Monday, March 19, 2012

FR GENERAL’S LETTER AT THE DEATH OF FR CAMILO “By living as he did, in the service of Christ Jesus”

ROME-ITALY (19-03-2012).- Fr Saverio Cannistrà, the Superior General of the Discalced Carmelite, today addressed a letter to all the members of the Order on the recent death of Fr Camilo Maccise.

Throughout his letter, Fr Saverio mentioned the qualities of Fr Camilo who had been Superior General of the Order from 1991 to 2003. Among the qualities which stand out are his capacity to welcome others and his impressive command of languages. As Fr General pointed out, “Fr Camilo spoke the most important language: that which comes from the heart, which is capable of breaking down barriers of all kinds.”

The renewed impulse he gave to the expansion of the Order; mutual knowledge and collaboration between the separate Circumscription and the centre of the Order; his dialogue and closeness to the nuns, the Secular Carmelites, and the congregations of Sisters are some of the points Fr Saverio pointed out among the immense work achieved by Fr Maccise during both periods as General, work which “would not have existed, or if they did exist, would have been done in a different manner had not the Lord, in his infinite mercy, given us the gift of this person”.

The “deep experience of God” which Fr Camilo lived is, without doubt, the most important aspect which Fr General pointed out about his person. It is an aspect which issues a real challenge to us all. As Fr Saverio said, “It is up to ourselves to follow his example... By living as he lived, in the service of Christ Jesus, fixing our eyes on the ideal which the Teresian charism presents us, we will be finally able to die as he did: accepting all, even sickness, as God’s gift...”


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