50. Murialdine charism in the experience of a youth group
This article presents the actual experience of CLAJMUR, born in 1980 in Ecuador, for the education of youth in the light of the devotion and charism of Murialdo. It describes the objectives, the method, the promise, the particular organization and as a fundamental point, the Murialdine charismatic spirituality. A proposal not only possible in Ecuador, which requires an enthusiastic, confident animator who knows how to make youths love the charism of Murialdo. Transformed into an engine of human and Christian growth, because the goal is then to be a witness, ferment among other youth. So CLAJMUR is not only a school of maturity, but also a school to prepare young people to be themselves leaders of other youth.
Father Francisco Mena Reinoso
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50. Murialdine charism in the experience of a youth group (Padre Francisco Mena Reinoso)
In founding the “Murialdo Club of Youth Animation” on December 30, 1980, my goal was to spread the devotion of Murialdo among young people and train them in the light of his charism.
The organization was made by the need to offer young people the opportunity to take their place within the Church and the Congregation of the Josephites, according to the teachings of Vatican II and of our Constitutions.
Ten young individuals, nine from the Josephan School Paul VI in Quito and a graduate from Saint Luis Gonzaga College of the Jesuit Fathers, after two days together, made the Promise of the “Murialdo Club of Youth Animation” (CLAJMUR) under the maternal care of “Nuestra Señora de Baños de Agua Santa” in the province of Tungurahua.
As mentioned the youths begin with a promise, so they are indicating, according to the content of their promise, that they will consider their baptismal commitment to Christ and to be apostles of youth according to the charism of Murialdo. Moreover, it is important in the youth groups to bring them to make a promise, so that they will take the group seriously.
The Clajmur has a directory, not a Rule, and therefore can give a suitable response to the environment in which it operates. What matters is that it complies with the objectives of the Group to keep its identity. The objectives lead him to be a leader in serving Christ in young people with the mystique of Murialdo. The Clajmur is a school of leaders.
The objectives of the Clajmur are:
- Being a guide, a leader and ferment in his school or parish, in order to help the Campus authorities or the Pastor as a Josephan volunteer Lay Cooperator, part-time or full-time in a particular activity, established by the corresponding authority.
- To train the members in the direction of cohabitation.
- To train its members in the formation and management of youth groups.
- To be the group forming the leaders of other Christian youth groups.
The methodology used in the Clajmur is the one of no directives or an imitation of Christ as he used with his apostles, i.e. teaching as Master and Friend, then sending to preach the teachings received.
In this Apostolic School, the experience was the foundation for teaching and learning. Also Clajmur endorses this method, the youth grows and matures within the group, being still active in his own training and formation, he first learns and then shares what he has learned, as a result of his experience, since a gold nugget discovered with one’s effort, is more valuable than all the gold the counselor or lecturer wants to give him.
The Promise, may seem new in the Clajmur, since he who makes the Clajmur promise must have passed the stages of maturation, i.e. the one of the Aspirant and of the Pre-clajmur, distinguishing themselves by their positive action towards their peers and whose human and Christian maturity, the performance in the retreats and youth groups, have made them worthy to make the Clajmur Promise, after having asked.
The content of the Promise is:
- Living more profoundly the baptismal commitment.
- Working with youth as St. Leonard Murialdo did.
- To accomplish daily the Good Clajmur Deed (BAC) Buena Acción Clajmur (BAC).
- To be responsible for the tasks the group asks for.
- To continue to attend the meetings of his group or of the group where he finds himself at the moment.
- To continue knowing and living the charism of the Josephan Congregation.
The Promise is not mandatory for everybody and lasts for a life-time.
The invocation of Clajmur is: “Immaculate Virgin, Mother and Queen of Clajmur, pray for us”.
The meetings are weekly at a set time, as the Clajmur follows the words of Jesus: “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in their midst.” (Mt 18:20). The meetings are conducted with an agenda, containing: songs, dynamics, prayer, Bible reflection never to be omitted, communications, development of a topic, scheduling the topic, the coordinator and the secretary for next meeting, assessing the coordinators of the meeting, other issues, communitarian prayer and farewell.
The Local Council is made up of young people with the promise and acts in accordance to the guidelines of the Directory.
The Provincial Father, if he thinks appropriate, appoints a National Clajmur Councilor, a member of the National Youth Council. He can be a Priest or a Josephan Brother or an old Clajmur with the Promise.
The “Murialdo Club of Youth Animation” at National level is a Josephan Youth Movement assumed by the Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference as the representative of all youths of the Family of Murialdo (FDM).
The Clajmur and the youths of the Family of Murialdo hold an annual meeting in the last week of October.
The old Clajmur members, those who because of their work, education, occupation or state of life face a new reality follow rules of their own attached to the Clajmur Family and continue to mature in their Christianity and organize themselves in their apostolate in the midst of the society they live in.
The charismatic Murialdine spirituality of the Clajmur has the following points:
- To know and experience the goodness and greatness of God and secondly our own nothingness. Saint Leonard teaches us: “God loves us with infinite, personal, tender, current and merciful love.”
- To love God and to hate sin.
- To fully accept God’s will
- To work in order to please God alone
- To spend time each day for prayer and meditation on the Bible.
- To pray the Rosary daily.
- To attend Mass and Communion on Sundays and if possible more frequently.
Padre Francisco Mena Reinoso