Colmenar Viejo, Spain.At the end of the third and last phase of this Year’s School of the Heart of Mary, the participants reviewed the regulations in Formation, beginning with the General Plan of Formation, deepened their understanding on the Initiation in the Ministry of the Word; on discernment; on justice, peace, and integrity of creation; and on laws and formation.
The proper preparation of the foundation that a Claretian Formator should have at the Congregational level alludes to #77 of the Constitutions: “The office of Prefect is very important because of its purpose and consequences” and if one want suitable missionaries, there is a need for formed Formators to carry out the task to which they have been called.
This #77 of the Constitutions makes a Congregational call for the necessary resources and personnel required to carry out this missionary work. The qualification of missionary Formators must be a Congregational priority commitment and, above all, the Organisms must keep this in mind, so that they can continue qualifying those who have this important role in the Organism, doing what is necessary to provide them with the tools they need in view of doing well the art of forming the future missionaries of the Congregation.
Aside from the task of the Congregation and of the Organsims, the missionary called for such a great responsibility, must preoccupy to be the best in his field and do what #77 of the Constitutions says: “…to whom it is entrusted charge of such importance, educate yourself well of your task and try to carry it out with all your best.” Like Mary, they can receive all this in their hearts and realize what Jesus is asking them at each moment: “Go and make disciples” (Mt 28, 19) to carry out this great work, which makes the Kingdom of God present in the midst of those who need it alive and active today.
Vic, Spain. This year’s Formator’s course has gone a long way already. It began in preparing them to have a good discernment; then a deepening of the autobiography of our Father Founder and know the most important places in his early years; studies on congregational history followed. After the historical part it went to an extension of what was already known about the constitutions; and ended with the theme on interculturality, which characterizes us as brothers in the Congregation.
At this moment, they are now looking into the martyrial dimension which moves them deeply to look at our charismatic roots and to try to live what they have chosen to be in their lives. Citing number 77 of our Constitutions, “He (the Prefect) should aim at bringing them, more by example than by words, to embrace our way of life out of an inner conviction of faith.”
To know the life of our Martyrs, is to recognize the magnificent work that those who accompanied them carried out in their process of growth in the faith and in their configuration in Christ. They wanted to take their lives, but they in return donated it, deeply convinced of God’s love for them and their neighbor. Of the 51 Martyrs of Barbastro, 41 of them were young people between 25 and 21 years old; and with great conviction and living faith they expressed: “We all die happy with no regrets or feel faint; we all die praying to God that the blood that falls from our wounds will not be shed in vengeance, but blood that enters red and alive through your veins, stimulates your progress and expansion in the world” (Letter of Faustino).
The life offered by our brother Martyrs, with his love for the Congregation and for God’s call to follow Him, invites each formator to be in his life a faithful and generous witness of the love of God so that others, seeing their lives, can find the merciful love of God the Father, by which we must live our lives. In other words, his life must be a perennial Gospel.
Vic, Spain. With great joy and expectation, on April 3 began the School of the Heart of Mary for Formators of 2018, in the Claretian Spirituality Center in Vic. In this course, 18 participants come from different Major Organisms: Antilles (1), Brazil (3), Central America (2), Colombia-Ecuador (1), Colombia-Venezuela (2), Deutschland (2), Equatorial Guinea (2), Mexico (1), Portugal (2) and San José del Sur (2). We have the grace that, among the participants, there are three Brothers from the Antilles, Colombia-Ecuador and Mexico.
This formation course actually began in January, but online, with the accompaniment of some missionaries responsible for the process of each of the participants. This first part ended in the second week of March, before starting Holy Week. Now, in this actual part, it is about reinforcing what has been seen from the virtual platform.
The Chapter Document “CPR” (Claretian in Process of Renewal – Document of the XX General Chapter, year 1985) reads in number 49: “The greatest wealth of the Congregation is the people, each one of them is valuable because of what he has of autobiographical and non-transferable. ” To put the person of the Claretian Missionary at the center of interest is to pretend the best for each one. A Congregation that cares about its members is an Institute that wants to be healthy.
The proposal to give the best of each one of those who come to our Congregation has to do with the idea of preparing, in the best way possible, those who will have the task of leading the new Claretian Missionaries towards the missionary life. where they should meet Jesus of Nazareth.
Like Mary, the Heart of Mary School aims that those who do not only limit themselves to give to others of what has been learned … but, better still and as it says number 73 of our Constitutions, it is for be more mature every day and deeply aware of their own vocation, learn from experience, in the midst of changes in the world, to live firmly and constantly united to Christ, according to our charism.