The sessions of the second day blended well with the prayer of this morning: “Do this in memory of me.” The three topics addressed on the second day were Religious Life as Prophetic, Being an Adult Christian in God’s Household and Today’s Missionary Landscape
In the first session Diarmuid O’ Murchu, explored with the group the prophetic dimension of religious life. Tracing the history of the prophetic call, back to the OT Prophets and to Jesus, he showed us how the new understanding of our prophetic call today needs to be seen, more as communal than personal. In this context, the Christian Brothers were affirmed for jointly witnessing to this new evolving understanding, now made visible in the vision of Journeying Together and the practical efforts being made to live in a new way. The liminal role of the prophet today was described as a commitment to being counter cultural to the values of power and domination, speaking the word prophetically, criticizing in order to energize, keeping alive the hope through the power of imagination, going the extra mile no matter what the cost, and networking for effective action and radical transformation.
In the session, Today’s Missionary Landscape O’ Murchu, shared with the group the evolving understanding of being a missionary over the years. He proposed a downward up or an incarnational and inclusive model of missionary involvement, that begins with experience, followed by dialogue and story, a way that involves discernment, building communities of empowerment, leading to a joint effort at global transformation. We are invited to take into account the missionary horizon’s for the 21stcentury while planning for future ministries. Taking up ministries that involve systemic change, eco-justice, reconciliation and healing, working with people suffering the plight of social dislocation and discerning, empowering, befriending and partnering with the lay missionary of the future is a way of living liminally in our present times.
The day ended with a bread and wine ritual where the community of 32 Christian Brothers gathered to break the word of their lives by celebrating the miracles that daily touch our lives and by sharing bread and wine in a fellowship meal.