O Come Emmanuel!

Dear friends,

The readings are so rich in these final days before Christmas…..annunciations, affirming visions, visitations, canticles glorying in God`s holy works, prophecies fulfilled, and the birth of a wee child who will be a great messenger. What hope in promises to come! What joy in promises fulfilled! And the greatest is yet to come – Emmanuel, God with us!

May our minds and hearts, too,

be open wide to receive God`s word

to see the visions in the signs of the times

to sing out against injustice while glorying in the power of God

and to rejoice in the awesome mystery which is the Incarnation.

Wishing you, your families, and your communities peace and joy in the gathering, a merry Christmas and abundant blessings in the New Year!

Affectionately,

Isabella

Columbia – National CLM Meeting

Eighty lay Marianists gathered in Ibagué-Tolima from November 13 to 15 for a National CLM Meeting. All areas with a Marianist Lay Community presence were represented, including Bogotá, Guatica, Girardot, and Medellin. The theme of the meeting was ¨Chaminade, YESTERDAY, TODAY AND ALWAYS, 250 years¨. Participants shared how the Marianist charism of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade is lived out by lay men and women in society. Energy and joy was shown in song, billboards, mini-plays and other creative means. Eucharistic liturgies were celebrated. A rosary was prayed for the needs of each continent around the world -that love, faith, and hope in Jesus will allow all to achieve personal happiness and community and that the respect for life, solidarity and justice will prevail. On Sunday, a day of retreat reflected on the virtue of faith: `Be men and women of faith`.

We congratulate the CLM in Columbia for a faith-filled national gathering. May Mary continue to guide you in your deep commitment to her mission!

Photos and the full report are online at ENCUENTRO NACIONAL COMUNIDADES LAICAS DE COLOMBIA (CLM) IBAGUE 2010 .