the Lay Marist Vocation, which will consist of reflective work by the representatives of the next virtual meeting to be held in November 2024.

Between singing and prayer, the seventh day of this gratifying international meeting ended.


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