Christmas Tag

Requiem Ernest M. Kanzler
SCHOENSTATT, Maria Fischer • When a member of the International Presidium dies, the news goes around the world. The pendulum between unity and diversity (of apostolate preferences, opinions, vocation options) then tilts very strongly toward unity and one is there, walking and carrying along; even in the midst of the Christmas season and in the midst of the Corona Lockdown.  On the night before Christmas Eve, Ernest M. Kanzler, Superior General of the Institute of the Schoenstatt Brothers of Mary, passed away. On December 29th, 100 people in the Pilgrims’Read More
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SPAIN, Pilar de Beas• Christmas was coming and already during Advent, we had started preparing backpacks filled with food and clothes for our friends: the poorest of the poor who do not even have a roof over their heads. — The great “distribution” date was drawing closer and we felt like the Magi from the East, bringing those who were waiting for us the only gift that they will receive: backpacks. And this time they are filled with lots of hard work, prayers and contributions to the Capital of Grace,Read More
Pope Francis, Christmas 2020 • No, Christmas is not cancelled. Not in lockdown, not with contact restrictions, not for all who are alone, not even with Christmas Mass canceled. Because a child is born to us, a son is given to us. In a Christmas Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica marked by pandemic-related restrictions, Pope Francis recalled the essence of Christmas. God’s Son came, Francis said “came to make us, as God’s children, holy by grace.  Yes, God came into the world as a child to make us children ofRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Maria Fischer • First of all: It wasn’t us! When Father Pablo Pol’s message was spread about the letters sent to the Blessed Mother in the Original Shrine that broke the jar, many said to themselves, “But the last time we delivered letters via Schoenstatt.org the jar was still in perfect condition! This Christmas, just in case, we put the more than 750 letters in a paper bag, which was placed next to the old jar, which for the moment replaces the one that was broken. —  Read More
COSTA RICA, Margarita de Escorriola • This third Sunday of Advent, my fourth course of the Family Federation of Costa Rica (FIDELITAS course) went out into the streets of the city of San José, faithful to the Gospel of the day that asked us to “go and proclaim”; we Fidélitas went out to meet the neediest to give ourselves with joy. — In this time of Advent, we rejoice because the coming of the Lord is near and we prepare so many things to receive Him! But we must notRead More
PARAGUAY, Fr. Pedro Kühlcke/mf Christmas in jail? It is sad reality for hundreds of young adolescents in Itagua, Paraguay’s Juvenile Detention Center close to the Tupãrenda Shrine. Christmas in jail? While others rest, sing, feast, and enjoy family and friends? Madness! Madness and a joy for the Schoenstatt prison ministry team. — “Thank you for remembering us on such a special day!” some of the young men said, almost tearfully … Ismelda, she is the “snack boss” each Saturday, comments: “It is worthwhile!! For a hug, for a happy face,Read More
MEXICO, Ana Echavarría Barrios • The Schoenstatt Family from San Luis Potosí, Mexico, experienced joy in one more year of the “Family to Family Apostolate. — “Family to Family” causes us to experience the true meaning of the Child’s birth in our hearts, and it helps us transform it into concrete works of love from our Shrine as a source of graces of apostolic sending forth and a beautiful bridge leading us to always be a Church reaching out.   The joy of Christmas on the faces of children andRead 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
POPE FRANCIS – CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2018 • Sitting around the table at the jewellery workshop of the Brothers of Mary in Schoenstatt in the afternoon on Christmas Day, a Paraguyan, a German who lived in Chile for nearly 25 years, an English woman who was born in India, and a half-Latina German woman, we spoke about how to translate “fraternity.” Or rather, we were talking about Pope Francis’ message and about inculturation, internationality, internationalization (of the Schoenstatt communities, the place of origin) and the international mission of schoenstatt.org and itsRead More
MERRY CHRISTMAS 2018 • To celebrate Christmas, then, is to receive on earth the surprises of Heaven. We cannot simply live an earthly existence when Heaven has brought its news to the world. Christmas inaugurates a new epoch where life is not planned, but is given: where one no longer lives for oneself, on the basis of one’s own taste, but rather for God; and with God because from Christmas onward, God is the God-with-us, who lives with us, who walks with us. To experience Christmas is to allow oneselfRead More