Being a Claretian is a way of following the path of Jesus Christ. I follow this path in imitation of our founder St. Anthony Mary Claret, whose heart was for the whole world. I admire his way of life, his dedication to evangelization, and his creativity in using the means available to him to spread the Gospel. Like Claret, I want to work within the Church and with the Church, to transform the world into a better place for God’s people, especially those most in need of a better place. Like Claret, I am ready to work with all people of goodwill who seek to make the world a better place to live. Being a Claretian has brought me great joy and the opportunity to follow my dream of being a priest as the service of God’s people in communion with others who share that same spirit of Claret._____Rosendo Urrabazo, CMF - Chicago [Provincial Superior of USA-Canada].
There is a saying from Africa that goes like this: “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together!” There is much wisdom in the saying applicable for today. Going it alone and doing things according to one’s whims and fancies is a dominant fashion nowadays. And this is not a helpful trend. Those in leadership in the congregation too can succumb to this temptation of doing it alone, forgetting that we are on a journey together with others.
The January 2020 meeting in Chile of the Major Superiors with the General Government identified ‘individualism’ as an illness that the Congregation is suffering from. Therefore, learning to live and serve together becomes an urgent need. For this to happen, on the leadership level, the first level of participation is working together as council. As a Major Superior, I am very faithful to doing this. When I work as council, while respecting the principles of subsidiarity and subordination, I have seen new synergy and energy. The other levels of working together are building solidarity within and among communities; working as a conference (ASCLA-West); and living in communion with other organisms and the entire Congregation.
Working together with the diocesan clergy and other religious, working with those coming from other religious traditions has proven very helpful. The participation and collaboration of leaders becomes a testimony for others to emulate.
Transformation of the world is not entirely in our hands. Networking with likeminded others whether they come from a sister church, a governmental or non-governmental entity, or an international body like the UNICEF is much needed. Others have resources that we don’t have. They may have expertise from which we can benefit. We have resources and expertise that others may not have. As a leader, I am learning to work with different partners who are out on mission in transforming the world.
Doing it alone may give a transient satisfaction. But, as the above saying puts it, it does not make lasting impacts. What endure in terms of transformation of the world are things that we plan, execute and evaluate together_____ J.M.J. Jeyaseelan, CMF - Sri Lanka [Major Superior of St. Joseph Vaz Independent Delegation].
MS 1 (Cf. CC 2; Dir 26.)