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SOUTH AFRICA, Sarah-Leah Pimentel. A year ago, a few Schoenstatt members in Cape Town got together and asked the question: What can we do to put Christ back into Christmas? It seems that increasingly Christmas is about consumerism and materialism. How do we take the angels' message of "peace and goodwill to all men" to the men of our time?
ARGENTINA, Anahi Mariño. On the eve of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Sunday, the 7th of December, the wayside shrine of the Mother Thrice Admirable Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt in San Justo was blessed. A few minutes before 8:00 p.m., before nightfall, the faithful who gathered at the feet of the wayside shrine in front of the local parish were sure that God had blessed them with rain from heaven when many of them saw a rainbow. The rainbow is one of the signs of the Covenant. “All of the Blessed Mother’s things are blessed with rain,” was a comment that was also heard.
GERMANY, Father Stefan Keller. On December 17, 2014 – Pope Francis’ 78th birthday – was the 70th Anniversary of the priestly ordination of Blessed Karl Leisner in Dachau concentration camp, through the hands of a French bishop, who was also a prisoner. On this occasion, a statue was blessed in Kleve (Cleves), in the lower Rhine, Blessed Karl Leisner’s hometown.
COVENANT SOLIDARITY, mda. “…The truth is that Mary is the one who knows how to transform a stable into a home for Jesus with a few rags and a mountain of tenderness…” A Schoenstatt Diocesan Priest has chosen this phrase from Pope Francis’ audience with the pilgrims of the Schoenstatt Movement, along with a photo of a woman and her child in her arms in very poor hut...There are more than 130 families who come from a life in huts of sticks and plastic and who will celebrate this Christmas in simple houses of brick and mortar, as a result of the voluntary work and 200 Euros each of solidarity and commitment. There are 130 houses that have been transformed into a home for Jesus and which are a gift of the Jubilee…
IN A FEW WORDS, Fr. Joaquin Alliende. At the start of October, from every quarter one could hear: "Our Mother will surprise us with great gifts." And so it was. In our Schoenstatt Land, we experienced that the "Home Song" is a tangible and prophetic reality. Rome allowed us to feel that the Church-family is the way of the future. It will demand of us a vital deepening of the attachment with the "paternal principle" of the People of God, the Holy Father.
PUERTO RICO, Edgardo L. Rivera. The Schoenstatt Jubilee Year has brought many blessings to the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement, especially for the Schoenstatt Missionary Motorcyclists’ Club. One of these was the initiation of the first four members in Puerto Rico.
ROME, Mons. Dr. Peter Wolf. A trip from Germany to Rome is carried out every year; the Diocesan Institute of Schoenstatt Fathers organized it, and it was also taken this year. On Monday of the first week of Advent, they departed from Schoenstatt and Würzburg respectively in two buses. Father Stefan Keller along with Father Wolf accompanied the bus from the basin of the Rhine River; Father Armin Noppenberger accompanied the one from Liefrauenhoehe. They had a goodnight, and they arrived punctually at 9:00 a.m. on the following morning at Belmonte, where Father Georg Egle and Father Frantisek Jirasek waited for them. The group of eighty people celebrated Mass, and Father Egle prepared them well on the motto of the trip. After checking in at the hotel Tra Noi, they visited Saint Peter’s Basilica during the afternoon. This time there were also some who were visiting it for the first time.
ROME, Martin Emge/mda. “Live in such a way that others will be interested enough to ask: Why? Testimony. The path of testimony. There is nothing more that can be added to this. Testimony in everything. We are nobody's saviour. We are transmitters of the One who saved us all. And we can only transmit this if we take up the life of this someone called Jesus in our own lives, in our flesh, in our history. This is testimony. Testimony.” The words of Pope Francis during the Jubilee audience of the Schoenstatt Movement on 25 October. These words were particularly addressed to the youth, but they also remind us of people belonging to the Schoenstatt Movement who live and lived precisely in this way. These are people who convinced Pope Francis of Schoenstatt’s mission, because his knowledge of Schoenstatt is personal, it comes from the people with whom he has worked and who convinced him. These are people who will support Schoenstatt in the coming century.
Latest Pope Francis Tweets
- 20/12/2014 - 09:00 If Jesus is to become the centre of our life, we need to spend time in his presence, before the Tabernacle.
- 18/12/2014 - 10:18 The Lord put it clearly: you cannot serve two masters. You have to choose between God and money.
- 16/12/2014 - 09:15 It is so important to listen! Husbands and wives need to communicate to bring happiness and serenity to family life.
- 13/12/2014 - 08:30 Today is my anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. Please pray for me and all priests.
- 12/12/2014 - 09:00 Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!
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