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                                                                                      August 6, 2013 
CLC XVI WORLD ASSEMBLY- BEIRUT, LEBANON... 
July 30 to August 8, 2013
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Theme: From our Roots to the Frontiers
"This is my son, The Beloved. Listen to what He says"(Mk 9,7)

With this theme, we intend to bridge the time from our inception as a 

lay Ignatian community till the present time - and our 450th anniversary 

which we will celebrate in 2013. We will reflect on the journey we have traveled together, especially since Itaici 1998, during which we confirmed our identity as a lay apostolic body. In addition, we affirm and explore our desire to respond to the signs of the time, ready to 

cross borders and touch new frontiers. 

 

 World 
CLC General 
Assembly here

 

DAY 8
CLC Canada's Delegates
MARY BALFE, PRESIDENT    LEANNE SALEL, YA
MaryLeanne Salel

 

CLC/CVX 16th World Assembly - Day 8: Feast of the Transfiguration. 

 

Theme:  Touching new frontiers and enthusiastically renew our response to God's call

 

Reflections from English Canada

 

In Elaine Nightingale's reflection this morning, she likened our journey thus far to cycling up a mountain, and encouraging us that we are now close to the top.  Leanne is feeling like she did the first time she ran a  marathon- at around kilometre 30 of 42 and just focusing on getting to that next water station!    There has been much to absorb and process, and many late nights filled with after-hour socials, meetings and sending reflections back home.   That said, there has been so much richness in the process. 

 

Fr. Pedro Walpole S.J. of South East Asia addressed the Assembly on the third Assembly priority, Ecology. His work has recently been in land management around issues of landslides. The central theme shared was of  reconciliation : with creation, neighbour and God.

 

Fr. Pedro spoke of starting with a deep sense of gratitude for the gift of all life. He said sustainability is an exercise of the heart, going deeper than the facts and calling forth a genuine change in attitude, redirecting the carbon and poverty footprints of our generation. It is time for us to reconcile with Creation....to embrace poverty and beauty together through families where we speak what it is to be alive.  Quoted from the handout are possible guidelines for "ecological conversion":

 

"Our Environmental Way of Proceeding

1. We acknowledge the Creator of Life and find some quiet time each day to appreciate this with gratitude.

 

2. We as a family seek to reflect and speak about what we experience and discern our relationship with our responsibility for the earth's natural systems.

 

3. We recognize that young people we see today inherit this living world as we now choose to sustain it by finding God at work in all things and actively seek to engage them.

 

4. We reach out in hope in poor who are increasingly loving their livelihoods and ecological sustainability and incorporate their concerns in our care for the web of life.

 

5. We support good actions in contemporary culture and explore needed alternatives with decision, partnering with others in order to broaden our capacity to transform environmental attitudes and relations.

 

6. We seek the greater good of finding how people can work with the gifts of creation; we love life as a mission, to heal and share with others the fullness of life.

 

7. We accept the challenge of living sustainably in the world.

 

The converted heart will seek expression through: our institution and lifestyles, formation of young people and pastoral programs and governance of natural and mineral resources.  The spiritual and social invitation above will move the ecology strategy and relationship with water, land, life and people.

 

We are encouraged to "clean up our act first", that is, to change within, continue to learn and be prepared to advocate.  "You can only see into the future with faith, hearts of hope and hands of commitment."  Fr. Pedro, we are ready to commit with the hearts and energy of a 25 year old, just like you asked!

 

We went to our small groups which each produced two sentences on what touched us.  An example of the fruit of one group:

 

  We in CLC desire to make a heartfelt shift to live simply and authentically voice the reconciliation of all creation.

With wisdom and gratitude and personal witness, we stand with the marginalized poor through formation, and advocacy for a fair economic system.

 

It was refreshing to have the writing team address the Assembly and clarify that it is the Assembly that will make recommendations for the team.  To this point, the team has not been writing yet; rather they have been attentive to the movements of frustration, passion and resistance within the body.  We responded to two questions: What tone/tempo/flavour  do we want expressed in the text?   What must be in the text?  On the first point, some responses included: gratitude, the colour of hope, at the heart, witness, horizon of prophesy, accessible, freshness.   As for important text in the Final Document:  compassion with Christ, simple way of living, sanctification of everyday life, "we have to love what we do", wisdom, reconciliation with creation, love and openness, awareness, united in diversity, universal, the Ignatian tools, global superficiality....It was a wonderful experience to be part of the process.

 

Daniela and Chris unfolded with us an initial framework to express our Apostolic Body: who we are and what we do as an Apostolic Body. We determined together several additions and broke into groups for additional sharing. From these thoughtful conversations among diverse members there will be eventual identification of priorities.

 

P.S.: Hurray Australia for introducing the book The First Spiritual Exercises, by Michael Hansen, which is based on the 18th Annotation and is available for purchase.  



NEA FR. CHARLES POTTIE, SJ

Hello all,

Fr Charles
     Another full day! I got a little surprise last night. The secretary who is looking after the rooms said there was a free room I could take (actually it was Fr. Nicolas' room and he had left yesterday morning)! My life in the linen closet was finished!  I had a great sleep in a comfortable bed. Thanks be to God for small blessings....

 

    Our morning prayer was led by the Asian delegation. We were to have input on the last of the three `frontiers` - on Ecology. The grace was to be able to appreciate that we are co-creators with God of his creation.   There was a video with some beautiful scenes of nature, then contrasted with pictures of what we have done by our misuse of creation.  

 

    Our main speaker today was Fr. Pedro Walpole, Sj  who works and has worked extensively in this field. He lives in Philippines, I believe. Title of this talk: Poverty, Creation, Evolutionary Frontier of Ignatian Ecological Commitment.  He had like an Irish accent, so he might be originally Irish. But not sure. But he spoke clearly, gently but with great intensity. He didn`t go into a kind of `apocalyptic` language about what we`re doing to creation. But spoke of the theology and spirituality of our call to care for the creation with love, with God`s love who created our beautiful world.  He didn`t mince words but it was always an invitation to respond in gratitude to what we have received by God`s graciousness. Gratitude was key to his talk. Only when we are truly grateful for what we have received in creation will we be moved to do loving actions of service for creation, neighbour, God.  He talked as well of `reconciliation and healing` that was necessary. He spoke of Christ as New Creation and that we are work with him in bringing this about in our world.  He gave us a lot of good examples.....but he said:  if you don`t love what you doing to be stewards of creation, don`t do it! It`s just obligation or ideology.  God`s creation is much more precious than just doing it out of duty. 

 

    I was very happy with this presentation. Some found it heavy but I liked the perspective he brought to it.  We had questions after the talk then time for personal prayer and an of group sharing. We ended the morning with a plenary session, bringing two main points from the group.

One point our group made was: to pray with the Principle and Foundation and the Contemplation to gain love  in the Exercises of 'St. Ignatius  in a context and perspective of ecological concerns.

 

    The afternoon session was more stressful. The World ExCo brought to the whole Assembly what they were hearing during the Assembly, namely a search for `depth` level and `openness` to the frontiers. Then we were asked to complement these topics,  to round them out and develop them, as it were.  Then we met in small language groups and around some of the topics, asking ourselves: where is God directing this Assembly for the next 5 years.  It was a little more `unstructured` but we had good small group sharings. We reported on them before the evening Eucharist (led by the Asian delegation).

    The Eucharist was very prayerfully done with songs in Chinese, Japanese. The Japanese Jesuit gave the homily - connecting the feast of the Transfiguration and the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. Those two events are such a contrast - Christ`s transfiguration is a sign of hope; the bombing with atomic bomb of Hiroshima a devastating moment in human history and a  transfiguration of the earth that we are still affected by....

 

    This evening we had a simple review of the day with some Taize chants. Then at 9:30 pm the candidates for the new World ExCo were introduced and we were left to mill around and meet them more informally.

 

    An intense day but the group seems to be still upbeat.  Fr. Tony da Silva. SJ who gave us the talk on Collaboration  said this Assembly reminded him of the last General Congregation in Rome. He was quite impressed with how things were unfolding.

 

    So that's it for today....

 

   Blessings on all..

 

   Charles  

 

 

PHOTOS TAKEN BY FR CHARLES POTTIE-PATE
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World Assembly Process Guide
Elaine Nightingale
                
         Elaine Nightingale, Companions, Toronto

CLC Canada holds a special place in our hearts 
for Elaine as she answers her 'yes' for 
Christian Life Community World!
Assembly Objectives
  1. To gratefully remember our roots and how we have been guided over the centuries.
  2. To deepen our self-understanding as a Lay Apostolic Body.
  3. To touch the new frontiers that challenge and beckon us today.
  4. To enthusiastically renew our response to God's call.

 

 
Prayer for our Lebanon Assembly

 

Heavenly Father, you offer us Jesus, your Beloved Son, and ask us to listen to Him. 

 In response to this gift, we the members of the Christian Life Community commit ourselves to following Jesus more closely and working with Him 

to build your Kingdom.

O Lord, our World Assembly at Lebanon is part of a long and rich history

which you have bequeathed to us.  Today, your Spirit invites us to be present 

at the ever changing frontiers of faith and justice.  Relying on the intercession 

of the Virgin Mary Our Lady of Lebanon and St. Ignatius, we seek to deepen our 

identity and act effectively as a Lay Apostolic Body in the Church.  May your 

love and grace empower us along this journey.     

O God of Love, we ask your Blessings of Peace upon the whole world and especially upon the region of the Middle East.  Illuminate the hearts of your children; free us from all bitterness and strife; guide our steps along the paths of Peace. 

Almighty God, we entrust our CLC World Assembly to your loving providence.  

Eternal Father, confirm us. Eternal Son, confirm us, Eternal Spirit, confirm us.  

Most Holy Trinity, confirm us. Amen.  



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