Madrid, Spain. On February 28, 2020, at the beginning of the Lenten Season, the “Forge for the 70 Years and Above” began at the Forge Center for Renewal in Los Negrales. With an emotionally touching Eucharistic celebration, they set themselves in motion. The uniqueness of this second edition is that along with the nine Claretian Missionaries (CMF), three Religious of Mary Immaculate (RMI) and two members of the Daughters of the Holy and Immaculate Heart of Mary – Cordimarian Filiation (HICM) are participating. With this, in addition to the amplification of the reception of the Forge Centre, a new horizon is opened, desired for some time now – to continue strengthening, even more, the bonds between different members of the Claretian Family.
The design of this Forge was born first of all from the need to have a tool for ongoing formation for the elderly. The instrument is ready and now more enriched with the presence of women. Throughout the month of March, its course will allow them to dive together in the precious time of autumn of life, from the charismatic experience of the Father Founder. They will have the opportunity to remember, reflect, pray, celebrate and share about their existence. They will wish to continue their growth as consecrated persons, to recognize their biographies as stories of salvation, to mature their deepest convictions, to take care of themselves with wisdom and to wait confidently for the future.
Four weeks of grace are expected. “The Lord will pass by here. We await him with ardent attention with the intense rhythm that the Lenten liturgy marks out for us. Mary is present among us.” They begin with this feeling of satisfaction because they know that they can count on your support and prayer, knowing that ‘even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day’ (2 Cor 4:16).