The 27th of October we are organizing a larger Taizé prayer
in Almeria, so that the youth can experience something of Taizé. And October 31
we organise a similar Taizé prayer for the youth of Vicar at our home. I’m looking forward to it and curious
how it will turn out.
Yesterday we went to Almeria to meet Juanmi and Presen that
went to Taizé last summer with Antonio and Manolo. It was nice to meet each other, they showed us around Almeria for a
bit and we talked about our experiences of Taizé.
Since we organise Taizé prayers two times a day, you might
be interested in what that looks like. Here is a prayer I prepared for this night.
Song: Veni spirito creatore
Psalm 42 in Spanish
Song Nothing can ever
Romans 8:38-39 in Spanish and English
Litany of praise (in Spanish): Jesus, gentle and humble of heart, you
visit every human being to reveal the Father’s love.
Jesus, goodness without end, you liberate captives, you pardon our sins.
Jesus, our rest and our refuge, your yoke is easy and your burden light.
Jesus, sent by the Father, you heal our blindness.
Jesus, living bread, you nourish our hearts by your words.
Jesus, you came to light a fire on the earth.
Jesus, risen from the dead, you share wit hus your joy.
Jesus, you are the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Padre Nuestro (Our Father)
Song: Jubelt und freut euch
Prayer (in Spanish):
Bless us, Christ; keep us in the spirit
of the Beatitudes: joy, spimlicity, mercy.
On Wednesday it
rained really hard and there was even hail for a moment. This is the first time
since we are here that it rains. Unfortunately some things on our program got
cancelled because of the rain. But the good news is, we had time to write.
October we had a big celebration: Carmen has been a sister of Carmelites for 50
years! It was amazing to hear her testimony during the evening mass and
speeches from Mila and others. After the mass we celebrated with a party. Many
people stayed and everyone had brought something to eat to the parish.
The next day we
went with Carmen and Mila to the beach to a meeting of Catolic Accion. These
are people of the parish that pray for the parish and meet together and do
activities. After a good lunch and a nice swim we sat together with everyone
and shared our thoughts about Carmen´s 50 years as a Carmelite sister. What it
is like to live a life devoted to God, the beauty and the difficulties. It was
very impressive for me to think about this and it makes me very eager to live
my daily life for God. I am very grateful to be here and that day I felt again
that even though we see people maybe for the first or second time, it feels
like we are part of this community.
Presenting at schools
This week is a
special week dedicated to missionary work. Because of this, we had the
opportunity to present Taizé and this project in Vicar to different classes of
a bilingual school in Almeria, Colegio Privado Compañía de María, on Monday and
Tuesday. Antonio talked about his time in Nicaragua and Carmen about her time in different African countries.
In these two days
we´ve presented to so many classes from
different ages. We sang songs together with 3-5 year old kids, presented our
story to teenagers from 11 to 16 year
old. It was nice to share with them and I loved it when the kids were
enthusiastic and asked us a lot of questions. Sometimes you could just see
from their faces how amazed they were that there is this poverty in the area.
Thank you for checking out this blog. We love
to share our experiences of the small temporary community that we are. We came
to Vicar (in Spain) for one month to share some of our Taize experiences, to
help the local parish with its activities and to experience what it is like to
form a community with the three of us in work and prayer. You can find more
about us on the page ‘Who are we’.
all, we want to express how thankful we are. We are kindly welcomed by
different people that let us sleep in their houses and have been meeting a lot
of kind people. It is a real privilege to be here and get an insight in the
culture of Spain, where meeting with each other is very important. Especially
dinner is an important time to meet and we have been invited to dinner by many
people already (eating paella with 20 people). The welcome here is incredible;
we are hosted as if we were in their families!
We live in
a house quickly restored for our arrival. It’s situated in a gypsy quarter,
were there are also squats were immigrants live . Not too far away are
We came to
help the parishes of father Antonio and father Manolo. Their parishes are
involved in many activities, like bible study for children, Spanish classes for
immigrants, play with immigrant children and they also often visit gypsies. For more details check out the page 'Mission activities'.