Here we are at CIL in Week Two. In this international setting (Brothers and associates here from all over the world), we spend each day hearing lectures on topics related to vocations and do some small group work. We also pray and plan liturgies. There is a time for fun such as our Halloween party and our trip to Assisi. One of the highlights was the noon Angelus in the piazza at St. Peter’s on Sunday. We had a good view of the Holy Father, and his message on Zaccheus was inspiring, though in Italian.
The Generalate community has been welcoming and gracious. Tomorrow we celebrate the Spanish Martyrs with a special liturgy and dinner with the Generalate community. They also hosted us last week with a very elegant meal.
My personal favorite thing to do is walk through the hall of the Superior Generals on my way to and from the CIL building. It never fails to inspire awe as I realize that I am here so close to our heritage. I was deeply moved seeing the written vows of the first twelve Brothers in the Archives. I silently renewed my vows and thanked the Lord for my FSC vocation.
Lastly, I am praying for all of you. The relic of the Founder is in the main chapel, and that is where I remember all in the District each day.
-Brother Alan Parham, FSC