Thursday, March 28, 2019
At the beginning of this month, with still great vigor and enthusiasm Christoph, Fr. Günter and Barbara told us of how they experienced last December the General Assembly of the Comboni Lay Missionaries (CLM) in Rome. It was great to be present and meet the CLM of the other 19 countries/provinces, to share and to pray together, to discover what is most useful in our future development and what steps are necessary or possible.
The difference between the groups is great and it is at one and the same time a challenge and an enrichment. To be able to keep in touch by way of WhatsApp is marvelous. Barbara gave us a first introduction to the proposals of the assembly and then the group started examining the steps/decisions most important to us.
Pilgrimage of the CLM and the MCCJ
Bro. Hans, Fr. Günther and Willi gave us information over the pilgrimage we will have this coming September. Concrete proposals were made and have decided on the main points. There is room for 18 participants, registrations can be placed with Willi (CLM) or with Fr. Günther (MCCJ). After lunch we had enough time to enjoy the sunshine and walk around the lake of Wörther See.
Africa – A continent of Peace Initiatives
We gave a good amount of time to the continuation of our work connected to our peace project. The next step will be Bro. Hans’ conference at the peace center of Lindau. Together we prepared for him the basic idea and the methodology to be followed. The lecture will introduce the valuable experiences of the continent connected to activities of peace and reconciliation. The CLM will contribute a “Network of Places of Peace” (we shared the work for him).
Dynamics connected to Globalization
Christof was our guide in a better understanding the pro-active pedagogy connected to themes such as globalization and peace.
Humans are meant for joy – joy is meant for humans
At the end of the day we reflected on a theme prepared by St. Francis of Sales on the “joy of our faith.” Joy is our Godly inheritance – the only one that can give us happiness. Joy has such a strong connection with our heart, that it cannot be at peace without it. God created joy for our own wellbeing. With joy, we await our next meeting in May (3-5).
All who are interested, are welcome!