Seguimos compartiendo vida a través de este blog. Hoy, con doble motivo. En primer lugar, seguimos dando gracias a Dios por la vida entregada de nuestros hermanos mártires de Fernán Caballero, Sigüenza y Tarragona a través de tres testimonios más sobre nuestra peregrinación a la celebración de su beatificación el pasado mes de octubre. Escriben Raju, Jobish y Sarin, tres estudiantes procedentes de India que hace un mes se incorporaron a nuestra comunidad para realizar sus estudios de teología en este contexto fraterno e intercultural. Junto con Rayappa, recién llegado también de India, han comenzado a aprender español, su primer gran reto en este nuevo destino (por eso, de momento, sus testimonios están en inglés). Aprovechamos la ocasión para darles la bienvenida y desearles un gran crecimiento misionero en entre nosotros... En segundo lugar, compartimos unas fotos. De la renovación de votos temporales de Peter, Adrián y Charles, el pasado 23 de octubre, y de la primera salida comunitaria de este año, el 1 de noviembre, en El Escorial. Son momentos significativos de la vida de nuestra casa por los que no cesamos de dar gracias... ¡También con vosotros!
"When I heard about the Martyrs of Barbastro, I was very much impressed. When I realized the ardent Love of our beloved brothers even to the point of giving up their lives, I was shaken. At that time I asked the Lord to give me the grace to visit these blessed Martyrs of Barbastro. But the Lord was so kind to me and generously gave me a wonderful chance to witness the canonization of 522 Martyrs in which 23 are our own claretians. It was a ground breaking event in the history of the Catholic Church and I am happy and glad to have participated in this event. It was really enriching and my words won´t suffice to describe my hearts feelings. May these Martyrs continue to inspire many more souls and intercede for each of us.
Long live Christ the King, long live the Congregation. Thank you".
"The pilgrimage to Tarragona was an authentic experience of encountering the sacrifices of those martyrs. The martyrdom is the most authentic sign of the Church of Jesus Christ: a Church formed by people who are fragile and sinners, but know how to give witness of their vigorous faith and their unconditional love for Jesus Christ, placing before him even their very lives. The insights that I received during my journey to Tarragona are; it helped me to deepen my faith in Jesus, love to martyrs and strive for His Kingdom.
United in prayer and fraternity".
"It was a great pilgrimage for us. We began our journey to Tarragona on 12th of October. We were blessed to attend the beatification of 522 martyrs at Tarragona including 23 claretian martyrs. It was in a stadium crowded by people from different parts of the world People from different places of Spain came with the banners of their own respective martyrs including one from our church in Colmenar Viejo. The main celebrant was Cardinal Angelo Amato, the president of the congregation for the cause of saints. And there were hundreds of cardinals, priests and religious attending the ceremony. We felt love and we were inspired by their readiness of those martyrs to give up their life for Jesus and this was a time of introspection and awakening for us that where are we in our spiritual journey and whether we are able to give up, if not life, but our own petty belongings. We realized that our vocation to priesthood is also a calling to martyrdom and that is how Christ want us to be the ever readiness to give up. And Jesus said: “Anyone who doesn’t take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me”. And these martyrs set before us this example following Christ. Certainly this is a one time in history event and an irrevocable one so we are grateful to our community that they gave us such an opportunity of attending this great ceremony of beatification".
|P. José Manuel (formador), P. Lorenzo (superior de la comunidad)|
y P. José Ramón (formador)
|Renovación de votos de Peter|
|Renovación de votos de Adri|
|Renovación de votos de Charles|