ECUADOR, Fr. Rafael Amaya /mfi •
In Quito, Ecuador, there are two schools: the one that has already been mentioned several times in articles on schoenstatt.org, of the “Niños de Maria” project, in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of the city, and the Joseph Engling School, which belongs to the Network of Kentenich Schools. —
For the beginning of Lent, a group of Schoenstatters from the Shrine of Quito, gathered with the cleaning staff of the Joseph Engling School, that is, with the people who do the difficult work, “We united to begin Lent in a better way,” said Father Rafael Amaya, “with a journey with our brothers and sisters who do the cleaning”.
“We are beginning Lent and that is why we gather in the name of Jesus. We want to walk these 40 days to meet the Risen Lord, but as brothers on the road”.
On that day, we shared …
- the Word of God
- experiences with the Lord
- food and dreams.
On the occasion of the 6th World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis said: “It is not activism that saves, but sincere and generous attention that allows us to approach a poor person as a brother who reaches out to help me wake up from the lethargy into which I have fallen”. The Pope reminds us that charity “is not an obligation but a sign of love, as Jesus himself testified”. “Generosity to the poor finds its strongest motivation in the choice of the Son of God who wanted to become poor Himself”, he points out.
In the faces of the employees as in those of the Schoenstatters, you could see the joy of the encounter with the Lord.
Original: Spanish 2023-02-25. Translated by: María Aragón, Monterrey, México