American now living in retirement, Flo Triendl worked in the IYCW International
Secretariat in the 1950s. Later she worked as an extension worker
in South Africa. She shares
with us the following Cardijn anecdote.
Flo Triendl (left) with
Marguerite Fiévez (front), Véronique Rousseau
and Urbain Vandeschraege at the International Colloquy
on YCW History, Brussels, May 2000.
Cardijn on Spiritual Growth - An anecdote
gave a talk at a JOCF study week sometime in the 1950s. Subject:
Spiritual Growth: As your body and mind 'grow', so must your spiritual
life. He told this story:
Some years ago, in a visit to a small village, YCWs invited their
parents and grandparents to meet him. An elderly man proudly showed
Cardijn his First Communion prayer book boasting that he still uses
it every day to pray. Cardijn (probably got one of those priceless
Flemish dry humor expressions on his face and) gently asked the
old man, "Do you still wear the same size pants as you did
on that day?"