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EASTER OF THE RESURRECTION • “Let us go back to proclaim, to share, to reveal that it is true: the Lord is alive!” With these words, Pope Francis urged those who attended the Easter Vigil not to remain closed in the tomb, but to resurrect like Jesus, and he warned that if we are not able to do this, we “are not Christians.” He encouraged everyone to be “driven to keep walking and not resign ourselves to the fact that things have to end this way.” This is the EasterRead More
FRANCIS on the periphery, by Maria Fischer with content from Vatican Radio and Aleteia • The washing of feet on Holy Thursday, calling to mind Jesus, reminds us that “God loves us to the ends of the earth” despite our sinfulness. Pope Francis reminded us of this during the Mass of the Last Supper, which he celebrated at Paliano prison. It is Italy’s only prison for “collaborators of justice”, former mafia members who turn state witness to testify against their former associates and require protection.  In 2013, a few daysRead More
SPAIN, José Delgado-Iribarren • With many responsibilities to carry out, we have a very hectic life that often does not allow us to do other things that seem less urgent, but that would let us help others and make us feel much better. A couple of years ago, my professional situation has allowed me some time to do these things that in my case consist in helping disadvantaged people in our surroundings. It is about trying to follow Jesus’ call in the Gospel and to help our fellowman, anyone whoRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME • Pope Francis dedicated the catecheses in the General Audience on Wednesday 1 March to Lent, because it fell on Ash Wednesday. He highlighted that it is a time of hope that requires effort because “no one goes to heaven in a carriage.” Lent is a time characterised by “nothing without us” to use Schoenstatt terminology. It is a time to leave our comfort zones and to take a risk. It is a time to not conform with what we have. There is temptation, the temptation ofRead More
CHRISTMAS WITH POPE FRANCIS • At the Mass Pope Francis presided at 21:30 Roman time in St. Peter’s Basilica, he explained the real meaning of Christmas: “If we want to celebrate Christmas authentically, we need to contemplate this sign: the frail simplicity of a tiny newborn child, the meekness with which he is placed in a manger, the tender affection with which he is wrapped in his swaddling clothes. That is where God is.” “The newborn Child challenges us. He calls us to leave behind fleeting illusions and to turnRead More
100 HOUSES, Maria Fischer and Ani Souberlich • We are advancing…on the road towards Christmas We, a searching people, a people of waiting, a people of hope… We are advancing…on the road toward Christmas Guided by a star, a star of peace and of solidarity… We are advancing …on the road toward Christmas A single desire guides our steps: to find a child, to find the smile of a child, to find the humanity of a child… We are advancing …on the road toward Christmas Hands extending toward others, theRead More
Sarah-Leah Pimentel, Cape Town, South Africa • Over the last few weeks, I have spent my weekly Adoration hour meditating on a series of Fr. Kentenich’s sermons given in 1962 to the German immigrant community in Milwaukee (Exchange of Hearts, translated by Fr. Jonathan Niehaus). In the series, our founder speaks about an “exchange of hearts” to describe the Covenant of Love, where we exchange our weak hearts with Mary’s strong heart.  He says that this is the antidote for the “disease” of our times, where we have forgotten howRead More
Fr. Guillermo Carmona • The last few weeks have been intense in regard to social, religious and sports events.  “Life,” said St. Thomas, “is a constant movement” whose goal is to grow toward greater fullness.  From among all those events, I pick out two for our meditation:  the Pope’s encounter with the Youth in Poland and the Olympics in Brazil. “With a hand on the pulse of time…” I was overjoyed to breathe anew the fresh air entering the Church like a breath from the Spirit.  The Pope’s message doesRead More
By José Carlos Mendoza Dillon, Cali, Mexico • I belong to the Schoenstatt Professionals in Monterrey (Mexico). I participated as a volunteer at World Youth Day in Krakow. How does one experience World Youth Day? We know that World Youth Days are massive gatherings of youths celebrated every three years. There are cultural events, youth concerts, catechesis with bishops of different nationalities, pilgrimages to important sites, a vocational fair, and it ends with an encounter with the Pope. This gathering and the previous one surpassed 3,000,000 pilgrims. It is commonRead More
WYD2016, by Maria Fischer • More than a million young people braved the rain to welcome the Pope at Jordan Park in Blonia, at the first meeting between Pope Francis and the youth at this year’s World Youth Day.  “So far, I haven’t seen a single Schoenstatt flag in the live transmission,” commented an Argentinian collaborator for schoenstatt.org.  This was in part due to the programme of activities: a large group of the Schoenstatt Boys Youth in South America had been scheduled to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, and becauseRead More