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Fourvière: The Revolution of Tenderness - Letter of the Superior General

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June 21, 2016

turuMESSAGES - Dear Marists of Champagnat, In April last year, I wrote a letter to all of you entitled Montagne: The Dance of Mission, reflecting on the meaning of the first year of preparation for the beginning of the third century of Marist life. I wish to thank you most sincerely for the wide publicity you gave that letter and for the way you received it. This was evident not only through personal reading and reflection, but also in the way it was frequently studied and shared by a number of groups. And I am particularly grateful for the communion it represents with the thorough reforms and missionary spirit initiated by Pope Francis in the Church: I hope that all communities will devote the necessary effort to advancing along the path of a pastoral and missionary conversion which cannot leave things as they presently are. “Mere administration” can no longer be enough. Throughout the world, let us be “permanently in a state of mission” (Evangelii Gaudium, 25). My letter to you this year is an attempt to continue this commitment to renew the Church. On this occasion, we seek to reclaim, from a community perspective, the active participation of all baptised persons. On the 23rd July, as we commemorate the promise of Fourvière, we too can renew our heartfelt commitment to be the Marian face of the Church, promoting communities that are open and vibrant, deeply Samaritan in nature, taking up the invitation in this Jubilee year to be merciful as the Father is merciful.

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