Meeting of perpetual youth in Tenerife

From April 4 to 8, the meeting of perpetual young people took place and we were able to meet in La Laguna Tenerife, welcomed by the community of the Nazaret Residence.

We enjoyed the beauty of the island that enjoys very diverse landscapes, from the sea of Güímar, the tourist city of Puerto de la Cruz, the Teide volcano, Vilaflor (the birthplace of Santo Hermano Pedro) and Candelaria, where we were able to pray to the feet of the Virgin of Candelaria, patron saint of the island.

The communities of Güímar and Los Realejos welcomed us so that we could get to know the “Santo Domingo” and “Nazaret” schools and we spent two pleasant afternoons in which the joy and expressions of affection from the sisters were not lacking.

We began the formation meetings contemplating the scene of Bethany to let ourselves be touched by Jesus, accompanied by the different personalities of Mary, Martha and Lazarus, his friends. Willing to live these days of formation to the fullest and let ourselves be touched deeply, we discussed the following topics:

  1. The spiritual accompaniment. With M. Montserrat and M. Mª Ángeles we work on the four pillars of spiritual accompaniment, its rules and the steps of spiritual conversation.
  2. The different types of abuse. We were able to become aware, with Basilio Álvarez (CMF) of the current situation of abuses by analyzing data, listening to testimonies and clarifying the different types. We discover false beliefs and how to create safe spaces, activities and relationships.
  3. The reconciliation. With Elias López (SJ) we discussed the issue of reconciliation, synodality, the phases of community relations and what to do in the face of the polarization of ideas, emphasizing the importance of community discernment to build mature communities committed to being ambassadors of the reconciliation.

We ended the meeting with the commitment to care for and accompany more deeply the people who have been entrusted to us in our missions, as well as to take steps to connect with our source of life, grow in the love of God and better understand and care for our communities.

We say goodbye thanking M. Montserrat for calling us, the gift of vocation in Nazareth and the path traveled together in these years.

Hna. Annarita Russo


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