What is the Movimiento Resplandor Corazonista (Shine Movement of the Sacred Heart)?
This Movement is the action of the Ecclesiastic community of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, which is animated by the Holy Spirit. It seeks to accompany boys and girls and alumni of the schools of the Brothers. Its aim is a processual and integral training that develops the third circle (explicit catechesis) of the Educational Pastoral of the Sacred Heart, and reinforces the educational work.
The Movimiento Resplandor Corazonista was born in 2011 in response to the efforts that the Province of Colombia made in its sporadic activities with young people. After a process of traning for pastoral leaders with the Universidad Javeriana, a diploma in Pastoral Planning was set up by Br. Alfredo Palacio, which led to a structured training path for all levels of education.
The “Shine Movement” is the ideal environment for children, young people and alumni to experience and live together their Sacred Heart identity, through activities according to their ages. It provokes the special encounter with each other, with themselves, with God, and it encourages a critical sense and a social projection: it educates them for the buildinf of a civilization of love. The Movement is the laboratory where they experience what they learn in a theoretical way at school.
“In an atmosphere of respect and trust, we educate the young to a sense of personal responsibility.
We also attempt to challenge them to become involved in social ministry, to promote justice and peace, and to appreciate the value of sharing.
We support those students involved in movements and extra-curricular groups which promote human and Christian formation, as well as those who feel called to a special vocation within the Church or society.” (Rule of Life, 159)
The Movement identifies itself with the light and warmth that emanates from the Heart of Jesus. The pastoral training is inspired by the resplendent light that is received when experiencing God:
“And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.” (Exodus 34, 28-29)
“I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?” (Luke 12, 49). The Lord wants to shine within our hearts and encourages us to light His light here and now.
“I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8, 12). The Lord is the light of the world and He is the one who shines in us, through what we say and do.
The Levels of the Movement
For a pastoral training process to give the expected results in the formation of good Christians, committed to their families, to the Church, and to their country, it is necessary to begin from an early age. The itinerary starts with the Chispa (Spark) Level: boys and girls from 5 to 8 years old. Then the Destello (Flash) Level, from 9 to 10; the Antorcha (Torch) Level, from 11 to 13, and finally the Faro (Lighthouse) Level from 14 to 17. From this level on, young people project themselves as leaders of the Sacred Heart, living and spreading what they learned.
The training path is built through the pastoral methodology of the Church: Seeing, Judging, Acting, and Celebrating in its internal process of work. In order to teach contents according to the ages, there is also a long-term method: Beginning, Deepening, Choosing, and Committing. These are in fact the levels of the Movement.
- To form integral Catholic Christians, strengthening the personal, interpersonal, and spiritual dimension, building a critical sense and a social projection in each of its members, so that they become leaders with God in their hearts.
- To build a leadership that impacts in their lives and families, in the places where the Providence sends them (university, houses, parish, etc.)
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