COMMUNITY LIFE AND CELEBRATIONS
By Br. Gbulum Moses Sunday , FMS
A Religious Community is a place where conse-crated men or women live together to share life in love and more im-portantly to be witnesses of the gospel (Vita Consecrata no. 42). The life of a consecrated person is expressed in a Religious Community through the profession of the evangelical counsels of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience.
Community living is one of the fundamental princi-ples of Religious Life. Vatican II Council stressed that, Community life is the most crucial element of religious life. This means that, without Community life, there will be no Religious life (PC 15).
Marist International Centre (MIC) is a perfect example of an ideal Religious Community. The Community comprises of Marist student Brothers undergoing scholastic formation and students of Psycho Spiritual Institute (PSI). The Centre is made up of eight Fraternities; Champagnat, La Valla, Lwanga, Basilio, Francois, L’hemitage, Chanel and Maisonnette.
The Fraternities operate as a single Community under the leadership of the Superior. There are many simple and ordinary things that are very crucial in keeping the community united and in building Fraternal Spirit. Fr. Dr. Kaitholil calls such activities ingredients of Community living. They include Community celebra-tions, prayers, meals, meetings, recollections and apostolic activities. Here at MIC, we share our life through Community celebrations such as Marial feast days,