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From Wednesday, 23 July, through Tuesday, 29 July 2014, three Jesuits joined together with ten young adults at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama for a special young adult session entitled, “Engagement with God: the Christian Task in the World according to Hans Urs von Balthasar.”
The rector of the Casa Balthasar led the session, which was organized by friends and alumni of the Casa. The participants came from two countries and six US states. At the session, the students had the chance to reflect on the distinctive place and role of the Christian layperson in the world. The session also provided an opportunity for participants to reflect on the charter of Cor Mundi, a communion of friendship that brings together lay Christians engaged in studies or secular professions who strive to integrate as best they can their temporal activity with their life of grace. Since the summer session, two Cor Mundi circles have already formed in North America around session participants, and preparation for a third group is already in the works.
One of the student participants in the 2014 Mobile Summer Session offers this reflection, which communicates something of the spirit of the week of Christian formation and fellowship shared by the participants, the Jesuits who accompanied them, the families who hosted them, and many others who helped to make the session possible.
From its very beginnings the Casa Balthasar has been sustained by prayer and charitable donations. Trusting in Providence, the Casa appeals to the generosity of benefactors who are ready to help those who wish to live there for a time of discernment and formation.