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One step closer to the document on Marist apostolic spirituality

13/09/2006: Italy

Eight days of work during the holidays were not enough to finish the planned tasks. The Writing Commission for the document on Marist apostolic spirituality received numerous contributions during the second phase of the consultation. The responses came from networks of Marist apostolic spirituality, brothers, laypeople, the General Council and Provincial groups. They were presented collectively or individually.

The five members of the Writing Commission met at Lavarone, far away from the humid heat of Rome, and consecrated the first two days of their meeting to the meticulous reading of the material received and its synthesis. The observations sent were very varied. Taking account of the reactions and of the analysis of the contributions, it was decided to introduce some changes in the document’s plan: the joining of Chapters 1 and 2 and the writing of an entirely new Chapter 1 treating the Marist spiritual identity. In this first chapter, the characteristics of the spirituality of the Marist Brothers which appeared from the formation of the first community in La Valla are treated.

The text has been enriched by biblical references and symbolic images which make it more attractive and more accessible to a greater number of people.

The timeline for the writing of the text anticipates the writing of a base text in English which will be translated and sent to the members of the Commission responsible for this document. This Commission will meet in Rome from the 16th November 2006 onwards.

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