France Tag

FRANCE, Editors of schoenstatt.org, with material from AICA • In the early hours of 7 May 2019, the Canadian philosopher and theologian, Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche communities that serve people with disabilities and their families, died at the age of 90. — On his flight to Macedonia Pope Francis was informed about the death of Jean Vanier and prayed for him and the entire L’Arche community. After meeting Jean Vanier in March 2014, the Pope described him as “a man who smiles and encounters others”. Active and enthusiasticRead More
FRANCE, Maria Fischer • Monday 15 April, Monday of Holy Week. Pictures and the news spread around the world when, about 7 p.m., flames from an infernal fire threatened one of the most emblematic cathedrals of France, Europe, and the whole Church: Notre Dame, Paris, was on fire. Not only did Catholics suffer shock and pain, but also other Christians, people of other religions and atheists united in a solidarity of sadness and helplessness as they witnessed the medieval treasure, the history of an entire people and a place fullRead More
FRANCE, François-Xavier and France de Marolles • There is now a Schoenstatt Mother Thrice Admirable wayside shrine in the Castille Seminary’s St. John Paul II space in the Diocese of Toulon (France), in the department of Var. France situated 190 km from Italian border; it is the first Schoenstatt Wayside Shrine in southern France.  — A wayside shrine born from a father’s sorrow This beautiful wayside shrine was built with stones from the Provence region; it is project conceived by the artisan, Benoit Mark, who offered to do the workRead More
INTERNATIONAL, Roberto González • For all Schoenstatters, dates are very important, since we remember specific times in our personal histories, such as when a Covenant of Love with Mary was sealed, or our countries’ history, and we especially like to remember the large and small milestones within and outside the Shrine, which is our homeland. The beginning of 2018 is particularly marked by an important anniversary: the 50th year since Fr. Joseph Kentenich, our beloved Father and Founder’s death. Although many of us never had the opportunity to know andRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Maria Fischer • It was a cold, wet and grey day in January and it was his 120th birthday. Most of the people in Vallendar and its surrounding area were more concerned about the threatening flooding of the Rhine and Mosel rivers, and of the trees uprooted by the storm a few days earlier. Joseph Engling, Schoenstatt’s youthful co-founder from Polish Warmia, formerly part of Prussia, was born on 5 January 1898 and died on 4 October 1918 – a hundred years ago this year. So this wouldRead More
Maria Fischer • The small home printer could not keep up with all the many emails that came in the last week of Advent– let us remember that schoenstatt.org has no headquarters or office. So on 18, 19, 20 of December, a partial delivery of all these letters sent to the MTA in the Original Shrine was made filling the jar to the brim They came especially from Latin America – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, México, and Panamá – but also from the United States, Spain,Read More
FRANCE, Fr. Jean-Marie Moura • We share a letter by Fr. Jean-Marie Moura, a French Diocesan priest whom Bishop François Garnier from the Diocese of Cambrai assigned to take responsibility for the pastoral work at the shrine in Cambrai. This shrine, built as a gift from the entire International Schoenstatt Family in 1965, has very little Schoenstatt life around it today. The bishop, who is a great friend of Schoenstatt, did not want to abandon it. Fr. Jean-Marie started by spreading the PIlgrim Mother Campaign, with great sucess.    Read More
Maria Fischer • “Then, I opened the door, and I found myself before the Blessed Sacrament. After this long trip through cold and darkness, tired and without even knowing if I would find the Shrine, I found her myself, illuminated this this warm light. It was time for Eucharistic Adoration, tears fell, and I did not care about anything else… I arrived and there was only joy within me, simply joy, within me; it is Christmas.” Gabrielle Pietro belongs to the Schoenstatt Girls’ Youth in San Antonio, Texas USA. SheRead More
Our heart and our prayers in our Shrines go out to the victims of the cruel attack in Nice, to their friends and family, to helpers, doctors, police… God, have mercy! Nuestras oraciones en los Santuarios para las victimas del ataque horrible en Nice, sus amigos, sus familias, los médicos, policia… Dios, ten piedad. Unsere Gebete im Heiligtum für die Opfer des furchtbaren Anschlags in Nizza, für ihre Freunde und Familien, die Helfer, die Ärzte, die Polizisten… Gott, hab Erbarmen! #prayforNice Pope Francis: prayer and solidarity “We have followed duringRead More
TOGETHER FOR EUROPE – Impressions of the conclusion of the Congress on 1 July 2016 • While she was reading the Sacred Scriptures, Salomy thought of her experiences on this second day of the Congress “Together for Europe”. She had read an exciting story from the Old Testament, in this case, that of Elias who maintained that if you only pray ardently and trustingly enough to God for rain, this God would hear him and let it rain. … After a nerve-racking wait a tiny little cloud appeared on theRead More