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Ignacio Serrano del Pozo, Chile • I wrote this column with regard to the commemoration of May 31st in which I intend to read this Schoenstatt milestone in the context of the Church’s crisis.— Time of commemoration and reflection This next May 31st, the Schoenstatt Movement will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the mission Father Joseph Kentenich entrusted to us in the Bellavista Shrine: a crusade for thinking, living, loving organically, or the perfect restoration of the natural and supernatural organism of attachments in its most classic formulations. As wellRead More
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Posted On 14.01.2019In Something to think about

A New Year

Mons. Francisco Javier Pistilli Scorzara, I. Sch., Bishop of Encarnación, Year End Mass 2018 • In life, its beginning and its end are the only certainties. There is only one beginning and there can only be one end to a task. But this tension between beginnings and endings accompany us our entire lives. A day, a night, a day’s work, sowing, reaping, a course, a project, a commitment. It is the same with every step of our lives, a path, a prayer, a song, a promise, anger, sickness, an encounter,Read More
CHILE, Francisco Javier Troncoso • Chile, recent news: CORFO (state owned company) is about to recover “the vase.” CORFO, the Chilean Economic Development Agency, where I used to work and where Mario Hiriart also worked in the 1940s, was the victim of a 85 million dollar scam in 2003. The theft was made possible because of a flaw in their management systems, which their control department had warned them about. Chilean President Ricardo Lagos tried to downplay the incident, saying: “they took a jar, we’ll recover the jar and caseRead More
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LETTER FROM THE CHILEAN YOUTH, Sebastián Pineda Oyarzun with Maria Fischer • “Our aim with these words is to “take up our role as adults” in the Movement, like Pope Francis urged us during his visit last January. During that same address in Maipú, he urged us to speak out and be the renewal that the Church needs. We took up the challenge, its consequences, and we also take responsibility for what we have expressed here —good and bad —we take responsibility for what we say in these pages.” Just beforeRead More
Ingeborg and Richard Sickinger,  Austria • “What moves us, is: What does Schoenstatt have to give to the church?”, asks Ingeborg and Richard Sickinger. Their answer: Free, strong, catholic families – and not as an idea or a theory, but with a master plan of how this can be implemented. This is a message that the couple share repeatedly, most recently at the World Meeting of Families in Ireland in the context of a talk entitled: Who is doing the dishes? – Pope Francis on the little things that matterRead More
ENCOUNTER WITH FR KENTENICH, Fr José María García Sepúlveda • “Where is my potato?” A somewhat surprising question put by Fr Joseph Kentenich, Schoenstatt’s founder, when he looked at a photo of seminary students of the Schoenstatt Fathers. “My potato” was Fr Kentenich’s nickname for one of them. I was told this story recently by Juan Fernandez, who is a sculptor today, and whom Fr Kentenich called “his potato”. A nickname or a symbol, which he passed on with great joy as we prepare for the fiftieth anniversary of FrRead More
ARGENTINA, Interview with Carlos Barrio y Lipperheide by Maria Fischer from schoenstatt.org • Married to Maria José, a father of five, a lawyer, coach, the author of several books, a member of the Apostolic Schoenstatt Movement and the International Community of Schoenstatt Businessmen and Executives (CIEES), Carlos Barrio y Lipperheide, is no stranger to schoenstatt.org readers. Work and daily life — the “two environments where we spend the largest part of our life” (Fr. José Maria García in the prologue of the book “El Rosario de trabajo y de laRead More
By Verónica Gutiérrez • Responsibility for the truth I’ve been a journalist for two years but I’ve been attracted to this field for a long time. I don’t have a very long career, but if I add my studies, it’s been six years. If we add to this, the time that I’ve been paying attention to the media, then we’re talking about many more. Today I want to comment on what Pope Francis told the media that touches me personally. Pope Francis, in his message for the 52nd World CommunicationsRead More
Carlos Barrio and Lipperheide, Argentina, author of “La alegría en el trabajo” [Joy in work] • Comments on Pope Francis’ prayer for the 52nd World Communications Day (2018)  — Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Help us to recognize the evil latent in a communication that does not build communion. Help us to remove the venom from our judgements. Help us to speak about others as our brothers and sisters. You are faithful and trustworthy; may our words be seeds of goodness for the world: where there is shouting,Read More
Focolare Movement • On the 10th anniversary (2008-2018) of the death of Focolare’s founder, the Movement is highlighting the contribution made by the charism of unity in the field of social responsibility. Let us make our own the saying: “to love in action.” (1 John 3:18) . Jesus wants action; he wants charity towards our neighbour in concrete service. He himself showed us this with the washing of the feet for example. To love through action. We know we can do this … all day long: concrete actions helping oneRead More