MOAR training workshop at Casa Recolección, Cuernavaca

From June 10 to 16, 2024, the Augustinian Recollect Sisters of the Mexican Federation had a workshop at the House of Recollection, located in Ahuatepec, Morelos, Mexico, with the aim of facilitating self-knowledge and relationships within the communities.

It is said that in ancient Greece, when one of the first seven wise men of antiquity asked the oracle of Delphi what was the best thing he could learn from men, the answer he received was: “Know thyself.” Centuries later Saint Augustine (354-430) wrote: “How can you get closer to God, when you are so far from yourself?” And the Bishop of Hippo addressed God with the following words: “Lord, let me know myself and let me know you.”

With sufficient advance notice, the Federation’s Formation Team sent the communities the invitation to participate in this ongoing formation course-workshop, which was attended in person by 40 sisters of solemn vows from different monasteries: Mexico City, Cuautinchan in the state of Puebla, Cuernavaca in the state of Morelos, Macuxtepetla in the state of Hidalgo, Morelia in the state of Michoacán, Papalotla in the state of Mexico, Puebla, in the state of Puebla, Tlaxcala in the state of Tlaxcala, Tula in the state of Hidalgo and Xalapa in the state of Veracruz. In addition, in the virtual modality, the monasteries of Bogotá, Pozos de Santa Ana (San José de Costa Rica), Lodwar in Kenya and the Mexicans of Lomas de Tecamachalco, Manuel Doblado in the state of Guanajuato and some sisters from Macuxtepetla participated in the workshop. .

Dr. Guadalupe Jazmín López Cáceres, a graduate of the Lumen Gentium University, taught the workshop agenda titled “Recognizing my being.”

With simple and clear language, he introduced the trainees to this intense workshop and provided them with psychological theoretical knowledge in a ride through the history of psychology that already includes the great Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle, elements of great value, because they Important questions were already asked regarding what the human being is, reaching the conclusion that there must be a “soul”, a reality different from the body.

Doña Guadalupe tried to make the difference between mental illnesses and disorders very clear, with the intention that the participants could discern their emotional states: reactions, feelings, emotions, etc., and where they come from, in order to be able to face them, heal them and help each other, so that community relations would be more serene and kind.

Likewise, the speaker briefly spoke about the concepts of temperament (as an innate instance), character (an instance that must be forged) and personality (combination of the previous two) and the differences between one and the other.

In short, there were three days of theoretical knowledge that helped them work during the rest of the week on different personal and group dynamics.

Dr. Jazmín was always very open to receiving questions, answering doubts and sharing with the attendees.

The Augustinian Recollect sisters are very grateful to Dr. Guadalupe for her talks; to the vicar of Mexico-Costa Rica Martín Luengo for providing them with the meeting house; to frater Ignacio Jiménez Castellanos, who was attentive so that they did not lack anything, and to the assistant of the Mexican Federation, the Augustinian Recollect Gerardo Ruiz, who celebrated mass for them during these days of the workshop.