2021-04-13 PHILIPPINES

Joint Retreat of the Brothers and Laity of the Province of East Asia

Brothers and lay Marists from the different sectors of the East Asia Province held a virtual holy week retreat from March 29 to April 3, based on the key points of Brother Ernesto’s Circular “Homes of light. Caring for life. Generating new life“. Br. Ernesto Sanchez, Superior General, was the retreat facilitator and Br. Dominador Santiago, Provincial, provided a comprehensive introduction on the topic.

During the sessions Br. Ernesto emphasized that the Holy Spirit is the real master of the retreat. It is the Holy Spirit who leads, moves, and guides the participants in their journey during moments of reflections, sharing, prayers and discernment. 

Br. Ernesto gave a brief introduction, pointing out the highlights of the 22nd General Chapter: “A global charismatic family, a beacon of hope, in this turbulent world.” He said, “we are called to care for life and to generate new life in moments of great fragility and vulnerability in the world.” He raised the point of adaptation because of our different realities. There is a need to adapt to one’s circumstances or situations in life, in the family or in the community.

Daily morning and night prayers were prepared for use by the different communities of the Brothers and of the lay. The lay also gathered later in the day and had their night prayers and sharing of reflections which helped deepen their experiences. Read and deepen in this link the six topics discussed and the personal reflections of the brothers and lay people.


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