The V Centenary of the Birth of St. Teresa in the Senior Program of the University of Navarra
Today we are in Rio de Janeiro, and there are so many things that have happened since our departure from Ávila that gives me the feeling that's been a month, when they have actually been only 6 days.
The friars, Aurilio, Emerson and Hudson welcomed us in Sao Paulo to take us to the monastery of Aparecida, Tremembe, Jundiaí and the spectacular Monastery of the Mothers of Jabaquara in the heart of Sao Paulo. Also very beautiful the Church Saint. Teresinha, of the fathers in Sao Paulo in a building that for some days we were able to call "home".
Since we arrived in Brazil I would like to highlight two things, the amiability and Carmelite welcome, that ‘per se’ is always very warm augmented, even further, by the Brazilian character. There is always someone with a "suco", water, some candy or small "petisco" to nibble. You can not look in any direction without finding a smile. Somehow, simply you feel at home and happy.
And secondly devotion and surrender of persons, with a strong presence of the seculars in Brazil and many parishioners, the ceremonies become parties, filled with songs and tears of joy. Both in the most solemn masses and vigils, or simply in the little ceremonies of welcome of the cane, here everyone calls "Casado", in any moment all the voices became one to sing melodies that I can’t get out of my head. I think it happens to everyone, we spent the day humming the songs heard hours before.
The Provincial of Saint Joseph- Brazil South West, Frei Cleber Dos Santos, offered a beautiful mass of goodbye to the visit of the cane to Sao Paulo. In a very beautiful homily where he spoke quoting the words of Jesus “To Cesar what is Cesar’s, and to God what is God’s”, in an inspired speech, in which there was no division between the earthly and the divine, on the contrary. And appealing to our responsibility as caretakers of the world. Quoting one of his phrases "the sixth day, After God created man in his image and likeness, he entrusted us with the care of the world, not the domain, because there is only one Lord, God our creator ".
But as always and again, what impresses me most is the joy that accompanies our arrival. The nuns received us with the greatest joy, for them the visit of Staff is more than significant and we explain that it is a great gift but also brings a message and an invitation to continue walking.
Actually at the time of writing this blog, I am thinking many times in front of the screen, evoking faces, people, conversations and I can not express what lived, I'm speechless. I do not find enough superlatives descriptive. The emotion that I witness beyond language. And perhaps only two words I find where you fit everything off: Love and Faith. And this translates into a joy that is something that is costing me describe ... Pure. Pure joy.
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