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
UNIVERSAL CHURCH, Maria Fischer – with material from the website of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life • The document has been published, “Catechumenal itineraries for married life. Pastoral guidelines for particular Churches“. The document is an initiative of the “Amoris Laetitia Family Year” and responds to the Holy Father’s desire to offer new paths for preparation for the sacrament of marriage. — “The joy of love that is lived in families is also the jubilation of the Church”: these are the first words of Amoris laetitia,Read More
BRAZIL, via www.portalodia.com • This Saturday, June 18, the Archdiocese of Teresina will lay the cornerstone for the construction of the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Mother and Queen – the popular title of the Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt in Brazil, where also the Schoenstatt Movement, specially in its popular form, is called Movement Mother and Queen. The program will begin with a procession from the Ponte Estaiada, starting at 2:30pm, to the site located in Povoado Santa Luz, rural area of Teresina, where the Holy Mass will be presidedRead More
COSTA RICA, Carlos Alfaro • The mission of offering madrugadores, as an option of authentic manly religiosity, to more dioceses and parishes in Costa Rica continues. On Friday, June 10, we visited another diocese in Perez Zeledon, and on Monday, June 13, we participated in the first early morning of a community in the diocese of Ciudad Quesada. — We visited Perez Zeledon to take the madrugadores message to the Diocese of San Isidro. We were received by Bishop Juan Miguel Castro Rojas, who was very positive to review andRead More
GERMANY, Sr. M. Elinor Grimm / Maria Fischer •  At a church service on the grounds of the Dachau concentration camp memorial site on Sunday, June 12, Cardinal Reinhard Marx emphasized the importance of remembrance and commemoration. In his sermon in the Todesangst-Christi-Kapelle, the Archbishop of Munich and Freising emphasized: “Such a day of remembrance is not only important historically, but also to learn something about our world and to learn something about our faith. That’s Dachau: a place to reassure ourselves about the journey we are on, as humanRead More
COSTA RICA/Schoenstatt, Hugo García • Trusting, resting…like this little bird that perches securely on the cross of the bell tower of the Shrine, from my window in Marienland, I begin to understand better what it means to have complete and total trust, what is “Blank check Surrender”, the “Practical Faith in Divine Providence”…already in a totally practical and experiential way in my today. I hope, I trust, I pray, I believe! — This great experience lived during these days in Schoenstatt, Germany, began with the gratifying announcement by Father JoséRead More
COSTA RICA, Elisa Velásquez Yépez • The National Leaders’ Conference was held in Costa Rica on June 4, at Saint Paul School in San Rafael de Alajuela, with the objective of integrating the leaders of the different branches and vocations belonging to the Schoenstatt Movement. For Father José Luis Correa Lira, national advisor of the Movement, it was essential that each one of the members of the Movement know the richness of the life of going forth that has been cultivated in the last two years. “The mission is lifeRead More
ARGENTINA, Claudia Echenique/Tita Ríos • A new wayside shrine of Our Lady of Schoenstatt has been erected on the banks of the Paraná River in the town of Villa Urquiza, province of Entre Ríos. The initiative emerged from the Madrugadores of the region and was coordinated together with the Villa Urquiza City Hall for its construction. — On Saturday, June 4, Archbishop Juan Alberto Puiggari went to bless it and accompanied the group of the Madrugadores, several neighbors of the place, brothers, and sisters of the Shrine of La Loma,Read More