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|Guadarrama - Spain
In the first week of October a hundred or so Augustinian Sisters of Contemplative Life from Spain, Italy, Philippines, Rumania, Kenya, United States, Canada, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Panama and Bolivia, met at the Residence Fray Luis de Leon, in Guadarrama. The gathering was convoked by the Prior General and the three Federation Presidents.
Prior to this, the communities had dialogued and reflected on certain essential elements of Augustinian contemplative life in the certainty that a return to the roots would be a source of renewal and authenticity, rekindling joy in Augustinian identity.
The principal aims of this meeting were to become acquainted with the different paths for living out the Augustinian contemplative vocation, and to share a lived experience with a view to closer ties of friendship and fraternity among monasteries and federations. The meeting provided an opportunity for mutual enrichment deriving from cultural diversity and the universality of the Order. Indeed, this would serve to fortify communion between the Augustinian Sisters and Brothers as a sign of unity at the service of the Gospel.
This assembly, the first ever in the Order at this level, has thrown invaluable light on the present situation of our communities and monasteries, but this is not enough. Now we start off on a new path, respecting and maintaining what is permanent, but open to the light and guidance of the Spirit, which will help us to read the signs of the times and to live out our charism with renewed commitment.