works of mercy Category

Dequeni
PARAGUAY, Maria Fischer • It is amid this meeting full of questions, presentations, conversations, answers, and laughter, that I understand more clearly than ever what these more than two years of pandemic have done to all of us. It is not the same to communicate at a distance, read messages and watch videos, as it is to sit in the same place, look at each other, listen to each other, “feel” each other. It is the morning of April 21, at the headquarters of the Dequeni Foundation in Fernando deRead More
CMT graduados
PARAGUAY, Ricardo Acosta • The month of May has given us the first gifts of the year 2022. Last Friday the 13th, three new graduates joined the more than 50 graduates of FUNDAPROVA’s House Mother of Tupãrenda program. The event took place in the occasion of the awarding of the certificates of the program and of the Horticulture and Bakery courses of Sinafocal, in the presence of the authorities of both institutions. — This emotional act was accompanied by family, friends and loved ones of the new graduates. The audacityRead More
pastoral carcelaria
PARAGUAY, Cristi Santacruz • Today while going through Twitter I read the affirmation of a graduate specialist in addiction prevention and treatment: “The closer the family is, the farther away the drug is”. A statement that rang loud in the ears, but louder in the heart. — In 2016, when I started my apostolate of visiting every Saturday the Integral Educational Center of Itauguá and La Esperanza, for children and young people in conflict with the law, I heard hundreds of stories that have one factor in common: The familyRead More
Casa Madre de Tuparenda
PARAGUAY, Fr. Pedro Kühlcke • Everyone has suffered in the more than two years since the beginning of the pandemic, but especially the most disadvantaged throughout the world, including Paraguay. The “Casa Madre de Tupãrenda” (CMT) program could only be carried out digitally – by telephone and WhatsApp – and with the boys’ food, the house itself had to be closed. Visits to the youth prison, no way. But the time of Easter will come… — In the meantime, here in Paraguay the pandemic has happily subsided, so we canRead More
Ukrainische Flüchtlinge
Poland/Ukraine, P. Arkadiusz Sosna/mf. • “Starting from today we are welcoming the people of Ukraine in our home. In this moment I am on the train. I see many people, most of whom are women with children. Right now, all is calm here. Up to yesterday, more than seven hundred thousand refugees had arrived. The men have gone off to fight in Ukraine. They are around 70,000”, so wrote father Arkadiusz Sosna from Poland this past March, imploring prayers for peace.  — Some have stayed just for a short while, “only passingRead More
Ucrania
POLAND/UKRAINE/SPAIN, Benjamin Arizu • Concrete Solidarity: Benjamin (34 years old, 4 children) and Juan (22 years old) Arizu, sons of Ambrosio Arizu, from the Spanish Family Federation and initiator of “Madre, ven”, went together to Poland, rented two vans and traveled to the Ukrainian border to look for people and take them wherever they needed. — Benjamin has been married for eight years, has four children and is with his wife in the Madrid Family League. Juan is finishing university and recently came back from his missionary work in Asturias,Read More
aluvión
ECUADOR, via AICA • Pope Francis expressed his condolences for the victims of the landslide that occurred in Quito on January 31, and asked God “for the repose of the deceased and the consolation of their families,” the Archdiocese of Quito reported. — The Holy Father sent a telegram signed by the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to the Archbishop of Quito, Monsignor Alfredo José Espinoza Mateus, where he assures to feel “deeply saddened to learn of the natural disasters that are affecting that beloved nation and that haveRead More
La Comuna
ECUADOR, Giannina Ponce • After the flood disaster, our hearts, saddened by the tragedy, rejoiced to see the solidarity of all people of Quito. Everyone, rich and poor united with a single objective: to help La Comuna and La Gasca, some with shovels and work, others collecting donations or lending their vans to move all the donations to La Comuna. — What a joy, in the midst of pain, to see how united we all are more. When God is in our midst there are no differences, and we mustRead More
barro
ECUADOR, Maria Fischer • In rubber boots they are walking through ankle-deep mud. From time to time, they have to jump over a torrent of muddy water. But they do not stop. They continue to walk through the streets full of mud, a consequence of the flood that last Monday destroyed large parts of La Comuna, the poorest neighborhood in Quito. They are Fr. Rafael Amaya and some volunteers who are collecting telephone numbers and addresses of the victims, not getting their hands dirty – as Pope Francis always demandsRead More
Aluvión Quito
ECUADOR, Maria Fischer • “On behalf of CACSPMEC (Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito) we want to donate some supplies for the natural disaster that happened in La Gasca. We would like to know what supplies they need the most.” Within minutes of sharing the call for donations by the Amparo y Formación Infantil Padre José Kentenich Foundation (“Niños de Maria”) on Twitter and Instagram, we received this message. Shocking the solidarity, shocking also how they communicated via schoenstatt.org at the same moment of the first donation by someone of us.Read More