Lent Tag

USA, Christy Wilkens • Christy is mom to six wonderful, active children, and wife to Todd. Christy’s children attend Regina Mater, an educational community based on the pedagogy of Father Kentenich located in Austin, Texas in the USA.  The following is from her wonderful and painfully honest struggles of living out her faith in everyday sanctity, particularly their journey raising a child with profound special needs. This post was recently shared on Regina Mater’s Facebook page and website.  Perfect for the start of Lent! — Three ways to live LentRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Maria Fischer • Since 2014, following an initiative of Pope France, the project “Twenty-four hours for the Lord” has taken place every year in Lent.— In his Message for Lent 2018 he wrote: Above all, I urge the members of the Church to take up the Lenten journey with enthusiasm, sustained by almsgiving, fasting and prayer. If, at times, the flame of charity seems to die in our own hearts, know that this is never the case in the heart of God! He constantly gives us a chanceRead More
LENT 2018 WITH POPE FRANCIS • Pope Francis presided over the Penitential Procession and Holy Mass on Ash Wednesday, calling on us to pause, to take notice of the inharmonious chords of our Christian lives and return trustfully to the waiting arms of the merciful Father. His message: Pause, see, and return! The Lord will give you a new heart. These practical words of advice are both practical and current, simple but important in overcoming distrust, apathy, and resignation. In order to overcome the things that paralyse enthusiasm, joy, andRead More
ROMA BELMONTE, by Fr. Rolando Montes de Oca • The Church Fathers described Lent as an ascent of a hill towards Easter. This is a forty-day journey where renew our strength so that we don’t give up or choose the wrong path. On Sunday 19 March, about 30 Schoenstatters came together at the International Schoenstatt Centre Belmonte to walk with Mary, so that we can learn with her how to remain firm at the foot of the Cross. We were welcomed by Sr. Giulia.  In her opening talk, Sr. GuiliaRead More
ITALY, ROME BELMONTE, Gianluca Gentile • 19 March 2017. We met at the International Schoenstatt Centre Bemonte for an afternoon of retreat, reflection and prayer, but above all to listen to our deep desire for God. What Scriptures did our Holy Mother Church give us for this day? It couldn’t have been more fitting! The dialogue between Jesus and the Samaritan woman in John 4 is beautiful and touches something deep down inside our hearts. Jesus is thirsty and tired. It is midday and it is very hot. The SamaritanRead More
BELMONTE ROME, Maria Fischer  • The “Shrine of all of us,” Belmonte Rome’s Shrine, is adorned for Lent – like all the world’s shrines. There are a few purple flowers… Holy Lent has begun that will lead us with our Lord to experience the sorrow and glory of the greatest love of him who gave his life for his friends, in extreme solidarity. “Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians areRead 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
FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • Pope Francis entitled his Lenten Message for the Jubilee of Mercy with the words of Jesus: “I desire mercy and not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13), highlighting works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee. “Mary, the image of a Church which evangelizes because she is evangelized,” “God’s covenant with humanity: a history of mercy,” and “Works of mercy” are the three points in his pontifical message. “The poor have a special experience of God’s mercy,” says Francis. Through the “missionaries ofRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • The General Audience on 3 February, a week before the start of Lent and just before his visit to Mexico, Francis moved through St. Peter’s Square greeting the pilgrims accompanied by two children whom he invited to climb onto the popemobile. The Holy Father dedicated the General Audience to divine justice and perfect mercy, as well as forgiveness. “This is a difficult journey. It requires that those who have been wronged be ready to forgive and desire good and salvation forRead More
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by Sarah-Leah Pimentel God writes straight on crooked lines. This is our experience of life. Sometimes our perfect plans don’t quite work. Other times we feel that we are on the right path and circumstances turn everything upside down. The newly-born Schoenstatt Movement of 1914 could not ever have imagined the events that shaped the history of its first 100 years. God chose to write on these crooked lines Time and time again, it seemed that everything was acting against it. Joseph Engling, Max Brunner, Hans Wormer – some ofRead More