The Assembly is near the end and after seeing how we are doing, choosing our new Council means looking to the future. Now we ask ourselves where we want to go and how we want to do it, these will be the next lines of action for the coming four years.
The morning began with a bilingual prayer prepared by the Region of Brazil in which, we were illumined by the model of following Jesus and we invoke the Holy Spirit to guide us in our journey.
In groups we worked on 3 questions related to the previous document that was sent to us to work in the Communities before the Assembly:
1. What is the Community's positive contribution?
2. How could the things that are done well in the fraternity of the Movement be strengthened and reaffirmed?
3. How can we overcome the difficulties in question of the Fraternity that we live?
The shared reflections will serve for the elaboration of the final document.
Before lunch we are presented with the first draft of the document with the lines of action to be worked on in the coming years. We have been developed these line with the responses of the survey sent to us and with everything that has been done during this assembly. We work in groups in which we got 7 lines of action that have been proposed, with their suggestions to complete them.
After lunch and a little rest after lunch the small modifications or added suggestions worked in the groups were put in common. Now they are proposed to the entire assembly to be voted. These proposals are considered priority for the Assembly. The result has been the following:
1. To growth in the communion of goods and in the economic sustainability of the MSC.
2. To develop the Formation Plan as well as diffusion and articulation.
3. To improve our commitment towards Solidarity and Mission (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation) in coordination with the Claretian Family.
4. To encourage the Promotion of the Claretian Charism from our secular identity.
5. To keep communication active at all levels and provide access in other languages.
6. To consolidate the organization of the Movement.
7. To growth in the maturity of the groups and to have greater co-responsibility in the field of the Claretian Family.
We were very effective and we enjoyed a great rest in which different playful activities were shared.
The afternoon continued with the celebration of the Eucharist as Claretian Family. Several CMFs, missionary brothers and seminarians from different communities gathered to share the evening with us. The Bética Region animated the Eucharist during which all the branches of the Claretian Family were presented as a reminder to each one of us that under the action of the Holy Spirit we should be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We finished the Eucharist by the inspiring dynamic of the overflowing glass of water through which we are called to an overflowing delivery in our pastoral, social, family, and personal life.
We finished the day with a great celebration and afterwards we had a banquet and live music. And we kept the party dancing until late at night.
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Today we vote about the Statutes, the Applicable Rules, and the election of the new General Council. Today, July 18, is an important day and we begin by placing ourselves in the presence of the Lord during the Eucharist asking to be nourished and inspired our choices for the day. The Eucharist was prepared and animated with great enthusiasm by the future region of Central America.
After the reading and the approval of the previous days minutes, Bernardeta explains everything the process of renewing the Statutes and the Applicable Rules. The Assembly unanimously votes YES to both and joyfully applauds the decision.
Then, in prayer and inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Assembly elects in the first round and with an absolute majority Miguel Angel Sosa Hernández, Miguelo, from the Bética Region, as the new Secretary General. He humbly accepts the position and asks for our collaboration and prayer to carry out this service and responsibility.
We conclude the morning with a video about the Chocó project "Courses of Arts and Crafts. Creating opportunities, forging futures "that came second in the Claret Vida awards.
The afternoon begins with the presentation by Edison, Secretary of Economy, of the economy report.
Once again in prayer and with the presence of the Holy Spirit, we continue with the election of the rest of the positions of the General Council. In all cases, in the first round and by absolute majority, they are elected: Luz Mery Herrera, from the Region of Colombia, as Secretary of Formation; Ángel L. Ramos, from the region of Puerto Rico, as Secretary of Economy and Manuel Tamargo, from the General Council of the cmf, as Advisor.
Before dinner the Peruvian groups have prepared a beautiful prayer of thanksgiving that we all build and celebrate as one. We all receive our small first-aid kit as Lay Claretian so that we do not decay and abandon our evangelizing tasks. We finish with the blessing on the part of the whole Assembly of the new General Council.
The day ended with an interesting talk by Gabriel Mejía, cmf about the origin of the Hogares Claret project and its current situation, working with more than 2000 children at risk and excluded.
You can see the pictures of this day HERE
The Eucharist on Wednesday, July 17, had a different dynamic animated by the Caribbean region. We were organized into small communities around the Word. The chosen and reflected gospel was that of the Road to Emmaus. This dynamic ended up in a very meditative and contemplative Eucharist.
Morning greetings from the social networks were shared. After this we did a first survey was of the candidates for the various Secretariats of the General Council, as well as of the advisory.
While the survey was counted by the religious advisers the rest of us went to work analyzing the current reality of the Movement in groups made up of representatives of the different regions and groups without a region. He worked on three points: 1. The actual strengths of the Movement; 2. weaknesses, and, 3. challenges of the Movement for the coming years. The results were brought and shared in common leaving very similar things in the 8 groups and very interesting, so they will help us as a basis for future lines of action. The synthesis team has taken note for the communication and further development of this work.
After lunch we went on a tour to Medellin. We had a fun afternoon full of fraternity. Two traditional Colombian Chivas (old transportation public buses) took us and showed different places in the city: The Barefoot Park, El Pueblito Paisa, La Plaza Botero and El Parque de los Deseos. We dined in a restaurant near the Claretian parish of Jesus Nazareno. Finally, with a party atmosphere, lights and music, we returned to Villa Claret to rest.
You can see the pictures of today HERE