"Wellspring of faith" Taizé by imlesnite

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Ecumenical, international community founded in 1940, in Taize, France, by Brother Roger; its beginnings and development. A lifelong commitment. Everything began in 1940 when, at the age of twenty-five, Brother Roger left Switzerland, the country where he was born, to go and live in France, where his mother came from. For years he had been an invalid, suffering from tuberculosis. During that long illness, the call had taken shape in him to create a community where simplicity and kind-heartedness would be lived out as essential Gospel realities.

When the Second World War started, he had the conviction that he should begin at once to offer assistance to people in difficult straits, just as his grandmother had done during the First World War.Thanks to a modest loan, Brother Roger was able to buy a house in Taiz? that had been uninhabited for years, with the outlying buildings. He asked one of his sisters, Genevieve, to come and help him offer hospitality. Among the refugees they sheltered were Jews. Material resources were limited. There was no running water, so for drinking water they had to go to the village well.
Today, the Taiz? Community is made up of over a hundred brothers, Catholics and from various Protestant backgrounds, coming from more than twenty-five nations. By its very existence, the community is thus a concrete sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and separated peoples.

Every week from early spring to late autumn, young adults from different continents arrive on the hill of Taiz?. They are searching for meaning in their lives, in communion with many others. By going to the wellsprings of trust in God, they set out on an inner pilgrimage that encourages them to build relationships of trust among human beings.

Some weeks in the summer months, more than 5000 young people from 75 different countries thus take part in a common adventure. And this adventure continues when they return home. It is expressed in their concern to deepen an inner life and by their readiness to take on responsibilities in order to make the world a better place to live in.

In Taiz?, the visitors are welcomed by a community of brothers who have committed themselves to follow Christ by a yes for life. The two communities of sisters present on the hill also take part in the welcome. During the meetings, three times each day all those present gather for prayer, worshipping God together in singing and silence.

A week in Taiz? is a way of realising the intimate relationship between an experience of communion with God in prayer and personal reflection on the one hand, and an experience of communion and solidarity among peoples on the other.

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