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Marist Centre of Spirituality, San Lorenzo – 77th course

20/04/2007: Spain

The community of the Marist Centre of Spirituality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial continues its journey following the formation plan proposed at the start of the courses. Step by step we are advancing in the development of the established programming. So much so that, “at the half-way point”, we are finishing the second stage and we have made an evaluation of the first days of Holy Week.

Four themes marked our reflections during the month of March. Guided by Brother Afonso Levis, we started by re-reading, praying and sharing the Constitutions, putting the accent particularly on some chapters. We continued with a week of Spirituality, co-ordinated by Brother Javier Espinosa, during which we were able to meditate on our relationship with God. This was a special moment for prayer and personal evaluation. The subject: Jesus Christ, A New Man, presented by Mrs Encarnación Pérez Landáburu, aroused different questions in us: who is Jesus for us? What image do we have of his person? What Messiah do we want to follow? The reflections on the Consecrated Life, a subject animated by Brother Pilar Witz, helped us to feel that we must return to the sources to live the consecrated life from its smallness and the witness that it is necessary to give to the Kingdom of God. The month finished with a celebration. On the 31st March we celebrated the birthdays of the brothers born in March: Gregorio D. Soler, José Luis H. Martín and Afonso Levis.

As well as in-house activities and other works, we also had the time for an outing in order to live together in a better way and to improve our cultural knowledge. On the 17th March we left early for Cordour. In this town, guided by Brother Juan Juárez Moreno, from the community of Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cadix), we visited the mosque and the royal Alcazar. We were very well received by the brothers of the Cervantès Marist College who offered us an excellent fraternal lunch. In the evening we left for Seville. There also the brothers received us warmly. The following day, after breakfast, we visited the historical centre: the Alcazar of the Catholic Kings, the cathedral, the park of María Luisa and other interesting places explained by our sympathetic and patient guide. On the 19th March, returning to the house, we visited the windmills of the Campo de Criptana, a land of giants in which Miguel de Cervantès was inspired to create his characters, Don Quixote of La Mancha and Sancho Panza.

Holy Week, as well as the experience of the Paschal Mystery, gave the brothers who so desired the possibility of visiting their family. The others stayed at the house. All came together on Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and we celebrated the birthday of Brother Rufino González des Heras.

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