Dear Brothers and Lasallians,
We are pleased to present to you a Circular letter on a theme of central importance in our lives as we bring the Year of Lasallian Vocations to a close. It represents the fruit of four years of encounters, research, and dialogue on contemporary experience in the Institute and Lasallian Family.
The impressions gathered through our travels in the Institute and Lasallian Family served as our starting point. Given that ours is a "spirituality of journey" taking place in vastly different cultures and contexts, we were not surprised to find that "consecration," "belonging," "identity," "vocation," and "association" are lived and articulated in different ways. As a General Council, we were driven to a deeper sensitivity of the Institute's and Lasallian Family's dynamic diversity. At the same time, we also encountered the values that are commonly embraced in our communities: dialogue, hospitality, solidarity, compassion, fraternity, freedom, and love.
What Circular 461 stated nearly ten years ago about associationthat a longing for charismatic communion and sharing fosters a dynamic movement in the Institute (3.11)remains true today. This dynamic movement continues to develop and mature at the level of ideas and experiences. We encourage the reader to keep this in mind as we participate together in giving shape and form to what we believe is the action of the Holy Spirit of God.
For these reasons, we wish to emphasize that through this Circular we are not offering a definitive word on Lasallian vocations and association, but rather offering an invitation to engage in dialogue and action. We believe such an engagement will generate creative insights and encourage new understandings that inspire hearts and nourish our shared commitment to serve God and one another.
As the Year of Lasallian Vocations comes to a close, we are reminded of the rich blessings of our call and ministry. May we continue to bring this year's energy into the challenges and commitments we live each day. May this Circular Letter serve as a guide to help each of us to live our calling to the fullest. And may our fidelity serve as a sign of the presence of God among us and in the midst of the world.
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