-Jeyaseelan cmf, Sri Lanka
Here is the Coat of Arms of our congregation. You may take a close look at it and ask yourself what it means for you. There are different symbols in it. What do they tell you about our being Claretians?
The official Coat of Arms (Shield/Seal) of the Congregation was approved in the XI General Chapter, celebrated in Vic in 1912 and it was presented to the members of the Congregation in its Annals of 1914.
Here is the famous story of training an eagle to fly. Have you looked at it from a formative perspective? It is interesting to learn what kind of a formator are you from this story.
Before reading the story
There are three major roles in stories: hero, villain, and a victim (or according to Greek Drama–rescuer, prosecutor, and victim). We tend to see (more accurately “feel”) ourselves in one of those roles. If you can uncover which role has the greatest emotional appeal for you, you are closer to finding your life script.
Sanctification, Holiness (CC. 2)
-V. Lawrence cmf
By sanctification or holiness is ordinarily meant that hallowing of us by which we are freed from wrong doing or sin to realise the will of God. However, it is not the first or common meaning in the Old Testament where it primarily means “to separate” or “set apart”, clearly demarcating the sphere of God from the human sphere. To sanctify anything means to declare it as belonging to God, to have been transferred to his sphere and presence, for example the first born (Exod 13:2).
Glory of God (CC. 2, 9, 66)
– V. Lawrence cmf
The aim of the congregation is to seek in all things the Glory of God …(CC2)
1. Biblical Reflection
The Glory of God in the OT is his visible “Life-giving and Saving Presence” to his people. Whenever God appeared to them, His glory accompanied him. It was a signified by cloud and fire, the first forms of his presence seen by the people, when God led them away from the clutches of the Egyptian might (Ex 13:21; 16:7).