It’s good to remember that the Emmanuel Community was born in France from an American seed. A nice beginning. Today French brothers and sisters who travel around the world always come back happily to Paray-le-Monial, where they sing and praise the Lord in French with those nice songs from the green songbook.
Others stay in the USA. And learn how to sing and praise the Lord in English with those nice songs from the blue songbook. At first, it may seem tough. And what a relief when we can use a song in Latin!
Then time after time, we are reminded that the Holy Spirit is not only giving the gift of tongs as a charism to help us enter the mystery of God’s love. He is also helping with grammar and vocabulary, if not with pronunciation.
Yet when French speaking brothers and sisters are gathered in His name (for example near Washington DC), the Lord receives our prayer in French and our praise from the green songbook!
But the mission goes on and the gift of more brothers and sisters is the opportunity to go back to the blue songbook.
And what about spontaneous praise? What about texts from the Bible? What about sharing? Do we have to do that in English?
Fear not, little flock. You’ll manage your way through all that. Remember: in the beginning was the word. No matter in wich language. Nobody is asking you to write a perfect paper. Just open your mouth, let your heart speak and receive what you need.