Rome, Italy. On Saturday, November 13, at 2:00 p.m. Madrid time, about two hundred people from different continents and members of the Claretian Family gathered in a virtual formative encounter. The convocation is part of the immediate preparation for the meeting of leaders of the eight groups of the family and their representatives, which will take place in Rome from December 3 to 8, 2021.
The animator of the meeting was Fr. Adrian de Prado Postigo CMF. The starting point was some considerations that St. Anthony Mary Claret y Clará, the man and the saint, made about the way of making ropes and the allegory of the weaving factory. Then Adrian took us on a tour of places associated with a tapestry factory to see what is worked there, from the family home to the market, passing through the cardboard workshop and the actual tapestry factory. The allegory helped to link the spaces and tasks with fundamental and key verbs of our charism, combining present, past, and future with two sources of inspiration: that of St. Anthony Mary Claret y Clará, on the one hand, and that of Pope Francis, on the other.
Recognizing ourselves as part of a family is always a positive thing. However, the weaving of the encounter, in its different steps, proposes a task that is still pending: that of living the familiarity that is characteristic of those who recognize themselves as daughters and sons, heirs of the same founder and father.