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ARGENTINA, Interview with Carlos Barrio y Lipperheide by Maria Fischer from schoenstatt.org • Married to Maria José, a father of five, a lawyer, coach, the author of several books, a member of the Apostolic Schoenstatt Movement and the International Community of Schoenstatt Businessmen and Executives (CIEES), Carlos Barrio y Lipperheide, is no stranger to schoenstatt.org readers. Work and daily life — the “two environments where we spend the largest part of our life” (Fr. José Maria García in the prologue of the book “El Rosario de trabajo y de laRead More
CRUZADA DE MARIA, Juan Pablo Leucke • Last Monday, they reached the goal. On 20 January, 120 young men from Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, Mexico, Spain, Germany, and Portugal deepened in the Cruzada de María, on the seventh edition of a journey consisting of walking 400 kilometers and crossing the Andes Mountain Range, from the Mendoza shrine to the Bellavista Shrine (Santiago, Chile) on an adventure that lasted seventeen days. We asked one of them to share his personal testimony. – When one must tell something like this experience, theRead More
CRUZADA DE MARÍA, José Argüello • On the morning of 20 January, at 7:00 am, after reflecting on our Family’s second milestone, we departed on the Cruzada de María (Mary’s Crusade) from the Mendoza Shrine. After a few minutes of walking on this Saturday, we encountered a group of four young people in a car at a corner; they were returning from a Friday celebration. A girl sitting in the back seat said in an Argentinean accent: “Chee…look at them…why are they so serious? No one is laughing?” This simpleRead More
FRANCIS – EASTER 2017 • During Easter Sunday Mass celebrated in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis broke with tradition and gave a homily that reflected closely on the dramas at play in the world today: ” Let us think a little about our daily problems, the illnesses that each one of us or one of our family members have experienced,” Francis said, and then he asked: “What does the Church say to us today in the light of so many tragedies? Simply this: the stone that was rejected is notRead More
NIGERIA, Michael Okpala, Schoenstatt Fathers’s student    •  10 December 2016 has providentially entered the annals of Nova Spes Sion course and the Nigerian Schoenstatt Fathers’ Community history. On this day, the five members of this course were ordained to the transitional diaconate. This ordination is a precursor to their priestly ordination, which is slated for 6 May 2017. In this year, the Nigerian Community will be celebrating twenty-five years of Schoenstatt’s presence in Nigeria. This same 2017 priestly ordination will bring the number of Nigerian Schoenstatt Fathers to twenty-five.Read More
Carlos E Barrio and Lipperheide, Lawyer- Coach, Argentina • Rejoice is the first word God directs to mankind in the Gospel.[1]  It is the first word he wants to give us.  He knows us and knows how much we need to feel welcomed, loved, and need to find meaning to our lives and work. But it seems that we have largely lost the joy. We experience work as a meaningless activity, often feeling depressed and emptied of life meaning. The painful side of work dominates the contemporary productive process, emptied ofRead More

Posted On 30.08.2016In Missions

Missions of joy

PARAGUAY, Fabián Daniel López Cuevas • I remember that Pope Francis once said: “Do not be men and women of sadness: a Christian can never be sad! Never give way to discouragement! Ours is not a joy born of having many possessions, but from having encountered a Person: Jesus, in our midst; it is born from knowing that with him we are never alone, even at difficult moments…” (March 24, 2013). I found this kind of joy in Christians in these missions. I like to call the Ciudad del EsteRead More
PARAGUAY, Family Missions 2016, Rodolfo Melgarejo • “The Lord went out to sow, and in the heart of America, he found fertile land…” are the lyrics of a song, and today the Lord once again went out to sow in Paraguay.  Ten towns, with more than a thousand people, mad for Christ. Yes crazy, as we left comforts such as sleeping in a bed, bathing with warm water and there were days we had no water. During this truly cold winter, it rained, but this was nothing if we placeRead More
From Ingeborg and Richard Sickinger, Vienna, Austria • With Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’ post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation about love in the family, a change of paradigm has taken place in pastoral care. A great theme that can be followed through the whole work is a shift of emphasis from the law to the ideal. Cardinal Schönborn, who presented the Papal document on 8 April in Rome, stated in an interview with the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, “This document lifts the discussion onto a higher plane. (…) The Pope speaks of love inRead More
BRAZIL, Karen Bueno • “Christ loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal 2:20) is the certainty and motivation behind the vocation of the new Brazilian Schoenstatt Father, Fr. Ailton Brito Alves.  On Saturday 16 April, the Schoenstatt Family, parish community, many friends and family — in Brazil and abroad — gathered for his priestly ordination at the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Way, in São Bernardo do Campo/SP. Bishop Pedro Carlos Cipolini of Santo André/SP presided over the celebration and advised the new priest: “Never forget God’sRead More