Section: Who Are We : General Chapter

AUGUST 5-6 2018


FATHER SIMON-PIERRE ARNOLD IMPARTS TO US HIS WISDOM

Communication Chapter

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:

  • To better understand religious life in today’s context.
  • Help us revisit our vows and our option for Christ for a more radical commitment to mission in link with the theme of the Chapter “Love without borders!”
  • Help us revisit our option for Christ in line with our charism and spirituality missioning us to the poor.

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:

  • Is there a future for Consecrated Life?
  • Come close to the source of living water.
  • “Buen Vivir” or Living Better?
  • Providence is the hands of the poor.
  • Wisdom and “Buen Vivir”: a project both old and new.

 

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

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