one missed working in the commissions today.
magnificent day we lived today began in a muddle. Sundays are different
from ordinary days. The place for coffee had been changed and some
showed some impatience; no one knew if it was because there was
a fast and thus there was no coffee, or if we were late for the
coincided with the memorial of St. Mary Magdalene, the apostle to
the apostles, protector of the Order and patron of the Rosary province.
The Eucharistic liturgy was very solemn, in English with the participation
of the parish choir from Saint Pius V, with performances by the
French choir, which added solemnity to the celebration. There were
also some phrases in Spanish and finally lyrics and, above all,
the rhythm of Africa. The special final song exalted the spirits
of all present so much that their last liturgical act was a burst
of applause. There were songs "with a beat"("con
marcha"), accompanied by guitars, pianos, clarinet, bells and
the percussion of Friar Fausto, who hit his high point in the African
song, as if he had fed on those rhythms at his mother's breast.
The final song was the crowning glory at a Eucharist presided over
by the English provincial with the Irish provincial at his side.
was a beautiful homily which made one laugh and think. Jesus left
for a moment the masculine world of the disciples and went forth
to the territory of the women, his friends. Martha was the one who
ruled there, the one in charge of everything. But Jesus destabilizes
the domestic order and now he is the protagonist. Mary understood
it, Martha did not. With his arrival something more important than
the domestic order, and even more important than serving and entertaining
Jesus, is to listen to him and to dialogue with him, as one dialogues
with one's friends. The president of the Eucharist summarized his
homily in French and in perfectly read Spanish. He received unanimous
congratulations. Ireland, joined to England, wished to give some
sign of their singularity so the Irish group sang a song in Irish.
The Mass lasted 80 minutes and all were very happy!
we boarded the buses for a magnificent excursion through Newport.
We passed by the stream cut out from the bay of this lovely city,
while we saw the fantastic mansions of industrial magnates or the
Kennedy's or where Spielberg filmed or Mia Farrow lived. There were
also places visited by Washington and where the rebels received
aid from the French against the English.
visited the mansion called "The Breakers". The interior
even surpassed the exterior in taste and grandiosity. All were built
at the end of the 19th century, with ideas and materials from Europe.
We visited the very pretty port, with colorful antique houses and
sporty boats, some fantastic.
The afternoon became more enchanting and the scenery sensational
when we sat at the edge of the sea to eat foods cooked as the Indians
had done before the arrival of the colonists. The meal (a clam-bake)
was fantastic with a fascinating system of preparation, burying
it in a type of oven below the earth... A friar and a sister even
"made like Indians", dancing around the clam-bake. The
only things missing were their feathers. The sun shone trying to
overcome the fresh breeze which stimulated our appetites. When we
left for home the sun slowly set, filling the earth and the sea
with color. At that moment we crossed over on one of the audacious
bridges that cross the bay.
chapter participants owe the St. Joseph province for this magnificent
day. Many thanks.