org. “These men who set out towards the unknown were, in any event, men with a restless heart. Men driven by a restless quest for God and the salvation of the world. They were filled with expectation, not satisfied with their secure income and their respectable place in society. They were looking for something greater. They were no doubt learned men, quite knowledgeable about the heavens and probably possessed of a fine philosophical formation,” said Holy Father, Benedict XVI, on January 6th, showing the Three Kings as pilgrims of faith. Preparing for 2014, “with each step of our pilgrimage,” is like the star that guided the Kings – a star that is shown to everyone and inspires many to go out and become missionary pilgrims…and living witnesses of Schoenstatt’s mystery.
org. "The Christian is a person of hope, even and especially in the face of the darkness that often exists in the world, not as a consequence of God's plans but because of the wrong choices of man, because the Christian knows that the power of faith can move mountains, the Lord can brighten even the deepest darkness," said the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, on December 31st, over first Vespers for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, before singing the traditional hymn 'Te Deum' of thanksgiving on the conclusion of the calendar year. 2014, which is prepared with each step of the pilgrimage through this concrete world with its shadows and despairs to reinforce this hope, made into apostolic commitment, made into a covenant culture.
mev. The "Holy Mass toward 2014 celebrated on December 29th - Saturday during the Christmas season and the end of the year - was in covenant with an apostolic project in the Church field: Mothers of the Schoenstatt Ladies' Branch from Viña del Mar, Chile, who have sponsored seminarians from the Diocese of Valparaíso for three years.
Quote of the Week. It is time for society and the Church to build themselves up anew and to renew themselves in the hope God the Father gave us in Christ Jesus. This Advent we have become aware that the only possible start for this hope has been given to us in the stable at Bethlehem.
Dear pilgrims. I would like to send you a greeting from Offfice2014 - home of Team2014. It has been some year on our journey toward 2014 – there is lots for which we have to give thanks for and lots we still need to place in the hands of God as we gather around the crib this Christmas time.
PARAGUAY, Sebastián Ángel Bordón Isasi. The members of the Schoenstatt Boys' Youth in Ciudad del Este, felt that they were called by Christ to an apostolate where they can help others through prayer, helping them not only physically, but also spiritually.
Fr. Andrew Pastore. With only 668 days missing for the great Covenant Pilgrimage of October 18, 2014, a new edition of the official 2014 newsletter "Towards 2014" has been sent out. It is also available as pdf, and in the following languages: German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and English. If you know anybody who does not yet receive it - forward it! Find all the earlier newsletters on schoenstatt2014.org at the new download center.
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mev. Nature contributed to the atmosphere of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception: the snow that had fallen during the night around the Original Shrine could be seen as a preparation for the day's experiences. In this way, the Holy Mass toward 2014 had an original touch: the Solemnity of Mary’s Immaculate Conception. Like every other Saturday, Mass was celebrated in union with one of the apostolic and missionary projects that have emerged as fruits of the Covenant of Love, of which there are now more than sixty in the “virtual tents” of the Covenant Culture.
org. Thousands of missionaries of the covenant of love are on pilgrimage to Bethlehem with an Advent attitude, an attitude of expectation and preparation, of renewal and prophetic proclamation – Mary's Magnificat attitude. In Bethlehem we are given simplicity and lowliness as the way – the best way – God has chosen to lead us to the fullness for which he has created and redeemed us. This Advent 2012 is a missionary Advent, an Advent in the Year of Faith, an Advent in the Year of the Missionary Current, into which more and more people are called to humbly and joyfully offer a lived covenant of love to the Church of our times, at the time when she asks herself how she can bring the Good News, the Gospel, to the people of today – to the learned as well as to the simple farm labourer, to the ancient and new societies and nations. In this missionary Advent we turn our gaze to a very ordinary man whom someone has called the saint of the New Evangelisation: John Luiz Pozzobon, whose birthday we celebrated on 12.12.12.
org. “The Covenant of Love with Mary is something more than an isolated act of piety. It is a personal act of union to the “Educator of the Gospel” that commits and embodies its values there where one lives and coexists with others. The covenant creates a lifestyle, a way of being and of giving oneself, learned in the school of Mary. Consequently, it is a creative force of culture”: this was the main paragraph of the conference, which Fr. Ángel Strada offers to the readers of schoenstatt.org on its pilgrimage toward 2014.