Looking for the words
We boarded in the plane with the image, still fresh in the retina, of the Mass of opening of the Centenary in front of the Avila walls; with the echoes of the touching farewell between the images of Saint Teresa and the Virgin of Charity, that each year closes the celebration of the Saint.
In a flight, we changed from the autumn of Avila to the spring of Brazil. To the heart of Brazil: Sao Paulo, financial and industrial center, the vast metropolis of skyscrapers and traffic; but before, to Aparecida, the sanctuary of the Virgin Mary, the spiritual heart of this vast country. A growing country, and a young church, dynamic, full of life and vocations.
At night, we got to the first Carmel that shelters us, the one in Aparecida. It is a warm night of welcome, illuminated with the love of the sisters and the persons that participate in the vigil of prayer. In the following days and in new convents we will find similar scenes, but can not be used: it is a new emotion, because the appreciation of each person, the emotion of each community is unique.
In Brazil, they consider the cane of Saint Teresa as a crozier, as a support in her path and also in her labor of conducting the Discalced Carmel, of guiding us through the ways of the meeting with God. As a background of pastoral note we listened, in Rio de Janeiro, the voice of Pope Francis on Youth Day, calling to evangelize our world. And with her, the one of Teresita, that one year ago reunited in the carioca city 1000 young persons of the Carmel, under a word : "I want to travel the world announcing your name".
We are starting this Path of Light. This illusion grows with the one of the communities that we find, and we hope that the visit of this cane will be for many people a starting point, a boost to the start of the Centenary, a word that cheers. That it will be like this every day, as Mother Teresa reminds us: “Now we start, and strive to advance always starting from good to better " (Foundations, 29, 32).
F. Antonio González
Path of Light