Today our day seemed like  Pentecost, each one with her language understood each other, each one with her opinion  listened to the other, each one with her own experience  accepted the other. And all this was possible, in part, to Luis Alberto Gonzalo, a Claretian who accompanies many congregations in their deepening and restructuring process.

Gonzalo began by saying that this is a time of transformation; of paradoxes where we accompany others but feel deeply alone; we love to talk about the need for the new but we are not willing to change ourselves; that we do not have to rewrite the charism but to live it; that many times we do not need to give us a  reason but simply to be listened to, etc., etc. And as someone who does not want to say things,he created an enviornment wherein sisters sponteaneously with  confidence expressed their  sugestions.  Then with questions, apparently innocent, he invited us to answer: what does the congregation have to “let go”? We started timidly but then the momentum picked up. He again asked us, what should we “let come”?(allow the Spirit to bring  anew) He slowly bécame a facilitator for a part of the sessión and dedicated himself to guiding, reinforcing and resonating what we were saying. The morning sesión concluded with brainstorming.

It was during the afternoon session that Pentecost arrived. Although there were some interpreters who were translating into English, our English speaking sisters perfectly understood  what was happening in the room, that is why we all participated with great enthusiasm and harmony. But do not believe, the theme or the question of the afternoon was easy: What Dream do we have for our Congregation? But Gonzalo warned us not to judge, not to evaluate, not to reject anything that was said.

We thank the Holy Spirit who encouraged us to speak from the heart, listening, welcoming, questioning  and encouraging one another. We also thanked God for one more year of the life of Trini López, our General Secretary, thank you Trini for your life of dedication.

 

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