Schoenstatt international - welcome!
mda. We are reaching the finishing line of the Jubilee – the sign was given at the evening blessing at the Original Shrine on the eve of 18 September, because the feast, as Rector Egon M. Zillekens says, begins with vespers and the evening blessing. On this occasion the volunteers for 2014 each lit a votive candle and placed them around the Original Shrine. While in Schoenstatt and around the world more and more paper is produced, and more and more commissions organise more and more, what actually matters are two questions: What do we expect from the Blessed Mother, and where will I be at the Jubilee? I want to be there, as Fr Zillekens said in his brief address at Holy Mass in the morning of 18 September. He then related how people can be very personally "inside" while the covenant of love is being renewed at the beginning of the next hundred years of this river of grace and life "which lives on as vibrantly as at the beginning. We are amazed to see how profound faith in the reality of the covenant of love with Mary motivates and inspires our actions all over the world, and how it is the source of our fruitfulness and the practical form of our way of following Christ" (Message 2014).
PARAGUAY, Fundación en Alianza. In-service for teachers has been offered beginning last year through "Porãve Paraguay,” an outstanding project of Fundación en Alianza (Foundation in Covenant) of Paraguay, because “we believe that a quality education is possible by making it a priority to train the teacher.” The aims are to train the teachers in three main areas: Reading – writing, Personal Development and Management of School Violence, and to offer space for training school principals to accomplish better community development and to strengthen their leadership.
VATICAN, net. The International Meeting for the “Pastoral Project of Evangelii Gaudium” began on the September 18th with more than 2,000 pastoral workers from seventy countries worldwide participating. The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization organized this conference, which ends on September 20th.
ARGENTINA, Father Javier Arteaga. There are only thirty days until the large celebration of the Schoenstatt centenary! 100 years of Covenant with Mary. 100 blessed, proven and fruitful years of service to the Church and society.
TEAM 2014, Clemens Mann/red. The International Pilgrimage to Schoenstatt for the 100th anniversary of the Covenant of Love is one month away. The 15th of September was the deadline to acquire tickets to participate in all the activities. Pilgrims from over fifty countries are expected; however for those who missed the deadline, there is still room and opportunity to register.
SPAIN, Mariona Cañisá. Several weeks have passed, but the glow has not diminished. A few weeks ago in the middle of August and on the occasion of the Jubilee, a group from the Catalan Schoenstatt Family went on pilgrimage to the place of origin accompanied by two diocesan priests. For some, it was the first pilgrimage to Schoenstatt. For others, although it was something they had already experienced, this one definitely had a different nuance.
PARAGUAY, Father Antonio Cosp. I attended the first great Schoenstatt centenary. On November 16, 1985, we commemorated the founder’s 100 years. The celebration in Schoenstatt (in September of that year) was very international. A group of Paraguayans also participated. An immense gratitude was felt for having Father Kentenich as our father. His mission of life was so remarkable that he gave birth to a family filled with ideals, of giving of self, with strong missionary awareness. This Jubilee of the shrine and of the Covenant on October 18th finds us in a similar situation.
CHILE, Pili and Marcelo Rozas. The Schoenstatt Family of La Colina approaches the Jubilee with special joy, since they will celebrate it by giving the Church a new Shrine. The Family has confirmed with gratitude and emotion that Divine Providence provided the road for the Family of Valle Hermoso del Niño Jesús (Beautiful Valley of Baby Jesus).
Last Pope Francis Tweets
- 23/09/2014 - 08:45 When a society lacks God, even prosperity is joined by a terrible spiritual poverty.
- 20/09/2014 - 09:30 Dear young people, listen within: Christ is knocking at the door of your heart.
- 18/09/2014 - 09:30 Mary, give us the grace of being joyful as we walk in the freedom of the children of God.
- 16/09/2014 - 09:45 The Lord is always there waiting to give us his love: it is an amazing thing, one which never ceases to surprise us!
- 13/09/2014 - 06:30 Despite our sins, we can say with Peter: Lord, you know everything, you know that I love you.