mercy Tag

By María Fischer • On Saturday 16 April, Pope Francis returned from his 13th international apostolic visit, this time to the Greek island of Lesbos. As is customary, before ending each of these trips and returning to the Vatican, the Holy Father went to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to give thanks to the Blessed Mother, the Salus Populi Romani, for her protection during the trip. Before going to Lesbos on Friday, he also went to the Basilica to pray for this brief and very important journey. The PopeRead More
ITALY, via siciliaschoenstatt • On Sunday, April 10 at the Saraceni Hotel – Island of the Women, was held the Regional Conference of the Schoenstatt Family in Sicily. About 1,300 people were present, coming from different dioceses of Sicily: Mazara del Vallo, Monreale, Messina, Agrigento, from the Eparchy of Piana of the Albanians and from the Diocese of Palermo greatest in number. The periods of formation were held by: Don Daniel Lozano, a member of the General Directorate of the Institute of Schoenstatt Diocesan Priests, and Rector of the ShrineRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • “There is no saint without a past nor a sinner without a future” said Pope Francis in his catechesis during the Wednesday General Audience on 13 April. “The Church is not a community of perfect people, but of disciples on a journey, who follow the Lord because they know they are sinners and in need of his pardon. Thus, Christian life is a school of humility which opens us to grace.” With this, the Pope remarked that “yet, this is preciselyRead More

Posted On 16.04.2016In Francis - Message

Mercy and alms

FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” On Saturday 9 April in the Holy Year, Pope Francis once again presided over the Jubilee Audience before thousands of pilgrims and faithful in St. Peter’s Square. Each of us could ask ourselves: “Am I able to stop and look in the face, in the eye of that person who is asking me? Am I able?” Thus, we must not identify almsgiving with the simple coin offered in haste, without looking atRead More
By Sebastián Acha, Asunción, Paraguay, a life-long Schoenstatt member who has been a deputy in the Paraguayan Chamber for the last ten years – a contribution in the series: What does the Year of Mercy mean? • In the 1920s José Ortega y Gasset wrote: “The information that best describes the uniqueness of a race is the profile of the models it elects, because nothing reveals the root condition of a man better than the type of woman that he can fall in love with.  Through the choice of theRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • Continuing with his series of catechesis on mercy in Holy Scriptures, Pope Francis, hafter having reflected on God’s mercy in the Old Testament, began his reflections about how Jesus enacted mercy to the full. At a time of public indignation over the Panama Papers, Pope Francis tells us: “It is on the Cross that Jesus presents the sin of the world to the mercy of the Father: the sin of all people, my sins, your sins, everyone’s sins. There, on theRead More
GERMANY/SWITZERLAND, Melanie and Ulrich Grauert • The mission statement of the IKAF (International Kentenich Academy for Leaders) states, among other things, “Genuine love of God, which should burn within us, gives us a new vision, a new understanding …” This “new understanding” shone out in a special way during the IKAF weekend at the beginning of March in Memholz, Germany. Based on very different actual situations we could clearly feel that as a team – in the plenary sessions – we could strengthen and enrich each other through the charismsRead More
P. Juan Pablo Catoggio, Superior Generalof the Institute of the Schoenstatt Fathers.  An article in the series: What does the Year of Mercy mean? • God, what is your name? That is the question Moses asked God before the burning bush (Exodus 3:1-8,13-15). God is the central theme today, the central theme of today’s liturgy (Third Sunday of Lent). This time of Lent is a time of conversion. Often, we think that conversion is a radical change – profound and life changing – that demands decision, purposes, efforts. And weRead More
By Pamela Fabiano, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the Vatican. An article in the series: What Does the Holy Year of Mercy Mean? • “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy” (Misericordiae Vultus, 1) The Papal Bull on the Proclamation of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy that has been alive now for several months throughout the world, condenses, summarizes and recapitulates in its beginning words, the mystery of the Christian faith. In Christ, the merciful Father takes on a human face to reveal, in a definite way,Read More
ARGENTINA, by Claudia Echenique • On the 22nd Feast of the Sion Shrine, Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio, General Superior of the Schoenstatt Fathers who at that time was visiting Argentina, said that “love and the infinite mercy of God for his children are perhaps the major points of encounter between Pope Francis and our Father and Founder.  They both have the same desire, the same conviction:  that this message of Mercy reaches modern man today who needs it so much.” All wanted to be present at the Sion Feast ThatRead More