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.
HOLY LAND, mda. 2014 and the international motto for the pilgrimage toward the jubilee of the Coovenant of Love are present – for always – a few steps from the place where Jesus was born. It began with a simple gesture – a gift for one of the missionary pilgrims at a special moment of the Missionary Advent: a plaque with his name in the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The entire person is present with his vocation in the name. The name is a sign. Beside the name on this plaque the motto reads: your covenant our mission - 2014. An occasion and an invitation to pray for every one of the thousands of missionaries in this place of grace, where smallness and simplicity are given to us as the way – the best – chosen by God to lead us to the plenitude for which He created and redeemed us. Whoever goes on pilgrimage to Bethlehem during this missionary Advent and Christmas, knows that 2014 has already arrived. It already arrived to Bethlehem, to this place that was chosen by God to be, for always, a sign of his promise to all men of all the generations – the promise of Emmanuel, of God among us, of the “ social and attached” God, as someone of another faith called Him recently.
BRAZIL, Denise Lyra. I am a married mother, I have two daughters aged 9 and 15, and I am very happy. I have been a kindergarten catechist for three years. I have lived in my neighbourhood for 20 years and have always wanted to receive the Pilgrim Mother. Suddenly, I received the invitation to receive her in my home and to become a coordinator, because the previous coordinator passed away a short while ago following a tragic accident.