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Meeting of the brothers of the 4th stage

On 12 November, 2021 a meeting of the brothers of the 4th stage took place by videoconference. The meeting was prepared by the team of formators for the 4th stage and the general commission for Initial Formation.  The meeting was hosted by Raúl Pariamachi sscc.

The theme for the meeting was: “Chastity, Poverty and Obedience in an Outgoing Church”.

In his presentation Raul reflected on the vows in the light of the ministry of Pope Francis: chastity as seen from the angle of universal fraternity (Const. Art. 22,4 and Fratelli Tutti Chaps. 3-7); poverty seen from the angle of integral ecology (Const. Art. 25,2 and Laudato Si Chap. 6);  obedience seen from the angle of a synodal Church (Const. 37,1 and Preparatory Document for the Synod 2021-2023).  This was followed by a very interesting dialogue based on the following questions:

“The arrival of different people becomes a gift: at global and local levels".  How does our experience compare in welcoming others as a gift?  

How can we step outside out of ourselves and reach out to others out of our woundedness? 

What is our identity as a congregation in dialogue with others?  How can we change our habits drawing from Christian spirituality?

14 brothers in the 4th stage of formation took part in the meeting. There were 3 translators for the three languages (English, Spanish, French), 1 speaker, 1 guest and 4 from the team of formators.  In all there was a total of 23 participants.