Did you say “exercise”?

Everyone, no matter their age, recognizes that exercise is good.  If we stay strictly withthe meaning of the word exercise, from Latin “exercitium”, it has to do with “the art of regular or repeated use of a faculty or bodily organ or bodily exertion for the sake of developing and maintaining physical fitness”.  These verbs refer to the practice of an activity, an art form, a job or a profession.  I recognize that I have been hard to convince of its more profound meaning, maybe because I am an active person, maybe due to the “activism” of Western society, or because of my own education.  I was taught about prayer, but I wasn’t taught the exercise of prayer.  I studied plenty theology, but no one helped me to digest it…  The truth is that in my own pastoral service, during quite a long time, I have studied a lot, and garnered a lot of information in order to transmit this knowledge in an active pedagogical manner. Recently I have gained consciousness regarding my conviction that I must first “exercise” that is, to take on whatever I learn and internalize it, in order to later transmit this knowledge to others. Continue reading Did you say “exercise”?

(Español) Convivencia del Grupo español. Agosto 2018

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Hace un mes, entre el 5 y el 11 de agosto, tuve la suerte de vivir un encuentro en compañía de otras veintiséis personas, en el Monasterio de la Estrella, ubicado en el centro de la comunidad autónoma de La Rioja.

Cultivar la interioridad ha sido el primer objetivo que hemos vivido. Partiendo de mi realidad cotidiana y compartiéndola con el resto he podido adentrarme en cuan superficiales son mis relaciones conmigo mismo, con los que viven a mi alrededor y con Dios, al tiempo que el compartir nos ha ayudado a constatar las dificultades externas e internas que permiten conocernos en profundidad y hacernos conscientes de nuestra realidad más íntima y de nuestras aspiraciones. Continue reading (Español) Convivencia del Grupo español. Agosto 2018

Spirituality Prevails Over Pastoral

Usually, the idea of an ecclesial renewal begins with any number of pastoral activities.  Our service in Movement for a Better World, has contributed, in the past, to the renewal of the Church and has fostered projects for a more just and fraternal-sororal society. In the mid-eighties, last century, the Promoting Group, made an option to design projects to renew the pastoral in a global and integral manner, first of the parish, then religious life, and later youth and family.  Later, the dioceses as a whole were included among the renewal projects.

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To all the sisters and brothers members of the South Korean Group


We are pleased with the step that has taken place between the two Koreas: from the truce to the pact of peace.
We recognize that the road ahead is arduous and complex since it is an international conflict which arose a long time ago.

With all our heart we wish that, with the help of the Spirit of the Lord, you may reach PEACE.

Thanks to those who have made it possible!
Congratulations to North Korea and South Korea, to all peoples who seek peace!
We hope all the axes are buried and forests of harmony may grow and we can live as brothers, equal and free!
We can not stop dreaming, believing and creating.

May the Promoting Group of Movement for a Better World
feel more and more encouraged to be a Peacebuilder,
from justice and mercy.

Experiencing our own “daily life”

What does “daily life” have to do with the Signs of the Times?  What does it have to do with God?  What does it have to do with who I am and what I do and want from life? What does it have to do with the reality that our country is experiencing at this moment in time?

If we just answer rapidly, we would say that “nothing”; that our “routine” or what we experience “day-by-day” is one thing, and that the rest of what we go through is something totally different. That was my first thought when I experienced the Itinerary of the “Signs of the Times – A shared listening of reality”. However, with each one of the itineraries (this one and others), I realize that “daily life” does have a lot to do with everything.

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COEXISTENCE OF THE SPANISH GROUP

We, the Spanish group, have celebrated a Coexistence from December 7 to 10 in Madrid. It has been very gratifying and fruitful days, as always. We have shared life, hopes, concerns, prayers, ideas and even cooking recipes.

The meeting was very special with the integration to the group of two marriages, which has been an injection of strength and courage: Mª José and Bernat, and Luisi and Antonio.
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Discerning the Signs of Times

One of the things that most caught my attention when I arrived at the Better World Service for Animation was “The Reading of the Signs of the Times”.  Those were the first years of my priesthood, my mind still full with “theologies”; it was a true novelty to feel myself included in a group to read reality from a critical consciousness.  I still remember the dynamics:  gather facts and happenings, organize them in groups of events, carry out a prophetic discernment in light of the Word of God, and finally make a commitment.

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