It’s late Monday afternoon here in Rome. Once again, it is a national holiday in Italy, this time, Republic Day. And once again, your faithful capitulants are hard at work! I do feel bad for the four delegates from Italy, who would otherwise have the day off. Of course, we Americans worked last Monday, Memorial Day.
One of the nice things that happened at the beginning of our session today was a formal salute to all of our translators. Without their invaluable help, this chapter could not happen. They were all called to the front, and Bro. Paulo Petry, the new Councilor representing RELAL read a glowing tribute to them.
Last Saturday—and this still amazes me—we approved three chapters of the Rule. Now, you need to know that we don’t simply approve an entire chapter at once. Rather, we have to officially approve each article, which either represents a constitution or a statute. For example, the chapter on “Consecrated Life”, which we finished today, has about 25 articles that we had to approve. Each one is formally read, explained, and then we do an electronic vote. Our chapter on formation is especially long. The original draft had 101 articles! We have reduced it to about 60, but that’s still a lot. In fact, because it is so long, our group actually worked most of yesterday just to get it done, which means, dear reader, that many of us have not had a day off since Sunday, May 25. So, you are definitely getting your “money’s worth” out of this capitulant! In fact, several of us from my group decided to get off campus and have dinner together last evening. Good choice! The only condition: no one talks about The Rule—in any language!
So, at the end of today, we have now approved five chapters. We have five to go in the next few days, which means, that we have a very good chance of finishing by Thursday of this week. I would never have guessed that a week ago! We are plugging away, trusting that the Spirit is at work. Even though we have Chapter 6 of the Rule, our group will be the last one to present, because we have such a lengthy chapter and so many articles.
So, the end is in sight! A week from now, I’ll be on my way back to Chicago. We officially end GC45 on Sunday. Might we actually have some “down time” late this week? As the Spanish would say, “ojalá”.
I decided to make my most recent interview with one of the Young Brother capitulants a bit more challenging for at least some of you. Bro. Arsenio is from Spain, and knows very little English, so he spoke in Spanish about his experience as a delegate. (Sorry, no translation provided; you are on your own!)
Bro. Arsenio was in my working group and I can see why Bro Alvaro chose him and the other Young Brothers here as appointed delegates. It is very good to have their youthful energy and zeal. We are blessed!
On we go….keep those prayers coming, please.