On January 17, the Claretian Missionaries remembered the 135 years of the death of their founder, María Antonia Paris, and wanted to thank and celebrate it with the Family, on Saturday, the 18th, in the chapel of the Mater Immaculate School in Madrid.
In a very cozy atmosphere we celebrate the Eucharist presided by the cmf Angel of the Party. Our founders Claret and Paris were present throughout the celebration, especially the latter. So he reminded us in the Angel of the Part homily.
The message of María Antonia París, 135 years after her death, is still alive in the Church. The best demonstration is the presence in the Church of the same DON that she received and that, with the support of San Antonio María Claret, transmitted to the whole Church as a precious inheritance, which can be summarized as follows:
· A deep love for EVANGELICAL POVERTY, which, as she herself said, is the master key that introduces the Holy Law of God into the hearts of the faithful.
· UNITE the action with contemplation, in order to transmit to the brothers the burning love of Christ, which has come true alive in the spirit itself.
· MAKE the road to others EASY, even if it costs to go ahead, making way so that those who come behind have easy access to the encounter with the Lord Jesus.
The Claretian missionaries took advantage of the Family meeting and the celebration to present their new congregational logo. They offered what they are and want to continue building, a family that from the Meeting with the Word and its announcement. They try to embody it in the community and in the places to which they are sent accompanied by Mary the great sign of their walk.
This logo has been designed by a Claretian layman, Auxi, from the Bética region. The following link shows the meaning of it ().
After the celebration we enjoyed a rich agape and the good company of the Family.
On behalf of the Region we participate Arturo, Lourdes and Inés.
Inés Crespo (Antiguos Alumnos Madrid)
The General Council has appointed Isabel Gómez as the new delegate of the Lay Claretian Movement for the coordination with the Claretian Family. She will be charged by the Council to ensure the presence of the Movement in the coordination areas that are being promoted in the Claretian family, and to encourage the lay claretians in the growth of love, affection and knowledge of all the branches and expressions of our charism.
Married and mother of 3 children, Isabel has been part of the community “Antioquia”, in Seville (Betica region) for 20 years, with which she joined the Movement in 2005. She is a family doctor and director of a health centre in a neighbourhood in need of social transformation. All her life of faith has been linked to the Claretian family both in Don Benito, her native town, and in Seville where she currently resides, maintaining a close relationship with the CMF and RMI missionaries, as well as with Cordimarian Filiation, in which she even has a blood relative.
Isabel replaces Tino Rodríguez, who, for personal reasons, requested to be relieved of this service. The General Council wants to thank Tino for his magnificent work and his dedication to the strengthening of the fraternal bonds of the Movement with the rest of the Claretian family, and to Isabel, for her generosity and availability to develop this service, with which we, the lay Claretians, want to continue growing in communion with all those who accompany us on the journey, sharing the Claretian identity.
Miguel Angel Sosa, General Secretary