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General Conference 2013

On Tuesday, 10 September, after morning prayer, Br Joe Mc Kee  invited each one to listen to himself, in an attitude of curiousity, of wanting to learn more, of entering more deeply into personal experience… and doing the same with the experience of the other. For this, he invited the use of “appreciative dialogue”, which involves respecting, valuing, trying to understand, explore, discover one’s own experience and that of the other.

The Vicar General added that one could understand experiences on the basis of the attitude of resolving problems, but he invited them to do it from a positive attitude of vitalizing energy. Thus we can see the world from the angle of its problems, but we can also understand that “the world is a miracle which should be embraced” (David Cooperrider).

In addition, it was a question of experiences lived from the fundamental call of “going in haste” with Mary and from the three horizons of the 21st General Chapter: a new consecrated life, a new relationship between brothers and laity, and a significantly strong presence among poor children and young people.

The rest of the morning was taken up with personal reflection from the viewpoints suggested, then sharing in pairs and in groups in a search for the principal elements of the personal experiences.

class=imgshadowAt lunch, opportunity was taken to share the gift of the life of Br Óscar Martín Vicario, Provincial of Compostela, celebrating his birthday. Br Emili Turú expressed thanks for the gift of the life and person of Br Oscar for the Institute, for his brothers, and gave him a gift.

In the afternoon, the principal elements of the experiences were summarised in a poster, presented to the others and questions clarified. There was also time for free expression about where they believed God was leading, those elements which generate more life… and also about what they thought had not been said and should be expressed.

The eucharist brought the day to an end for all.

General Conference 2013

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