SPAIN, Maria Fischer with material from the Bulletin of the Schoenstatt Movement of Madrid •
“The Holy Door that we have crossed in this Jubilee has set us on the path of charity, which we are called to travel daily with fidelity and joy. It is the road of mercy, on which we meet so many of our brothers and sisters who reach for someone to take their hand and become a companion on the way… Two thousand years have passed, yet works of mercy continue to make God’s goodness visible,” (Pope Francis, “Misericordia et Misera”, No. 16, November 2016), Pope Francis said in his letter, Misericordia et Misera, and he asks for commitment in the sense of works of mercy:
“In our own day, whole peoples suffer hunger and thirst, and we are haunted by pictures of children with nothing to eat. Throngs of people continue to migrate from one country to another in search of food, work, shelter and peace. Disease in it various forms is a constant cause of suffering that cries out for assistance, comfort and support. Prisons are often places where confinement is accompanied by serious hardships due to inhumane living conditions. Illiteracy remains widespread, preventing children from developing their potential and exposing them to new forms of slavery. The culture of extreme individualism, especially in the West, has led to a loss of a sense of solidarity with and responsibility for others.” ( Misericordia et Misera, No.18)
It is a call that has found response in the Schoenstatt Family of Madrid.
250 Christmas baskets for Móstoles’ needy
As on every year, the Schoenstatt Youth from Madrid will carry out a Christmas campaign. The objective for this year is to distribute more than 250 baskets with Christmas food to the people who are attached to the social dining hall of San Simón de Rojas in Mósteles.
Moreover, on the day of the boxes’ distribution there will be a Christmas gathering for children.
Every Schoenstatt Family from Madrid collaborates by registering upon leaving Mass so that they may be assigned a box for an actual family along with a list of recommended items. The boxes will be distributed at the Pozuelo and Serrano Shrines or via donations.
We eagerly await the report about the boxes’ delivery.
Original: Spanish. Translation: Celina M. Garza, San Antonio, TX USA. Edited: Melissa Peña-Janknegt, Elgin, TX USA