THE BROTHERS COMMIT THEMSELVES TO THE INSTITUTE IN ALL THEIR UNIQUENESS AS PERSONS. AWARE OF THE DIFFICULTIES THAT AWAIT THEM, THEY ARE READY TO RESPOND JOYFULLY AND CREATIVELY TO THE SUCCESSIVE CALLS OF GOD AT THE VARIOUS STAGES OF THEIR LIFE (RULE 32.1).
We are in a crisis. The mission is severely impacted and so are other constitutive elements of our lives as Brothers: spiritual life, community life, consecrated life, formation and training, governance, and leadership. Pope Francis reminds us in his encyclical letter Laudato si' that all of life is linked: the way we treat others, the way we treat ourselves, the way we treat creation and the way we relate to the Creator. It is in the context of an ecological crisis that we are facing a health crisis, one that calls us to "hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor" (LS 49).
Embedded in the narrative of the Brothers of the Christian Schools are stories of adversity. Brothers have been displaced and persecuted, even killed, during civil and international wars; they have been suppressed as a religious community; educational works and property have been shuttered and nationalized. In the face of single and prolonged encounters with adversity the Brothers have responded with thought and care. When we look back at these stories, indeed when we look at today's stories, we are struck by the marks of creativity and resourcefulness. Sometimes that creativity takes the form of mobilitybringing the mission to another land; sometimes it takes the form of adapting the missionopening motorcycle maintenance shops; sometimes it takes the form of re-purposing community lifecaring for sick prisoners of war.
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