THE EUROPEAN NIGHT
Nightfall brought about a change in the serious atmosphere that works well for the deliberations of the capitulants. Torches marked the pathway in the garden leading in the direction of the “B Block” from where music of electric organ and guitar wafted melodies of the Old Continent. It was European Night—beer from Belgium, cheeses from Holland, Spanish olives and other finger food, wines from the Catalan Province of Spain.
How elegant and handsome were some of Visitors! We are invited to look at the montage of photos. It’s them! The very same who during the day had made such profound statements in the Chapter Hall. Say! Who was it that said there isn’t a youthful spirit among the De La Salle Brothers?
With the help of the typical songs and the beautiful scenes projected on the big screen we took a long tour through the countries of Europe. And since the new Region of the REL has integrated the Near East and Arabic countries into the fold, these were part of the repertory.
Traditional songs, ones that everyone knows, were sung and danced. Italy had its “O Sole Mio”, France, its “Marseillaise”, Spain, with its “Clavelito” which ended with a shower of carnations on the audience.
As it was Poland’s National Feastday, the Polish Visitor, Brother Wojciech Golonka, was hailed by his Brothers. Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”, the official European anthem, was sung in German to close the musical section of the evening.
Thanks to Brother Stefano Agostini, Auxiliary Visitor of Italy and to Brother Alberto Gomez, Visitor of Andalucia for being masters of ceremony; the Italian Brother speaking in French and the Spaniard, with his easy translations into English. This is what building Europe means, and also building up the community of the Chapter. Heavy work remains in the Chapter but these beginnings are the spoonfuls of sugar that will make the medicine go down.