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URUGUAY, María Soledad Gattas. In a few days, the Schoenstatt Movement in Uruguay will close the year with the celebration of a Mass, marked by a gift that, without knowing it, unites them to the Schoenstatt Family from Costa Rica. While the family from Costa Rica desires their first daughter Shrine, the Uruguayans will receive the altar for the future Shrine of Montevideo, which will be the second Shrine in the country of the world's first daughter Shrine.
ARGENTINA, Clara Bianco Herbón. We travel many roads daily, some with joy, others with sadness, and others because of obligation. However, there is a road we take with special willingness and joy; it is the one to the home of our Queen and Lady, the Virgin Mary.
SPAIN, Juan Zaforas. For one more year, the youths of the Schoenstatt Movement in Madrid want to take a ray of hope from the Shrine to families and people who really need it. They do it through the Christmas campaign in Móstoles.
CHILE, mda. "God blessed this encounter enormously, helping us to humbly recognize that in the work world, we have the opportunity to incorporate God and the Blessed Mother more in our decisions departing from applying Practical Faith in Divine Providence (FPDP)", commented Christian Ketterer, Commercial Engineer, a Chilean participant of CIEES2013 in Costa Rica. But it does not end with beautiful memories. "At the same time, it invited us to be 'Fires that enkindle other fires,' to follow that path that we have been building in CIEES. That is, to share this 'Good News' with other business people and executives and to support one another to live our faith consistently, in the home, in the family, also in our work."
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)
INTERNATIONAL, Stephan Jehle/mda. First the bad news - the torch has disappeared. Now for the good news: It has to be there. And it will be, somehow. Perhaps as a result a lot more life will be generated. This is the conviction of Fr Jose Maria Iturreria of Argentina, who together with Fr Claudio Martinez, Chile, a team of Argentinean and Chilean Schoenstatt Young Men Cruzada de Maria 2014, are preparing the Cruzada de Maria 2014, a contribution of the "Missionary Generation 2014" of the international Schoenstatt Young Men. A torch for the Torch Relay 2014 was meant to be carried on foot along the 400 kilometres over the Andes Mountains from the shrine in Mendoza to the shrine of the Third Milestone in Bellavista. A combination of two initiatives by young men in South America and Europe, which is more than a sporting challenge and more than an internal affair. "Our torch is going over the Andes", reported Stephan Jehle, initiator of the Torch Relay of 2009 and the Torch Relay 2014. "The Torch Relay 2014 is part of the Jubilee 2014; it isn't just a youth programme. With it we want to help shape the jubilee, and we want to make it international." Hence the torch for the Cruzada 2014 ...
org. Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) profiles the Church that Pope Francis desires. It is an apostolic exhortation the Pope has written as a conclusion to the meeting with the bishops from allover the world, which was held at the Vatican in October 2012, to discuss how to announce the Gospel in today’s world. The “delightful and comforting joy of evangelizing.” This is the preface title of the Pope’s Exhortation, the mission and the proclamation of Evangelization. “Goodness always tends to spread. Every authentic experience of truth and goodness seeks by its very nature to grow within us, and any person who has experienced a profound liberation becomes more sensitive to the needs of others.” Below there are 10 key quotes from the first substantial document that he has written as pontiff, which were chosen from the perspective of Message 2014.
ARGENTINA, mda. At dawn on November 27th, at 3:55 a. m., the mercy of God called Sister Ursula Klein to the Father's House. She was ninety-nine years old, just like her Schoenstatt, which she loved so much and with which she wanted to celebrate her one hundredth birthday in this Jubilee Year. She accompanied the international preparation for the Jubilee of the Covenant of Love with great interest and surely, she continues to accompany it.
Last Pope Francis Tweets
- 13/12/2013 - 14:00 Don’t be afraid to go to the Sacrament of Confession, where you will meet Jesus who forgives you.
- 12/12/2013 - 14:12 We cannot think of a Church without joy. This is the joy of the Church: announcing to all the name of Jesus.
- 10/12/2013 - 14:00 Mary, Our Mother, sustain us in moments of darkness, difficultly and apparent defeat.
- 09/12/2013 - 14:09 If we see someone who needs help, do we stop? There is so much suffering and poverty, and a great need for good Samaritans.
- 07/12/2013 - 14:07 Dear young people, put your talents at the service of the Gospel, with creativity and boundless charity.
In the Jubilee Year of the Covenant of Love ...
Give us the strength
a covenant culture
in our world today
and educate us
to be your true missionaries
for this century.