AEYG 2017+CF

4579From August 1-7, 2017, the Claretian youth of Taiwan (EAD) attended AEYG 2017+CF in Yogyakarta, Indonesia under the theme “Be Witnesses and Messengers of the Joy of the Gospel in Diversity.” This theme was in fact the continuation of the theme of the first AEYG-2015 “Meet Him in the Cloud”. Encountering God in the Cloud in 2015 inspired many young people to become the Witnesses and messengers of the joy of the Gospel in the diversity of the Asian Context. Seven participants from Taiwan attended the youth gathering in Yogyakarta. In spite of the language barriers and cultural differences, the enthusiasm and energy that emerged during the encounter really united the whole group into a clan of young people walking in the same road witnessing the joy of the Gospel in diversity.

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School of the Heart of Mary (Phase 2 Barbastro) II

IMAG1273It was quite providential to meet two of the eye witnesses of our elder brothers on their way to martyrdom. They were Francisco Cece and Ricardo. Ricardo lived very close to our seminary and he still remembers that he saw his mother looking outside through the upper window and crying. As a child he was curious to see the sight that made his mother cry. It was heartbreaking for him as a child to see the Claretian missionaries captured and taken in custody by the anarchist and they were taken to Piarist Auditorium. Francisco Cece (93 years old now) and his family lived in Barcelona till 1935. In 1936 they came to Barbastro and settled near to the town hall. In those days it was common for the children to play in the streets. As he was playing together with his other companions he saw Luis Masferrer cmf who was his catechism teacher together with others were taken to Piarist School where he studied. He followed them in distance as child because he did not understand the seriousness of what is happening; but he was sad to see his catechism teacher is taken in custody by the anarchist. Fr. Santiago Mompel (Piarist) was his class teacher who later tells about Claretians. He was the Chronicler of their congregation who wrote in the Chronicle telling that he saw twenty Claretians were taken for execution from the Piarist school to a place three kilometers away from the school, and he could hear exactly twenty gun shots which he testifies that it was the execution of twenty Claretian brothers.

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School of the Heart of Mary (Phase 2 Barbastro) I

DSC 0739 2 CopyEver since I heard about the Claretian Martyrs of Barbastro from my initial formation, it was my deep desire to visit this place where our elder brothers suffered for the sake of Christ and prepared themselves to give up their life for Him. Thanks to the Almighty God for fulfilling my long awaited dream. I was in Barbastro community for a week where we have the Museum of 51 Claretian martyrs. The spiritual atmosphere of this old Martyr Seminary allowed me to make a journey with them on their way to martyrdom. The guidance and narration of Benjamin Elcano cmf regarding Claretian martyrs of Barbastro helped me to imagine what has happened on July 20th 1936 when 60 anarchists broke into this silent cloister shouting “where are you hiding the weapons”? The words of Superior of the community (Munárriz cmf) that ‘we are religious and here are no arms’ in fact infuriated the anarchists. Indeed it was the beginning of their way to martyrdom. Humanly speaking the most anxious moments of uncertainty and fear. But I believe that they were able to transcend their physical vulnerability for being faithful to their vocation by the grace of God and the mutual encouragement.

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