Schoenstatt international - welcome!
ITALY, Pamela Fabiano. On Sunday 30 March the 9th regional meeting of the Pilgrim Mother Campaign in Sicily took place. Starting in the early morning, the more than 1500 pilgrims gathered at Campo Felice di Roccella (Palermo), a few kilometers from Cefalu, participated in various activities organized by Calogero Tuzzolino, responsible for the Campaign in the region.
org. Every part of the Church, and many others outside of her - believers or non-believers - have received Pope Francis` clear and hope-filled words. They are also words that motivate us to assume the responsibility we all have to build a world in accordance to the Will of God, in the strength of the Spirit and through the way of Christ. Cardinals and bishops, priests, men and women religious, novices and seminarians, families, the youth and elderly, communities and institutes have received this challenge to go out "onto the street" to take - not a utopian hope - but concrete deeds in living evangelization projects to all men and women wherever they may be. And if they are on the "outskirts" then we have to go there, with all the risks and dangers it may include. He repeats to us constantly: I prefer an injured church, because she goes out to serve, to a Church that is sick because of her self-absorption. Testimony to this can be found in the section of Schoenstatt.org where on a weekly basis texts are selected which motivate us on our own pilgrimage toward the 2014 Jubilee. Undoubtedly, because we are the Church, these words are also directed to us. How happy must our Father not be with this missionary impetus which is given to us from the very heart of the Church! (Fr. José María García)
"In Portugal, in Schoenstatt Germany, Belmonte Rome, Santa María Brazil, Atibaia Brazil, Córdoba Argentina, Buenos Aires Argentina, Tucumán Argentina, Madrid Spain, Austria, Bolivia, Switzerland, South Africa…and wherever there are members of Schoenstatt.org they are praying in covenant solidarity with the victims in Valparaiso and those who are fighting the fire," wrote Carmen Rogers from Santiago to the Movement as members offered up prayers. At the same time, she was also in contact with Bellavista, where they were working to channel aid to the Agua Santa Shrine in Valparaiso. "I am watching the noon news and on one of the hilltops devastated by the fire, the residents returned and placed a flag in the middle of what used to be their home, because 'we will build one just like it' from the ashes," she relates. So soon after the earthquake in northern Chile, this fire has destroyed - as always - the homes of the poorest. This has given rise to a wave of solidarity in the covenant of love by the Movement in Chile just like in the "network of covenant solidarity" created by Schoenstatt.org.
PORTUGAL, Fr. José Melo. Renewal is one of the characteristics of a jubilee. It is a returning to the roots to restore your strength and to flower again in due season, becoming more fully what you are. Spring is a good image for this creative vitality.
ROMA-BELMONTE/PORTUGAL, Lena Castro Valente. This is a popular saying I've heard from my earliest years and is a part of Portugal's popular wisdom. The extensive road system that the Roman Empire built throughout Europe means that wherever we are, there is always a road that leads to Rome. In this case, I can apply it both figuratively and literally.
Fr. Carlos Padilla. Once again, Fr. Carlos Padilla offers a Lenten retreat for all readers of schoenstatt.org. The first talk of the Lenten retreat – on forgiving and being forgiven – is available in both written and audio form. “How did Mary forgive offenses? How did Christ forgive those who were killing him and saw him at the foot of the Cross? Forgiveness is generous, it liberates, it enhances the one who gives it and heals the one who receives it.”
ROM, mda. "How beautiful all of this is – the children, the elderly, priests, youths, monks, couples everyone together. This is truly a Church of the people, everyone who comes here on pilgrimage.” Lucas W. (19), one of the two German volunteers at Belmonte’s International Center, had never experienced this in his parish. He was referring to the Stations of the Cross of the Selva Candida Deanery that have always been held on the grounds of Belmonte for several years. Pope Francis stresses time and again that whoever belongs to God, belongs to the same people. He/she belongs to a people with persons from all generations, nations, biographies. This people met as a community that wanted to go hand in hand with Christ and Mary to the front of the illuminated shrine, whose door was framed with palm branches.
CHILE, Carmen M. Rogers. "An earthquake of 8.3 on the Richter Scale has shaken the north of the country. The epicentre was 89 km south-west of the town of Cuya in the Province of Arica." News that is unfortunately an everyday occurrence in Chile, where 40% of the seismic activity of the world takes place. It is also the daily task of Mary, the Mother of Chileans. With our hand in hers, I think it does us good to ask how we live our covenant culture in these circumstances.
Last Pope Francis Tweets
- 20/04/2014 - 10:00 Christ is risen! Alleluia!
- 19/04/2014 - 08:24 Please join me in praying for the victims of the ferry disaster in Korea and their families
- 18/04/2014 - 10:00 It is not easy to follow Jesus closely, because the path he chooses is the way of the Cross.
- 15/04/2014 - 10:15 Each encounter with Jesus changes our life.
- 14/04/2014 - 08:14 Holy Week is a good occasion to go to confession and to take up the right path again.