Pilgrims and foreigners: Br. Marlon and Br. Marco’s solemn professions

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Pilgrims and foreigners: Br. Marlon and Br. Marco’s solemn professions

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On October 6, the community of the Friars Minor of the Custody of the Holy Land met at the Church in St. Savior’s Monastery in Jerusalem in order to welcome and bless the solemn profession of two minor friars: Br. Marco Carrara and Br. Marlon Trinidad Méndez Pavón.

Br. Marlon, 38, comes from Nicaragua, and he is preparing to go to the Monastery in Mount Nebo in Jordan for a year of intensive Arabic language studies, while Br. Marco, 34, comes from Italy and is currently on his second year of Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

In the celebration presided over by the Custos of the Holy Land, Fr. Francesco Patton, he reminded the friars of three points not to forget: “It is God who has chosen you,” he said.“It is the wisdom of the cross that guides you; brotherly love is your life standard.” In his homily, the Father Custos described the sense of obedience within the Church and within the fraternity, reminding the professed brothers to be simple instruments, capable of letting themselves be conquered by God. He reminded them that they are called to live without anything of their own because the Kingdom of God belongs to the smallest and most beloved of that Love in which the vow of chastity finds its foundation “that must lead us not to love less, but to love more, to the point of giving of ourselves to every man, every woman, every creature.” The Father Custos highlighted the fact that Br. Marco and Br. Marlon are great gifts for their fraternity, inviting them not to be discouraged because they are God’s gifts to the fraternity so that they can again learn, every day, what it means to become brothers in the Lord.

The brothers then read their solemn professions, written in their own words, each in his own native language. The Custos blessed them with his hands and welcomed them to the fraternity with a hug.

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 13:14
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