Kentenich Tag

Fr. Joaquín Alliende Luco • The Synod on the Family has started. It’s autumn in Europe. Close to the Original Shrine, on the hillsides along the Rhine and Mosel rivers, it’s grape season. A place of wines and wine presses. We should order this differently: a place of wine presses and wines, because as we pray in Heavenwards: “Without the wine press, there is no wine…only dying wins the war (HW 150). We get liquid from the grapes only by crushing them. A very easy way of doing this isRead More
Today, Sarah Jehle responds: She is 25 years old, a member of the Schoenstatt Girls’ Youth from Germany, and studying journalism • Almost a year into the pilgrimage through the second century of the covenant of love…what is your dream for this Schoenstatt in who we are and where we find ourselves in the Church, the world, and in our mission? That the Church and the world would recognize the potential that Schoenstatt offers, specifically everything related to the development of the personality. Father Kentenich’s pedagogy can make a difference inRead More
By Sarah-Leah Pimentel, South Africa • One of my favourite church hymns has this chorus: “And they’ll know we are Christians by our love.” This reminds me of its antithesis. Mahatma Ghandi was once quoted as saying that he had great respect for Christ but did not have great regard for Christians. Ghandi’s comment touches the heart of what where we have often failed to be truly Christian. To be a Christian is not about the number of Masses we attend, the number of rosaries we pray or being involvedRead More
Fr. Alexandre Awi, Brazil • Neither “conservative” nor “progressive.” Simply Church. There are “conservatives” and “progressives” among all of us, and these types also exist in the Church. Fortunately, the rich plurality of opinions and tendencies within the Church also finds a home within our Movement. We don’t find either Liberation Theology or the Mass in Latin detestable, because the Church also doesn’t. Whoever thinks it does should become more familiar with the official positions of the Church. There are people in our Movement who are sympathetic to Liberation TheologyRead More
Belmonte, Fr. Daniel Lozano • Dear friends, the month of July has come to a close; it means that the whole of Rome is on holiday. We will take up our activities again with a conference on 6 September, which will be attended by representatives from all over Italy. We start at 9 a.m. and close with Holy Mass at 5.30 p.m. On 18 July we celebrated the end of the pastoral year with Holy Mass on one of the hottest days of the year; there weren’t many present, butRead More
Today Carlos E. Barrio Lipperheide responds: He is a lawyer who graduated from Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires [National University of Buenos Aires] (1981], specializing in Business and Financial Law. He studied collective bargaining in Argentina and Harvard, mediation in the law school of UBA, and Ontological Coaching at the Institute of Comprehensive Studies. He is the program director of coaching for INICIA, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing training courses for new entrepreneurs. He wrote the book, Vivir la empresa en forma orgánica [To Live Business in an OrganicRead More
GERMANY, Maria Fischer in interview with Renate Immler • If you want to invest in a vision, you will often have to share the fate of Moses. After he had led his people for decades contrary to all human reasoning through the desert to a promised land, and the profit and loss account pointed clearly to a “false investment” of time and strength and gratitude, the land came in sight – only he, Moses, who had always believe in it and given his all for it, did not experience theRead More
Maria Fischer in interview with Fr Egon M. Zillekens • The house of the worldwide Family at Schoenstatt, the Covenant House close to the Original Shrine, is still open and can be visited, experienced and used in many ways. Since 1 August Friederike Ponge and Stafan Butz have been at your service in the Covenant House. They will co-ordinate bookings, renting and all events. Once a week, every Wednesday, they will be in the house, and you can get hold of them there; otherwise by email ([email protected]) or by leavingRead More
By María Fischer, schoenstatt.org editorial team • “A Holy Father that interprets the world based on the experiences of his native South America, from a real and a not a theoretical close proximity to the poor,” commented a visibly moved German reporter, during the primary transmission on public television. “He didn’t return. It’s as if he never left the towns, his favourite place of ministry and being, when he lived in Buenos Aires,” he added, to immediately say that in Europe, we should not fall into the temptation of dismissingRead More
PARAGUAY, by Sebastián Acha • I know that the title of this article is known to many of you They are the words I received from the Father Telephone this morning, after experiencing a wonderful day. I cannot, now, hide the emotion on my face, in my broken voice, in my halting thoughts following Pope Francis’ words last night, here in Asunción, in this wonderful gift of his visit: “Paraguay is anything but dead, thank God. It is a people that is alive. When a people is unengaged and listless,Read More