Experiencia de Peregrinación a los “Santos Lugares Claretianos”
Siendo maestro de novicios en España he acompañado a los novicios realizando una peregrinación a los “santos lugares” claretianos: Vic, Sallent, y otros (Barbastro). Durante varios años nos acompañaba un claretiano especialista en el carisma claretiano, hombre muy espiritual y buen conocedor de esos lugares: el P. José María Viñas.
La experiencia fue muy positiva para los formandos. Además se solía hacer en conjunto con los novicios de todos los noviciados de Iberia. Fue una experiencia muy rica por el contacto con las raíces del Fundador, etc., y por tener la oportunidad de compartir entre bastantes jóvenes novicios de diversos centros formativos.
Siendo maestro de novicios en Bolivia, en cambio, no era posible emprender esa peregrinación a los santos lugares claretianos, por razones obvias. Se suplía de alguna manera: mediante visita virtual. Hoy día queda el recurso a la visita virtual. No es lo mismo, ciertamente. Pero puede ser válido. E incluso puede que se requiera aumentar la mística motivadora para realizar provechosamente este viaje virtual.
La peregrinación a los lugares carismáticos –sea real, sea virtual–, debe conducir a lo que en definitiva se pretende: lograr que se despierte con mayor viveza el espíritu de comunión con los fundadores y con la tradición o historia del instituto. Es un viaje al pasado para entrar en contacto con la inspiración originaria. Y es, a la vez, un proyectarse hacia el futuro poniendo las bases para impulsar con nuevo vigor la vivencia de la consagración religiosa y la misión del instituto.
P. José San Román cmf.
MONTHLY TALENT SHOW
In St. Claret Minor Seminary, Negombo in Sri Lanka we have the traditional practice of organizing a Literary Association Meeting which is an occasion for exhibiting and developing the talents of students. It is conducted once or, at times, even twice in a month. One meeting is presided over by a resource person outside the student body, often a Claretian missionary and the other by one of the students. The one who presides over the meeting shares his views about the topic of the meeting and offers feedback on the programs presented.
The students participate in the meeting actively bringing out their talents in a creative way. They are encouraged to perform individually as well as in a group, speeches, songs, mono act, mimicry, group music, dramas and so on. They participate in these items with much interest and enthusiasm and strive to bring out their best Mutual encouragement and cooperation make the items more interesting and enjoyable.
This form of monthly talent show provides the students a suitable platform to manifest and express their God-given talents and capabilities. It enhances their personal growth and encourages team work and mutual empowerment. Students who shy away from public appearance are encouraged to come out in the open and express themselves. A student is encouraged seek help from his companions and cooperate with others with his gifts. Thus all the students are challenged to excel in their talents by making use of the opportunity and help from others including their formators.
The students are also accompanied through personal dialogues and group conferences and, as a result, they become more confident in themselves and generous to serve others with their talents.
Fr. S. K. Jude Behin, cmf, Sri Lanka
Satsang or Satsanga originates from Sanskrit (sat = true; sang = company) and it denotes an assembly of persons who listen to, talk about, and assimilate the truth. In the seminary it is a forum where formators and students come together once in two weeks to share the experiences of the 2 weeks. In the assembly the students share their experience, clarify doubts, reconcile among each other when there are conflicts. We have found that it really brings a closer relationship among the students and with the formators.
Preparation for Claret feast
We have novena before the feast of St. Claret during which we take different themes of the life of Claret for reflection and prayer. We do it within a prayer service. It is also an occasion to organize a skit competition, chart preparation and Mega Quiz on Claret. Students enjoy these activities. These practices help the missionaries and the students to know more about our founder.
Fr. Maria joseph, Claret Niketan, Ranchi
Community Card Game
Here is a practice that we enjoyed in Jaffna while I was there. I found it to be very effective for community building.
Uno (from Italian and Spanish for ‘one’) is an American card game.
The deck consists of 108 cards, of which there are twenty-five of each color (red, green, blue, and yellow), each color having two of each rank except zero. The ranks in each color are zero to nine, “Skip”, “Draw Two” and “Reverse” (the last three of these being classified as “action cards”). In addition, the deck contains four each of “Wild” and “Wild Draw Four” cards.
To start a hand, seven cards are dealt out to each player, and the top card of the deck is flipped over and set aside to begin the discard pile. The player to the dealer’s left plays first, unless the first card on the discard pile is an action or Wild card. On a player’s turn, he must do one of the following:
- play a card matching the discard in color, number or symbol
- play a Wild card, or a playable Wild Draw Four card
- draw the top card of the deck
If a player chooses to draw the top card of the deck, and that card is playable (it matches the discard, or is a playable wild card), then the player may (but need not) immediately play that card.
N.B.: Uno card packs are easily available in the market and rules of the game can be learnt by going to the internet and by practice.
This game builds “one” community as its name suggests! It is effective when all the community members sit together to play the game (formators and formees). The game creates a sense of equality and togetherness while at the same time it adds fun to community living. It gives occasion to plenty of laughter together! A great stress-buster! A typical game for a weekend evening. My last community (a formation house of postulants) played it on Sunday evenings over some snacks and with background songs! The game was incorporated in the formation plan with the belief that “a community that plays together stays together!”.
– Joseph Jeyaseelen, Srilanka.
It is an open forum for the novices to come together once a month and give and receive feedback (positive and possible areas of improvement) without the presence and the assistance of the formators. It also helps them to become aware of the growing edge of their personality. The fraternal environment helps them to revamp the koinonia among themselves and finely polishing their unconscious behaviors observed by others. Since the ambiance is set in the absence of the formators, they are inclined to open up better without fear and inhibitions.
The fundamental objective is to make the individual aware of one’s potentialities and the areas of personal growth. It also strengthen the already existing bonds of communion and fellowship and create a more collaborative and co-responsible participation in the life of the community.
– Michael PC, Claret Bhavan Novitiate, Bangalore
One of the empowering practices we follow in the Novitiate community is “Personal Assessment” of each novice. The arena set for the ‘initial confidence building’ among them pave way for the personal assessment which takes each one of them to the inner core of their being. Each one is provided with a format under 9 heads such as Physical life, Spiritual Level, Moral Life, Affective Level, Intellectual Level, Apostolic Level, Religious and Claretian Values, Community Life and Social Life and asked to rate his growth in each category from a scale of 1 to 10. Each section is further subdivided and the total number of questions mounts up to 90. Each one is expected to make an objective rating for his companions as well. At the end, the rating made by the individual (Self Report) over each section is compared with the observation and rating made by the group (Observer’s Report). The self report is compared with the cumulative report of the companions. This is done in order to make sure that the subjective perceptions of oneself are matched with the perceptions of the community.
The fundamental objective of this process is to help the person to make the subjective perception of the self more objective and realistic.
– Fr. Michael PC, Claret Bhavan, Bangalore.