FATHER SIMON-PIERRE ARNOLD IMPARTS TO US HIS WISDOM
At the beginning of this Chapter, we are happy to welcome Fr Simon-Pierre Arnold, Benedictine monk of Belgian origin, living in Peru since many years. He was in charge of a team of theologians of the Latin-American Conference of Religious. He was also director of a center of spirituality and of an institute for studies, research and publications on the andine culture, revealing his commitment to dialogue with cultures and religions.
As we invited Fr Arnold to help us to journey together, we proposed three guidelines to help us to reflect:
Fr Arnold responded beyond our expectations as he filled his talks with personal experiences and such an ardent heart. Enlivened sharing from personal witnessing and insights often inspired by the life of Montfort and Marie-Louise followed around the tables and in the large group. Fr Arnold, a modern prophet, invites each one of us to live like a “wise woman who is an optimistic improviser who relies on her life experience to risk creating, doubting, and starting over again and again”. It is what our Founders were and did, their charism “residing in the mystical expression that flows from the passionate following of Jesus. ‘Love and do as you please’, said Saint Augustine.”
Titles of his talks:
Thank you, Fr Arnold, for sharing your wisdom with us. It is now up to us to live a vision full of hope as disciple of Jesus for the world today.
Elements of Fr Simon-Pierre Arnold’s conferences can be found in his books.
Dieu derrière la porte: La foi au-delà des confessions
Au risqué de Jésus-Christ: Une relecture des voeux
La foi sauvage