works of mercy Category

Taller de cocina chilena
CHILE, Verónica Morandé • Experience has shown us that in the current conditions, the best way to help in the education of others is through workshops. In them, the students interact with the teachers and with each other, discovering the contents of the lessons, but also their own abilities, supporting and complementing each other, achieving a much greater progress not only in the understanding of the subjects, but also in personal appreciation and mutual support. —  In addition to these values, we emphasize the importance of direct contact between peopleRead More
bolsas de caridad
ECUADOR, María Fischer • Actually, they have long been pilgrims, part of Schoenstatt’s popular and pilgrimage movement. They come to the Shrine (at least) once a month or perhaps more often, some even every Sunday. They seek an encounter with God, with Mary, the Mother of Grace, who is also the Bread Mother, as Father Joseph Kentenich made clear in the Dachau concentration camp. There, during the time of famine, he pointed out that as a mother, she not only cares for the spiritual well-being of her children, but alsoRead More
bolsas de caridad
ECUADOR, Fr. Rafael Amaya / María Fischer • What makes a shrine a shrine, we ask ourselves these days when we read the latest news from Santa Cruz do Sul. The architecture? No. Any ecclesiastical law? Partly. Any norm for the number of pilgrims, for the offering of sacraments, preaching, attention to pilgrims? According to the 1999 Vatican norm, yes. In Schoenstatt? None of this can be applied, since it is an internal way of calling those chapels built all over the world, but also parts of the home, theRead More
Misión Villa Ballester
ARGENTINA, Nazareth Rodríguez de Bella • The Virgin of Lujan, patroness of Argentina, came to visit the Casa del Niño “Maria de Nazareth” in Villa Ballester, in the context of a mission in Barrio 9 de Julio, from July 7 to July 17. — Together with Fr. Adolfo Bernassi, four missionaries: Pedro, Juan, José, and Norberto, came to go on mission in the neighborhood and take the Blessed Mother from house to house. They gave everyone medallions of the Virgin of Lujan and told the story of how she wantedRead More
bolsas de caridad
ECUADOR, Fr. Rafael Amaya / María Fischer • “We have delivered this Wednesday, July 1, 270 bags of charity for needy families and we believe that it is God’s work, because we have seen fruits of conversion,” says Fr. Rafael Amaya in the brief video broadcast a few days ago. — Since Christmas of the first year of the pandemic, month by month “charity bags” are delivered in the Shrine of Quito, to people who lost their jobs or who never found one, people who are looking for food forRead More
CEI - los bautizados
PARAGUAY, Fr. Pedro Kühlcke • Pepito was preparing in prison to make his First Communion. A few days before he was to receive it, he told me that he had a hearing at the court. He left full of hope of getting out and going home, but unfortunately he was told that he was not going to be released….  —  ─ First I was sad, pa’i! But right away I realized that I was not ready to leave, because I needed Jesus in my heart before going back to myRead More
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