IESUS CARITAS, FRATERNITY OF PRIEST UNITED STATES
LETTER TO THE BROTHERS IN ASSEMBLY COLORADO SPRINGS 2014
Dear brothers of United States, peace and good in the Lord Jesus.
I join everyone in this Assembly time to reflect, pray and renew the service to the fraternity in the person of the national responsible. Thanks, Mark, because in these six years you’ve helped keep alive of the fraternity with the Council, and from November 2012 flame forms part of the international team, chosen by me. We will continue working as a team to serve as our forces and possibilities; we have even more than four years, and know that this does not support retirement.
I also join with my condolences to the American fraternity for the death of Mgr Desmond DILLON, brother loved for you and that it is safe to be in the arms of the father and talking with the brother Charles about the human and divine. That these older brothers that are leaving will are seed and good land for the Church and for the fraternity. Is a great human wealth for our fraternities older brothers; their experience of life, spirituality and delivery are invaluable. Of them we must learn humility and the wisdom of a breed of pastors.
I have read very carefully the newsletter, and the themes of reflection for the Assembly of Colorado Springs. I think that it is very important to the work of preparation as personal reflection and in the fraternity. We must share it the responsibility among all putting each the best of itself, and a group working together makes it possible for good results. It is true that in the fraternity we must not search make beautiful reflections or perfect work. Nobody is going to evaluate us: we evaluate ourselves in the preparation of the review of life and in the development of the same fraternal meeting. So it is much more important even the time of adoration, put before Jesus with humility, peace and realism, how we are, what we want, what we expect, how trust in Jesus, how we put ourselves in the hands of the Father making the Prayer of Abandonment an attitude that lasts throughout the day: when we work, when we deal with people, when we celebrate the Eucharist. In the brother Charles de FOUCAULD, we have that attitude for years, in your dreams and realities.
I encourage you “to dream the fraternity”, as says our brother Mariano PUGA. To dream the fraternity is not living of illusions or do an episode of the science fiction of our membership to the fraternity. Many brother priests of our Diocese, need our support, our time and attention. Each of us also need all that. Our spiritual path is linked to the moment that we live as human beings. To dream of the fraternity is to go beyond a spirituality that helps us to live the Gospel, prayer, every day become believers in Jesus and believers in a humanity which in some countries are bled, destroys itself, and always the poor who suffer the consequences. For this reason the fraternity is not a spiritual group, but a small community of brothers who care for others and feel the pain and joy of humanity as Jesus felt them, without staying with arms crossed waiting to be others who solve the problems.
The Church we need as we need the Church to walk with Jesus and build the Kingdom. I wish you in this Assembly of Colorado Springs live with realism and in a climate of prayer as men of God the challenges of your fraternity. In 2015 celebrate, if it’s the Lord’s will, the I Panamerican Assembly. We go making way.
Receive a big hug and my support in prayer.
Aurelio SANZ BAEZA, brother responsible
Perín, Cartagena, Murcia, Spain, 25 July 2014,
solemnity of St James Apostle
Sorry my English… Oh, my God, forgive me…