Together We Make God Visible In the World: A Diary of the Community Planning

JustineBro. Yustinus, sx

“Community is like a large mosaic. Each little piece seems so insignificant. One piece is bright red, another cold blue or dull green, another warm purple, another sharp yellow, another shinning gold. Some look precious, others ordinary. Some look valuable, others worthless. Some look gaudy, others delicate. As Individual stones, we can do little with them except compare them and judge their beauty and value. When, however, all these little stones are brought together in one big mosaic portraying the face of Christ, who would ever question the importance of any one of them? If one of them, even the least spectacular one is missing, the face becomes incomplete. “Together in one mosaic, each little stone is indispensable and makes a unique contribution to the glory of God. That’s community, a fellowship of little people who together make God visible in the world” (Henri J.M. Nouwen).

Henri Nouwen’s reflection above somehow describes very well the reality and the goal of our Community. Every year, before the beginning of the academic year, we take some days of reflection and sharing in order to pave our journey: what we would like to focus on and the goal we would like to reach during the year. After a long summer and the vacation of some of us in our own countries, from August 3 to 6 we gathered for the community planning of the academic year 2015-2016.

On the first day, we started by sharing about summer time experiences. Those who spent the vacation in their respective families shared with us about how they have enjoyed their presence among their parents, relatives and friends; and on behalf of those who remained in the community, Brother Maurice Fokam spoke about what was going on in the community during summer. The sharing on vacation was followed by the inspiring and touching reflectionof Fr. Aldo on “Discipleship and Docibilitas”. He reminded us of the importance of becoming aware of who we are and what we are called to be. He highlighted that in a xaverian community, anyone who wants to find his vocation must not fix his eyes on himself, but he must look instead at the necessities of the mission, ready to lose himself, to be sent as an apostle of Jesus Christ, in spirit of total self-giving for the Kingdom.

Inspired by this reflectionand having a sharing on it, we came out with this theme “Disciples of Jesus in the community for the mission.” The theme of “Mercy”is also to be emphasized in our journey since we are going to start a Jubilee of Mercy decreed by Pope Francis. Defined the theme and the biblical icon of our journey “you did not choose me, I chose you”.We continued working on the priorities of our Community project of Life.

The second day was dedicated for the six dimensions (Human face of the Xaverian, Contemplative, Community, Academic, Apostolic and Incarnation and solidarity dimension) of our community life that are the means and moments through which to reach our goal and put into practice the priorities. They express in detail and in concrete way our daily life and activities. The community was divided is three groups, each group worked on two dimensions.

Xaverian Community 2015-2016In the morning of the third day, we were enriched by the presence of Frs. James and Aimé who came to talk to us about the pastoral organization of the Saint Francis Xavier Parish in Maligaya, especially where our presence could be more needed. Quoting Pope Francis, Fr. Aime’ reminded us the first commandment of the Parish life: Closeness. Based on this commandment, the two Fathers encouraged us to reach out and get closer to the people. In other words, our community is like a mosaic called to make visible the closeness of God to the world. In the afternoon of this day we finished working on the dimensions.

On the last day, we ended our community planning by assigning community responsibilities and tasks to each brother and choosing Brother Elvis Ndihokubwayo as the coordinator of the community activities.

We have spent this moment in an atmosphere of fraternity, joy and hope for the future that is before us. With trust and determination we start our journey of this year, convinced that we are not alone, the risen Lord is journeying with us as He did with disciples of Emmaus.

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