It’s Thursday morning, and we have–at last!—finished the Rule revision, save for a few minor proposals to enhance the text. Now we are deciding what still needs to be done before we close down this Chapter on Sunday. Yesterday, I interviewed Brother Ambrose Payne from Australia, who has served as our Chapter Coordinator. He was also on the Rule Revision Commission as well as the Preparatory Commission. I asked him to share his view on GC45 to date:
Well-said, O Fearless Leader! My own group working with Chapter 6: Formation just finished presenting its many articles earlier this morning. We finished right before the coffee break and after a rough afternoon yesterday, we felt very good that most of what we proposed passed. There is a palpable sense of relief now that our major tasks are completed.
We’ll be in “wrap-up mode” the next couple days, especially tomorrow. The Writing Group, yet to be decided, will be charged with finalizing the text for the Rule, which does need be submitted to the Holy See for ultimate approval. The submitted text will be in French, and that definitive text will serve as the text for the English and Spanish translations, along with any other languages.
A nice touch: each morning as we begin our session, and right after prayer, we acknowledge a particular group that has greatly aided our work as capitulants. Monday, as you may recall, it was the translators, Tuesday, the IT and Communications team, yesterday all the members of the Central Community, and today all of the lay employees here st the Generalate.
Last night, we had our final Region-sponsored social. RELAL (Latin America) hosted, and there was no lack of festivity, which included competitions, dancing, and singing. IALU (Lasallian universities) begins next week, so a few familiar faces, who serve as coordinators, have already arrived.
My final blog will be an attempt to tie all this together. What an incredible experience. The key now is to enjoy the time remaining to us. There is much to celebrate!