Regional gatherings, for people engaged in Fondacio, on the theme of Fratelli tutti
In spite of the pandemic, all over France, the engaged people of Fondacio are inventing a way to come together and celebrate their desire to be "companions of the Gospel" and to live that universal fraternity to which Pope Francis calls us in the encyclical "Fratelli Tutti". Several gatherings will be organized in the regions beginning in March 2021, according to modalities adapted to the sanitary conditions of the moment.
Aware that the Spirit of Jesus Christ has been calling women and men for 2000 years to follow him and to become witnesses by learning to give their lives differently. Even today Christ still travels the roads and calls, awakens, saves and sends out of love for the world He created and which too often becomes disfigured. Fondacio, among other realities of the Church, is this place of call for lay people of all ages to become companions of the Gospel, witnesses and presence of his love.
What does it mean to be engaged in Fondacio?
By Christ's call, it is to express the wish to commit oneself as a companion of the Gospel for 2, 5, 10 years and more. It is the shared recognition of a bond of belonging between the person and the Fondacio movement. It is a yes to follow and live from Christ from this spiritual family.
To engage in Fondacio is :
- Feeling called to say YES to follow Christ, to become his disciple, with others, for the world.
- Experiencing an authentic fraternal life that encourages the emergence of a vocational path in everyone.
- To choose Fondacio as a privileged anchor in the Church and to incarnate its spirituality.
- To live out this YES in docility to the Holy Spirit.
376 people have already responded fervently to this call in France and are committed for the duration of their choice. New people will express their "yes" at the next gatherings. They are showing that the spirituality of Fondacio corresponds profoundly to them and that they are willing to let themselves be sent to become a bridge between God and the world, so that He may raise up life, awaken it where it is buried, beginning with their own existence.
The 2021 Commitment Days will be an opportunity to clearly restate what the spirituality of Fondacio is made of, that common foundation that binds the members together: "A spirituality of blessing, communion, apostolic spirituality and friendship with the world.
These next few days are places to listen to one another, to encourage one another and to pray for one another. During a time of celebration, each one will be able to update or renew his or her yes. The assembled community will receive this word of commitment at the heart of a time of prayer. The leaders present will then send each person committed to the mission to be "living, pastors, ambassadors of love.