Viva! Showtime in Brazil!
"I love tango! And I used to dance when I was young!"
14 December • St. Vincent Pallotti Social & Cultural Center, Santa Maria, Brazil
"The Church will have to initiate everyone, " Pope Francis says, "into this “art of accompaniment,” which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other (cf. Ex 3:5). The pace of this accompaniment must be steady and reassuring, reflecting our closeness and our compassionate gaze which also heals, liberates and encourages growth in the Christian life."
And so we see these words of Pope Francis, taken from his encyclical Evangelii Gaudium, in flourishing life at the St. Vincent Pallotti Social and Cultural Center in Santa Maria, Brazil. Founded in 2010 Center's objectives are the protection of children, adolescents, and the family, doing so by the promotion of the arts and sports.
Its staff is a team of social workers, psychologists, teachers of various specialties, & Pallottine Father Vanderlei Cargnin, so as to accompany all of the youth in their care!
As customary at the end of the year, the students put on a show; performing all that they have learned throughout the months. A show of joy and talent, it is also a most beautiful representation of the positive, inner developmental growth of each boy and girl, young man and young woman.
This year's theme was, "The way of Discoveries," to be a symbol of the students and teachers who collaborated together in 2018. For while all have come from different places, and seek different trajectories, they were all brought to together to walk the path of love, faith, and goodness.
In the very same encyclical of Pope Francis that we just read above, he gives us a mission:
I especially ask Christians in communities throughout the world to offer a radiant and attractive witness of fraternal communion. Let everyone admire how you care for one another, and how you encourage and accompany one another: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (Jn 13:35).
In a most beautiful holy cheerfulness, our Pallottine Family in Brazil is exemplifying just that.