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24th Assembly of the Iberian Region

48/2018 – 06 – 07
24th Assembly of the Iberian Region

From June 29 to July 2, 2018, the 24th Assemby of the Carmelite Family of the Iberian Region took place in Tarrassa. It was prepared and coordinated by the Carmelite Province of Catalonia. The theme for reflection was: "Carmel is committed to the care of our common home."

The lectures were given by: Eduardo Agosta, a Carmelite religious from Argentina, who addressed the theme: "The Genesis of Laudato SI" (how we got to this work, why this topic, the global crisis and its structure). With scientific data Eduardo made us reflect on the urgent importance of taking care of our mother earth. José Luis Gutiérrez, a lay Carmelite from Madrid, in his lecture entitled, "Conversion in the midst of the people", encouraged us to take a stand in caring for our common home through with daily gestures that are within reach. Pedagogically and dynamically he made us see the importance of opening ourselves to an authentic conversion, individually and in communally, to be protectors of God's work. Llorenç Puig, SJ, spoke about approaches to Laudato SI from the faith, from three points of view: rupture, eschatological and just. Later he coordinated group work to answer some questions about the motivations that act as resistance to achieving an integral ecology in each of our environments.

The environment of fraternity and communication was evident to all. The celebrations of the Eucharist were led by Fathers, Paco Daza (Bêtica Provincial, Luis Maza (Catolonia Provincial) and the last day by Fr. Desiderio García (ACV Provincial).

The meeting closed in a spirit of joyful renewal, for having experienced Carmelite fraternity and always with the commitment to put into practice all that was offered to us at this meeting, thereby, to make our common home, our Mother Earth, more habitable.

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As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister." 


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