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SPAIN, Pilar de Beas • For me, the confinement began on March 10 due to a pneumonia that to this day I do not know if it was COVID-19.  Already medicated and with the antibiotic in place, I began to have an urgent need to “do something”. I even contacted a hospital to help (innocent of me) make calls to the relatives of sick people, since what worried me most from the beginning was the loneliness of people who were dying without any hands on theirs. — Here I learnedRead More
INITIATIVES IN TIMES OF PANDEMIA, initiated by the Community of Sant’Egidio – Thousands of people from different European countries have shared the appeal promoted by the Community of Sant’Egidio. The first signatory is Andrea Riccardi, together with a group of personalities who express, in a different way, European culture. An appeal that quite obviously finds strong resonance among those who are worried about the situation of elderly citizens in these times of pademic.— This appeal comes from a concern of the Community of Sant’Egidio for the future of our societiesRead More
PARAGUAY, Ani Souberlich • Thanks to the “Intelligent Quarantine” decreed by the government of Paraguay, on Monday, May 4th, we re-opened the doors of the CMT  (Casa Madre de Tuparenda/House Mother of Tuparenda), “reinventing” ourselves to be able to continue giving the opportunity to our adult participants to rejoin the program and thus, together, to be able to accentuate the production of baked goods in the bakery and of mouth guards (so much in demand at this time of COVID-19) in the area of Industrial Confection. On the other hand,Read More
GERMANY, Bettina Betzner • In the midst of the turmoil of World War I in 1917, a young woman experiences an encounter that will change her life abruptly. For the observer it is an inconspicuous encounter and yet a decisive moment. After a prayer in a small side room in the military hospital, a conversation between two people begins, which will change their lives. Through Frater Franz Salzhuber, Countess Gertraud von Bullion learns about the existence of the Apostolic Federation of Schoenstatt. It is an association of lay people whoRead More
CHILE, editorial staff • May 31st, the anniversary of the third milestone in Schoenstatt’s history, which marks the commitment of Father Kentenich and his Schoenstatt to think, act and love organically as the fruit of a profound conversion and as a condition for a new Pentecost in the Church, this year 2020, coincides with Pentecost Sunday. It is being celebrated, at the same time, during a world pandemic; and in Chile -where this milestone occurred in 1949- at a time of a profound ecclesial crisis at the root of theRead More
SPAIN, Rodolfo Monedero • How to help? This is the question posed at a remote meeting of a group of Schoenstatters. When buying food or paying for electricity and gas, becomes a problem for many, Schoenstatt cannot remain indifferent. When our society suffers, we cannot remain comfortably installed in our bubble. “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty…” —. “But there are already many initiatives at work,” -someone claims. “I already collaborate with Caritas,” -says someone else. It doesn’t matter. The Queen’s children also make themselvesRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Fr. Pablo Pol/mf • In many countries, especially in the northern hemisphere where it is springtime, May is celebrated as “Mary’s month”. For this reason, a more extensive schedule of prayers and celebrations in the Original Shrine is being announced. The most interesting thing for the international community – beyond the Masses that follow in their already established schedule – is the prayer of the rosary every day at 7:00 p.m., in different languages. Everything, of course, is online. We already know that online is no less realRead More
MEXICO, María Esther Aragón • The situation we are going through today, is truly transcendental and has made us question many things and situations in our lives, but the flag with which we all march on this road, all of us who are Schoenstatters, is the Blessed Mother, our Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt. Why? Well, because she is the center, the queen, our way to God, to sanctity.  It is a charisma that must be lived to understand it.— Our course decided to prepare and join theRead More
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CHILE, Fr. Francisco Pereira, spiritual director of Maria Ayuda /mf • Every April 12th, Maria Ayuda celebrates its anniversary with a thanksgiving Mass open to the whole community. In the Eucharist, boys and girls, representing their houses, bring their offerings, symbols of the results of the past year, their achievements and difficulties, as well as those of the different instances of the institution.—   This anniversary, which fell on the day of the Lord’s Resurrection, caught us in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and, therefore, with restrictions on socialRead More
PARAGUAY, Maria Fischer • “Trade in Ciudad del Este is one of the areas most affected by the Covid-19 quarantine. Despite its difficult situation, however, the merchants began a huge solidarity crusade, delivering thousands of kilos of food and hospital supplies”. This is how an article in the newspaper ACBC Color de Paraguay begins, on April 12, Resurrection Sunday. And it is truly an article worthy of this day, since it speaks of what is most typical and at the same time most challenging for those who believe in theRead More