works of mercy Category

Dequeni
PARAGUAY, Dequeni • Sonia tells us about the learning experience of her two-year-old daughter Zaida. “Thanks to the Alfombrita Viajera project I am sharing many moments with my daughter, it shows us how to give the first teachings with love.” — Alfombrita Viajera (Travelling mat) is a colorful space that we bring to the children when we visit their homes in the settlements. During this meeting with the educator, we share with babies and toddlers (1 to 4 years old) various activities that awaken their interest and creativity, and thusRead More
Navidad para todos
ECUADOR, Fr. Rafael Amaya • From our shrine, from the Church, we help people in a state of chronic poverty. There are 270 families that we assist with non-perishable food, and we give them “charity bags”. Every first Wednesday of the month they receive the groceries, except at Christmas, when we deliver them on the 24th after the Christmas Eve Mass. — The charity bags contain: 2 kg of rice, 2 kg of sugar, 2 kg of oatmeal, 2 kg of soup noodles, 2 kg of noodles, oil, butter, salt,Read More
Navidad Solidaria 2022
ARGENTINA, Fr. José María Iturrería • Once again, and it has been 21 years since 2001, we once again celebrated Christmas in solidarity and at 1:30 a.m. we gathered in the shrine of La Plata with a group of 130 young people from the Archdiocese and the Movement. Inspired by the motto “Be light on the way”, we went out to share Christmas with those who cannot celebrate it with anyone because they are homeless or work at night. — Divided into groups of 6 to 8 people, we wentRead More
Flüchtlinge aus der Ukraine
POLAND, Father Arkadiusz Sosna •  Until now I have associated the “Four Seasons” with the composition of Antonio Vivaldi. This year it is quite different: in our Sion, the four seasons from March until today related to the presence of refugees from Ukraine and constant change. It is difficult to speak of refugees when the weeks fly by, and we continue to share this tough time of war; people have become our guests. — From the beginning of March 2022 until today, two people have been with us permanently. ARead More
Adviento en la Casa del Niño
ARGENTINA, Gabriela Sarquis • This week Advent began and so did Advent at the Casa del Niño. We began this season that the Church proposes to us to prepare us for the great feast of the birth of Jesus, made a child, out of love for all of us. And his love has neither beginning nor end, it is forever. — That is why the children of Casa del Niño started the week by putting together a big Christmas tree, donated by Patricia, who together with the children prepared andRead More
emprendedoras
PARAGUAY, Dequeni, Noelia Ferreira • In collaboration with Visión Bank, as part of the project “Women as Entrepreneurs, Promoting Children,” forty-six women and mothers were awarded certificates for successfully completing the manicure and pedicure course in a ceremony held at the Community Center 12 de octubre in San Antonio; each of the micro entrepreneurs also received a tool kit. — The communities where the project was implemented are located in a structurally weak area where the simple houses made of corrugated cardboard are hopelessly overcrowded and several basic needs areRead More
Casa del Niño
ARGENTINA, Maria Fischer • David approached me, a little shy and with a smile that warms the heart, he asked me: Why are you here? I felt I was in the “Pope’s video”, in the middle of his prayer intention for this month of November. I sat on the bench with David. With Jesus. Jesus dressed as an eight-year-old boy. “There are still millions of children who suffer…,” the Pope says. “They are not numbers: they are human beings with a name, with a face of their own, with anRead More
bolsas de caridad
ECUADOR, Fr. Rafael Amaya • A long line of men and women of different ages, many of them with children by their hands or in their arms, approached the Schoenstatt Shrine of Quito on the first Wednesday of November, as they have done on every first Wednesday of the month since the beginning of the pandemic. Without jostling or fighting for a place at the front, they waited patiently, hopefully, and gratefully for their turn. They are the pilgrims of the shrine, the privileged ones of Mary, the simple handmaidRead More
Casa del Niño
ARGENTINA, Gabriela Sarquis • On Tuesday, October 18, we went on pilgrimage with the children of Casa del Niño P. José Kentenich to the Shrine of Sion del Padre, in Florencio Varela. They arrived singing “Mary is passing by, Mary is passing by, and when she passes by everything is transformed, joy comes, sadness goes.” — Upon arriving at the Shrine, the children told us that they felt the embrace of the Blessed Mother, which allowed us to tell them that She gives us the grace of shelter. We alsoRead More
bolsas de caridad
ECUADOR, Maria Fischer • “The Catholic Church, which through this Ecumenical Council holds high the torch of religious truth, wants to show herself as the loving mother of all, kind, patient, full of mercy and goodness…”. It has been 60 years since these words of St. John XXIII were heard at the opening of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. This loving Church Mother of all is experienced in hundreds and hundreds of corners of the world. We experience, concretely and with our hands, in front of the shrine in Quito,Read More