commissions' production of papers ("papelorum progressio")
international province of the Holy Rosary had the privilege of providing
the day's liturgy, while the other three provinces of Spain will
have to share one day among them. Provincial Bonifacio García
Solís presided and preached. "On some day in some place
we also have been surprised by an inexplicable occurrence, such
as the bush which burned and was not consumed as recorded in the
first reading. We have approached with curiosity and found God there
who talked with us and sent us on a mission of liberation. Starting
from the Gospel reading, we are the little ones to whom is revealed
the word of God. And although we chide ourselves that those are
not our most significant virtues - as Dominicans we have to continue
being small and humble and communicate that revelation.
morning the singing of the Benedictus shone brilliantly with the
voice of a Puerto Rican friar who sang the psalm while the choir
and people repeated the response.
staff room was already overflowing this morning because the commissions
had begun to produce texts. There were so many that the printer
was blocked. Some were also taking advantage of sending e-mails
because all the staff are connected to a network with an ultra fast
lieutenant governor of Rhode Island and the mayor of Providence
visited with us before dinner. Both were very genial in their talks.
As we have seen in the movies, a United States politician is valued
if he/she has the ability to make people laugh during a gathering.
And they did, especially the mayor. The lieutenant governor had
studied at Providence and was full of praise for the College. He
wished us a good stay and even an longer stay for the good of the
economy of the state. Later he corrected himself: " But I know
you have a vow of poverty". The six times elected mayor did
not wish so many elections for the new Master: "I don't know
what happens with your elections but we always end up in the courts."
Then he added: "With respect to your vow of poverty, I have
to say that a few days ago I surprised some of you - the Master
doesn't know this - in one of the city's restaurants." The
mayor is an Italian-American and he had surprised some of the Italian
brethren in the restaurant. The mayor presented the Master with
the key to the city. Carlos, in the same jocular tone, responded
in English that the chapter had approved unanimously to request
money from the state of Rhode Island, that he appreciated the presentation
of the key, and, by the way, could he give Carlos the address of
commissions continued to meet in the afternoon. By Friday the commissions
will begin to present the basic outlines of their documents in the
plenary session. The texts will not be voted on; we will see how
they are received by the gathering. No one wants to expound on them
as had been done in previous chapters, lest a presented text be
rejected and the process have to be redone from the beginning.
was another soccer game among the young. The star was the provincial
of Croatia, Friar Frano Prcela, with four goals.
(Translated from Spanish)