Participants: Br Giueseppe Accomazzo, Michel Barbut, Gérard Berne, Br Teodoro Berzal, Br Pierino Dotti, Annamaria Gaidano, Br Carlo Ivaldi, Régis Malfroy, Annamaria et Bruno Montini, Stéphane Noël, Br Simon Ouedraogo, Lina et Luciano Perin, Eric Pireyre, Br Robert Ruffier, Giuliana Vitali.
After the meeting and the joy of being together, we give news of those who could not come, but
who have assured us of their communion. Gabriele’s presence lives in the house that unites us. After a prayer of adoration by Gabriel Taborin, who puts us in the presence of God, we exchange ourselves in the light of the encyclicals Lumen gentium and Gaudate et exultate, on Living as a Prophet. It is the Spirit who makes us individually responsible, is at our side and helps us. The “middle class of holiness” or “holiness of the next door” is the next with which we come into daily contact in our work, occupations and leisure activities. There are no extraordinary things! Joseph reminds us that the prophet is not the one who announces the future, but the one who speaks, the one who testifies. Everyone is called to be a witness.
The mission and prophetic vocation of the Nazarene fraternity is to be fully male or female in the family and in the Church. Theodore points out that to canonize someone one does not look at the gifts of the person but at the heroism of his virtues. We must be committed to respecting, honoring and developing a fraternal lifestyle. Stéphane indicates that a letter of episcopal and congregational mission is a daily commitment to take care of the students and the social mix desired by Brother Marc. Reflection has enabled us to open up to others and to the poorest. A financial programme has been drawn up to help the most disadvantaged people. With our little means as human beings, we try to live the charism of Gabriel Taborin.
For a brother of the Holy Family, being a prophet means deepening the spirit of family in the simplicity, welcome and openness to all. The mission of the religious is to bear witness to the fraternity. Involved in the scholarship, what unites us? We are able to grasp what Gabriel Taborin is leaving us? Let us ask the Lord to open our hearts. Franca tells us that the Church needs prophets, men of hope, men of sharing of joys and sorrows. At the end of the morning, we go to the cathedral to reflect and pray at Brother Gabriel’s tomb.
After a convivial meal, we exchange gifts and souvenirs. What a joy to see Brother Nizier show beautifully on his 99th birthday!
Brother Theodore, showed us the house that the religious had just purchased from the community.
occupied at the time of the founder. It will make it possible to restructure the archive and better accommodate visitors and pilgrims.
At 2 pm we resumed exchanges and discussed the history and origins of the fraternities. In Italy, from 1991, the fraternity was born of lay people who wanted to live the charism. There is a desire for fraternity, and Brother Theodore is the first to undertake the process of fraternity. It was in 1993 that the Fraternity was born with lay people who believe in the sanctity of the founder Gabriel. In the heart of the province Lauretana, we reflected to study the situation of her brother today: vocation, mission, charism, spirituality. How can our presence in the Church today give life to this gift of the Spirit ? The community of friars considers the fraternity with a positive look, with tenderness, as a precious gift for the Church. The friars do not see the succession and their number arrive is declining, there are ten or so in France and twenty or so in Italy. However, what is the place for the FSF? In the Church of today? It is in humility that we must find our identity in a church in different evolution. It is up to us to reflect and evolve to ensure our mission in today’s world.
Brother Francsico Cabrerizo, called Paco, is the coordinator of the General Direction of the Nazarene Fraternities. It accompanies us on this 25th anniversary.
Unfortunately, the brothers sometimes lacked listening to and accompanying the fraternities. You make yourself I realize that these gifts are special and should never be lost. In South America, members there have shown the example of Christians in the Church, linked to a religious community. It is essential and It is vital to continue to ask the Spirit to send workers to gather.
Stéphane underlines an important axis, that of joy, of the joy of finding oneself again, of joy of the joy shared among the various members of the educational community. During meetings international, we feel concretely part of the same family. We work to organize sales for the benefit of the poorest and neediest. We like to develop all that enriches and nourishes this sense of family. Brothers and lay people, we need each other. The Fraternity of Lyon has 16 years of existence, its specificity is that it has many more teachers than Parents or former parents.
Theodore highlights the diversity of situations in the fraternities at the world level.
At present 190 members are associated with a commitment before a provincial or one of its members.
representative. 500 members are spiritually involved without committing themselves like the first mentioned.
Why are there no Oblates of the Holy Family? The members of the FSF are lay religious, therefore they are not we will create a clerical function.
Eric says the importance of joint actions, model meetings with the participation and support of partners or committed members. If Joëlle makes the Christian community live inside Charles de Foucauld, the fraternity through capillarity brings its help to the fulfilment of its mission as Church.
The statutes of the fraternities provide for strict rules or actions. Someone could say: “Don’t me I feel able to follow such demanding rules. They were conceived and written by brothers. But they are legally necessary to structure things.
Pierino thinks there are prescriptions, but Theodore moderates or differs by saying that in reality in this commitment he does not make any commitment, except to live in his environment a way of being. The training time of a week or a year cannot correspond to a mother in a family. It is enough to love and live in order with one’s conscience and faith.
Carlo adds that the meeting is a living thing, it is necessary to give life to the fraternities to know each other.
best. It is better to talk about it all together so that we can help others. The social work we do at the same time it nourishes and makes the fraternity grow within our community. For Eric, it’s imperative to witness, say who we are and what our life plan is if we want to ensure the mission of
evangelization which is our responsibility. We dare, we are not afraid. Our presence real and active, humble and discreet within the school complex, is desired during the meals of solidarity, the Olympics, the Eucharistic celebrations. Why not think about an activity or about an animation proposed and directed by the members of the fraternity?
A brochure should be produced containing information relevant to taborian family life, with the addresses of the members of the fraternities of the province of Lauretana. It could be
inserted after that of the brothers of the Holy Family. This would allow us to get to know each other better and to communicate, wish us festivities and birthdays….
We conclude our meeting with a Our Father.
3:15 We greet each other amidst kisses and fraternal embraces. I thank you all for this brief but enriching meeting. Thank you very much to the brothers of Belley for their welcome and to Martine: she is the cook like indicated on your apron !
Fraternally
Gérard et Michel ; translation: Nicole