mercy Tag

FRANCIS IN ROME, HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • “Don’t you have another question?” He also noticed that the goodbye was near and perhaps he wanted to give me the joy of enjoying this meeting to the last moment, because we knew that it would not happen again for some time. I went to interview him, but in the end it was he who gently took care that I could ask all of my questions…Trying to be creative for my last question, I told him somewhat abruptly: “Yes, Your Holiness. ThereRead More
Editorial Staff – Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Schoenstatt, Madrid, Cologne, Vienna – Christmas 2015 • ” Only God the Father and his merciful love are important to us. Ultimately he loves us not so much – as we taught at the beginning of our Family’s history – because we have been good, but simply because he is our Father, or because he is able to pour out his merciful love most richly when we joyfully affirm our limitations, our weaknesses and miseries, and become aware that they are theRead More
PARAGUAY, by Maria Fischer • When Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio opened the “Holy Door” of the Original Shrine on 13 December, he showed the two dimensions of mercy: “The first and basic dimension is the mercy of God the Father, ‘…a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness..’ (Exodus 34:6), which is repeatedly given to us, and which we repeatedly experience. The second dimension is our attitude of mercy to everyone, and in particular those who suffer. Two parables of Luke’s Gospel –Read More
From Maria Fischer • “The door is a symbol of Advent: The Lord is coming to us; we want to open the door to him and welcome him.” These were the words of Fr Juan Pablo Catoggio, Chairman of Schoenstatt’s General Presidium, in his sermon on the Third Sunday of Advent. “This year the door is a particularly telling symbol. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has proclaimed an extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. Last Tuesday, 8 December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, our Holy Father opened the Holy DoorRead More
FRANCIS IN AFRICA, by Maria Fischer • The news about the three deaths in a Bangui parish was mentioned to the Pope. He asked: “Can I go?” Bishop Juan José Aguirre of Bangassou related, “This morning with all the joy occurring in Bangui, with all the overwhelming joy present… yet, just a kilometer and a half from the place where the Pope had lunch with the bishops, three people were killed in the Fatima neighborhood.” “I was with the Pope, and I told him: Your Holiness, this morning three peopleRead More
POPE FRANCIS IN AFRICA, by Sarah-Leah Pimentel • On the last night of Pope Francis’ visit to Africa, he gathered with young people in the Central African Republic (CAR). The cathedral in Bangui became a holy place of mercy. Here, in this forgotten corner of Africa, in a country torn by seemingly endless cycles of conflict and death, Pope Francis opened the door of the cathedral that will be the Holy Door through which everyone is invited to enter in the Year of Mercy. Perhaps it will also be theRead More
POPE FRANCIS IN AFRICA, by Sarah-Leah Pimentel • After meeting the leaders of the Central African Republic (CAR), Pope Francis visited a refugee camp, administered the sacrament of reconciliation to a gathering of young people and celebrated two masses. Thousands came to see Francis despite a security lockdown Despite the fears of security, people turned out in large numbers to meet with Pope Francis. Journal de Bangui described the atmosphere as follows: “Despite the security threats and the fear that is now a part of their daily lives, the CentralRead More

Posted On 14.11.2015In Original Shrine

Holy Door of Mercy

From Maria Fischer • An indescribably beautiful and sunny late Autumn day at the Original Shrine at the beginning of November. The trees still show their colourful leaves, others are scattered over the lawn beside the shrine and all around. A picture to illustrate the saying: the many colours of the covenant of love. A single covenant of love here, at this place, in history, borne by grace – and worldwide in many colours, in many languages, cultures, peoples, projects, communities – has taken on life and created a culture. OnRead More
The Holy Year of Mercy by Fr Egon M. Zillekens • During October renovations to the Canaan Patris Shrine, the shrine in the garden of the Marienau, were carried out. The shrine suddenly looked different – the door was closed, the foundations exposed. In a letter to the Priests’ Federation Fr Egon M. Zillekens invited them to connect this view with the Holy Year of Mercy. Dear Confreres, Suddenly you can’t get in, the door is blocked off. Only when we no longer have something, do we discover how muchRead More
ROME, BELMONTE, by Maria Fischer • It was in the evening of 7 September, during the conference of the General Council of the Schoenstatt Institute of Diocesan Priests in Belmonte, that a decision was taken not to wait any longer for someone to suggest a name for the third and hence last “unnamed” seminar room in the Father Kentenich House. The other two had already been named after Fr Franz Reinisch and Gertraud von Bullion on the initiative of the Friends of Fr Reinisch and the Schoenstatt Women’s Federation. TheRead More