Our life in Ciutat Meridiana

’Master, where do you live? Come and see… ’ (Jn 1:38-39)

 It will soon be two years since our community came to the neighbourhood of Ciutat Meridiana, on the outskirts of Barcelona, to live here and share in its life. The international and intercultural composition of the locality is clearly shown by the many different faces we see. There are four of us in the community: Montserrat, Julia, Carmen and Pilar. Two are of working age and two are retired. From the time of our arrival here we wanted to make our house a space for welcoming people, for encounter, for sharing our table and our prayer in an attitude of openness, simplicity and naturalness. 

Welcoming people and also going out to encounter them, being attentive to life, offering small services, creating neighbourly bonds, encouraging people to participate, promoting co-existence – this is all done with a concern for evangelisation and for Justice and Peace. We participate in various associations, both pastoral and social, encouraging the setting up of Catholic Action faith groups for children, young people and adults. 
Welcoming people and also going out to encounter them, being attentive to life, offering small services, creating neighbourly bonds, encouraging people to participate and promoting co-existence. This is all done with a concern for evangelisation and for Justice and Peace. 
 
We participate in various associations, both pastoral and social, encouraging the setting up of Catholic Action faith groups for children, young people and adults. Starting from the friendly relations we had established through our day-to-day life and our apostolic commitments we invited some young people, from our own area and from further away, to participate in our community prayer on Wednesday evenings. 
We have also offered young people whom we know the possibility of reviewing their life in the light of the Word of God once a month on a Sunday evening. This time of gospel study has given rise to a special experience of prayer, reflection, silence and sharing that has been enriching for all. 
 
Many persons who arrive from other countries (the Maghreb, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso etc.) need to learn the language. Through the parish Caritas associations some workshops have been set up where, in addition to Spanish classes, there are efforts to create bonds that would promote knowledge of the different cultures. 
 
The majority of the participants are women and it is easy to create an atmosphere of sharing among them concerning their different customs, cultures and religion. The World Peace Day was a very beautiful experience in which we were all as one in the same desire to work for PEACE – in the family, at work, in the neighbourhood. That day we finished with a prayer. 
 
It is in this reality where we are putting down roots that we live out the proposal of our Founders, Etienne and Antoinette: ’The whole universe is open to you.’ ’You are small, but your Mission is immense.’ The seed of our Charism is like the mustard seed which, although it is small, has the vocation to keep on growing until it becomes a big shrub. 
 
Sisters Pili, Carmen, Júlia and Montserrat, community of Barcelona, June 2011

26/09/2011
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