Holy Spirit Tag

ROME BELMONTE, Bettina Betzner and Maria Fischer • On the feast of Pentecost, Schoentatt also celebrated the golden jubilee of the Shrine belonging the Apostolic Women’s Federation. This shrine was blessed by Fr. Joseph Kentenich on the feast of Pentecost 50 years ago. The plaque with the Father-Holy Spirit symbol from the wayside shrine at Belmonte was present at the celebration. This is the same symbol that can still be found today at the entrance to the property at Belmonte and is a reminder of the simple wayside shrine blessedRead More
POPE FRANCIS • Tension is rooted in human nature: unity or diversity. The temptation of uniformity to the point of dictatorship at the cost of freedom. The temptation of polarisation to the point of creating walls, once again, at the cost of freedom. Pope Francis, just like so many of the Church’s saints, like Fr. Kentenich, encourages the audacity of freedom, the audacity of unity in diversity; of diversity in unity. In our Schoenstatt language, this is covenant culture. The condition and fruit of a new people, a new heartRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME • Not being tied to “rigid obedience” to the law, allowing the Holy Spirit to inspire us, opening ourselves without fear and allowing the Holy Spirit to take us forward are the three attitudes that Pope Francis advised in his homily during morning Mass in the house chapel at Casa Santa Marta on 6 October.  Francis reflected on the scripture readings for the day, which speak about the Holy Spirit, the “great gift from the Father,” the strength that makes the Church go out courageously, reaching “evenRead More
GERMANY, Wolfgang Fella • “Pentecost – what’s it all about?” This was the question given to the visitors on the eve of Pentecost at the beginning of a special service in the packed seminar room on the Marienhoehe at Wurzburg. Young and old squashed together early that Saturday evening. The room was dimly lit, the windows had been blacked out – no one knew why. We had had to move to the seminar room, because the hall was occupied and the shrine far too small to take in the manyRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • Pope Francis presided over the Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost on Sunday 15 May. In his homily, he said that the essential aim of Jesus’ mission, culminating with the gift of the Holy Spirit was to “renew our relationship with the Father, a relationship severed by sin, to take us from our state of being orphaned children and to restore us as his sons and daughters.” The Spirit, given to us by the Father, leadsRead More
SYNOD OF BISHOPS ON THE FAMILY, schoenstatt.org editorial team• A Church in covenant, a Church in dialogue, a Church listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit through the voices of the Synod participants and the holy people of God, in the voices of the times, in the voices of holy families, happy families, families who are evangelising by their lives, hurting families, suffering families, broken families, families under attack. In his conference at the first General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis returned to last year’s themes:Read More
FRANCIS IN THE UNITED STATES • Pope Francis celebrated the closing Mass of the 8th World Meeting of Families on 27 September in Philadelphia, during which he reiterated the family institution as the “right place for faith to become life, and life to grow in faith.” He called on them to abandon sterile divisions and to care for our common home. “God wants all his children to take part in the feast of the Gospel,” he told the crowds, where estimated at 1.5 million people took part in the EucharisticRead More
Vatican City, Vatican Information Service VIS • This morning in the Holy See Press Office a press conference was held to present the Instrumentum Laboris of the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme, “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and contemporary world” (4-25 October 2015). UPDATE: text of the Instrumentum Laborius now in english   The speakers were: Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops; Cardinal Peter Erdo, archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, general rapporteur of the 14th GeneralRead More
Communities that are fearful and without joy are sick, they are not Christian communities. That was the message of Pope Francis at his morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. “Fear” and “joy” – those are the two words of the liturgy of the day. Fear, the Pope said, “is an attitude that harms us. It weakens us, it diminishes us. It even paralyzes us.” A person who is afraid “does nothing, doesn’t know what to do.” He is focused on himself, so that nothing bad will happen.” Fear “bringsRead More
Pentecost is the feast of the Church that goes out. At noon, from the window of the studio in the Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis recited the Marian prayer, the Regina Coeli, on the solemnity of Pentecost. Francis stated that this celebration makes us recall the beginnings of the Church, which we read about in the Acts of the Apostles, which tells us that fifty days after Easter, in the house where Jesus’ disciples found themselves, a “a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filledRead More