This morning the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hour were celebrated in French, presided over by Fr. Clément Boke Mpamfila, whos homily is said in Portuguese. He commented on the episode of manna in the desert in the Old Testament, then relate it to Jesus in the Gospel. It is precisely in this text, from the land of the Egypt (exodus episode), that it is left clear what Jesus will emphasize in his famous speech in the synagogue of Capernaum: it is not Moses who gave the people the manna, but the Father. And it is from Him, through Christ his Son, that we receive the true bread that comes from heaven - Christ the Lord, in the Eucharist: as a Word and as a Bread. And wheat is also spoken of in the gospel reading: wheat and weeds mixed in the field, which the Good Father allows them to grow together, as it is also happening in the world and not only in the field of parable.
Fr. Clément celebrated the Mass in French because he is Congolese; but he is currently working with Fr. Benjamin Insoni Nzemé and the deacon Jean-Banika Kayaba Masoka (of Congo-Kinshasa also) in the Lord's camp in Mozambique, where the official language is Portuguese. Therefore, the Word of God was announced in this language.
In the morning session, the minutes prepared by each of the four working groups or workshops were read and heard, then discussed. Each group had prepared on its assigned subject a limited number (5) of propositions, which will then be brought together in summary in the final domument. The debate has been tight and sometimes very lively, as is expected from this Chapter.
From various parts of the world, from ten countries particularly, using different languages, even having different philosophies but certainly having one faith and charism proper to all present in the Chapter, wisdom comes out: for this reason we always pray to the Holy Spirit and Mary, mother of Wisdom, at the beginning of each segment jobs.
In the afternoon, however, several committees met in separate locations: the committee for the final document, the secretariat group, headed by Fr. Giuseppe Moni, Secretary-General and the Chapter (the minutes and other documents are read and approved regularly. ); the chair of the chapter formed by President Fr. Pietro Fietta and the two moderators Fr. Manoel R.P. Rosa and Fr. Alvise Bellinato: and a special committee that is responsible for writing various letters, messages and other documents. There's one for everyone. Not to mention this modest group of M.C.S. that does not meet but acts... in the shadows, via computer science and technology, writing, translating, and posting. For the benefit, we hope for those who read, and always asking that the prayer of those who access the site accompany us and obtain more and more the grace of the Holy Spirit, the closer we get to the most important stages of this six-year term. To all, the affectionate greetings of the 35th General Chapter.
In the afternoon we had some free time At 19:00 we sang the vespers and finished the work with dinner.
We are walking in an atmosphere of harmony, respect and fraternity.
Professione Perpetua del religioso Julio Bolívar Rosero Guillén, CSCh.