SECOND WEEK 28 October – 2 November
Our second week unfolded well … Fr. Carlos del Valle Garcia svd spoke to us about the Formation of the Heart … a formation to interiority. He presented the theme by giving us his description of a religious today: a religious is someone whose heart has been evangelized by the person of Jesus Christ. He highlighted the importance of evangelizing our human senses, through the practice of contemplating the Word of God. As formators, we must be the first to form our hearts in this way in order to be able to help those who come to us. He said: “The most beautiful gift we can give to our Congregation is a good heart”.
Our very own Sister Marie du Christ Gaucherand, helped us deepen the spiritual heritage we have received from Blessed Marie Rivier who was formed in the French School of Spirituality. She highlighted some aspects of our spiritual heritage as it was lived and treasured by Marie Rivier herself. To name some of these: love for Jesus Christ, His Cross, His Mother, the spirit of zeal, prayer and adoration, her sense of the glory and the greatness of God. Her reflections helped us deepen the spirituality behind these values which, as formators, we have the responsibility to pass on to the future generations.
Our day spent reflecting on our Spirituality and Charism challenged us to live in fidelity the Charism which Marie Rivier received from God. This Charism, this fire, is the force that urges us to live our identity as PM’s, bearers of Jesus Christ’s presence to our world today. We ended this day, the last day of October, with a special Marian procession and the prayer of the rosary.
We ended this second week by praying Vespers and the rosary together.