The Triune Brain

The morning Eucharist took the theme of identity where the three-fold dimensions of “I am”, “I have” and “I can” formed the backdrop for the liturgy.  Then, the group broke into the formators and leaders where each group discussed how identity impinged on both formators and leaders.

Michael Maguire then introduced the idea of the triune brain where the reptilian brain, he explained, deals with safety, while the mammalian brain allows us welcome and cared for as well as enabling us to care for others.  Then, the neocortex forms the thinking brain which promotes a capacity to make sense of our experience, allows us to contribute and facilitates us to live beyond the now.  He went on to show that as young people engage in the formation process, they need to feel safe and belong in order for them to begin to make a contribution to their growth.

The final session was devoted to the ideas of Sandra Schneiders on religious life, and the discussion proved very lively as the Brothers discussed the state of the Congregation and the challenges it faced.

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