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San José padre en la sombra
SAINT JOSEPH MEN | Miguel Ángel Rubio, Spain • The Joseph Challenge 2021 from Schoenstatt.org, only for men: Men from different vocations in the Covenant of Love, from different countries and generations, are being challenge by Pope Francis’ letter, Patris Corde, about Joseph, “this extraordinary figure, so close to our human condition,” and they share what most impacts and motivates them about the figure of St. Joseph and the Holy Father’s letter about him.  Miguel Ángel Rubio, from Spain, feels a strong bond with St. Joseph, father in the shadows.Read More
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
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
WYD 2020, Message from Pope Francis • The Holy Father’s Message to young people for the 35th World Youth Day 2020, which will be celebrated at the diocesan level throughout the world, focuses on the theme: “Young man, I say to you, arise (cf. Lk 7:14). The text, signed by the Holy Father on the day of the memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes, opens a cycle of three messages dedicated to young people on their journey between WYD 2019 in Panama – which we remember so wellRead More
VATICAN/ARGENTINA, Maria Fischer “Mary – Church: The Mother of a Missionary People”. That is the title of the Doctoral thesis in Mariology recently completed by Fr Alexandre Awi Mello, Schoenstatt Father and Secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, at the International Marian Research Institute of the University of Dayton, Ohio, USA. — This study, which has been published by Agape Libros in Buenos Aires, deals with the life and Marian activity of Jorge Mario Bergoglio. It show he learnt a Marian spirituality of the people through hisRead More
IN COVENANT WITH POPE FRANCIS, Maria Fischer • Pope Francis invites young economists, entrepreneurs, and change-makers to Assisi, to make a commitment in the spirit of Saint Francis, in order to make the economy of today and tomorrow fair, sustainable and inclusive, with no one left behind. The other day, a Focolare friend sent this message to her network of fellow journalists from “Together for Europe”, and Schoenstatt.org forwarded the invitation at once, as we realized that news on this great event still needs to spread. “Too bad we areRead More
COVENANT SOLIDARITY WITH FRANCIS, Maria Fischer • The Vatican published its latest video with Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for 2019, in which he calls for us to pray for the “protection of the seas and oceans” during September. — “Creation is a project of love given by God to humanity,” the Holy Father reminds us in his monthly message, which this time urges us to pray that “politicians, scientists, and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans”. Along these lines, Francisco highlights the importance of caring forRead More
CHRISTUS VIVIT, Maria Fischer This time from St. Peter’s in Rome with Fr. Alexandre Awi. On 22 June, the day of the audience with Pope Francis, the crowning jewel of the International Youth Forum, the Schoenstatt participants sent their third and final video message to the International Schoenstatt Family in four languages and only one message: Christ is alive. Christ is alive, the Pope’s message, the message of the Youth synod, the message of this post-synodal journey, is a message for the whole of Schoenstatt, for this apostolic movement foundedRead More
FRANCE, via www.aica.org • The funeral of Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche who died on May 7, was held in the small community of Trosly-Breuil, north of Paris on the afternoon of Thursday, 16 May. The mass, celebrated with great simplicity, was presided over by the Archbishop of Rennes, Pierre d’Ornellas. — The Pope encouraged the L’Arche communities to continue in the footsteps of Jean Vanier. Pope Francis sent a message in which he encouraged the L’Arche communities to “continue to be places of celebration and forgiveness, compassion andRead More
GERMANY/ROME, Dr. Peter Wolf • Dr. Peter Wolf, Rector of the Schoenstatt Center Oberkirch, Germany, was with Father Schaefer and Sister M. Elena on a trip to Rome in Belmonte from May 13 to 18. It was the first group to visit Belmonte after receiving the long-awaited “Agibilitá”, the state building approval and the associated permission to live there. — Turin – Don Bosco While last year we drove via Milan to Rome to get to know Saint Carlo Borromeo, this year we chose the route over the snow-covered SwissRead More