Pentecost Tag

By Ignacio Serrano del Pozo • I begin this column by recognizing that it has not been easy for me to join the crowning current that has seemed to mobilize the Schoenstatt Family in Chile for some years.  There are many reasons, but I could summarize them in three.— First of all, It seemed to me that the concern to return the crown stolen from the Shrine of Bellavista on January 18th, in the midst of Pope Francis’ visit to the country, was – to say it in plain languageRead More
CHILE, editorial staff • May 31st, the anniversary of the third milestone in Schoenstatt’s history, which marks the commitment of Father Kentenich and his Schoenstatt to think, act and love organically as the fruit of a profound conversion and as a condition for a new Pentecost in the Church, this year 2020, coincides with Pentecost Sunday. It is being celebrated, at the same time, during a world pandemic; and in Chile -where this milestone occurred in 1949- at a time of a profound ecclesial crisis at the root of theRead More
CHILE, Bárbara Brain • So much excitement! Everything was so beautiful! What an impressive testimony! What joy! Thank you, thank you! … These are some of the comments from the people who gathered for the Pentecost vigil on 8 June at Paseo Bulnes, in downtown Santiago.— Perhaps it was not a crowd in the literal sense of the word, but there is no doubt that the fire of the Holy Spirit touched each of the more than 3,000 souls that gathered in the streets to express their hope in theRead More

Posted On 18.06.2019In Kentenich

31st May “revisited”

Ignacio Serrano del Pozo, Chile • One of the difficulties that Schoenstatters, both the newly-initiated and those who are deeply steeped in its spirituality, have is understanding exactly what is hidden behind the mythical date of the 31st of May. This question has emerged again, as we celebrate its 70th anniversary, because it is hard to understand exactly what it is that we are celebrating: a famous talk about attachments given in Bellavista? A mythical letter to the German bishops that cost the founder 14 years in exile? An evangelizingRead More
CHILE, Gonzalo Díaz and Barbara Brain • “We invite you with great hope to unite with us in mobilizing yourselves this Pentecost. At such crucial moments in the life of the Church, we want to ask the Holy Spirit to renew us with his light, warmth, and strength and to make of us credible witnesses to the gospel.” – This simple and direct call, from a small group of Schoenstatt members in Chile, grew from a trickle of enthusiasm among various groups of our downcast Chilean church. Wounded by casesRead More
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CHILE, Fr. Juan Pablo Rovegno, Director of the Schoenstatt Movement in Chile • “It was a very necessary and purifying Family moment,” commented Fr. Juan Pablo Rovegno, National Director of the Schoenstatt Movement in Chile.  This was in regard to the Mass celebrated on October 18, 2018, in Bellavista.  The occasion was the anniversary of the Covenant of Love and the closing of the “Father Kentenich Year” in the Metropolitan Region, and it became an encounter for uniting as family to “heal and restore, to offer, and to purify.”— “WeRead More
Pentecost 2018, Pope Francis • On the solemn celebration of Pentecost, Pope Francis, accompanied by the cardinals, bishops, and priests of the Roman Curia celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. With the echoes of the announcement of the upcoming canonisation in Rome of Paul VI and Oscar Romero. Francis spoke of the Holy Spirit as the divine force that changes the world, beginning with hearts. The Holy Spirit that takes us, our communities, and the whole church out of its comfort zone, from “peace and quiet” and sends us toRead More
Maria Fischer • His nose just about reached the rim of the baptismal font if he stretched hard enough. It didn’t satisfy him, so he hopped and jumped again and again while his eyes shone with irrepressible joy and impatience. During the Litany of the Saints we would have loved to pour over him a whole bath of baptismal water and soak him in a completely unorthodox way. … The sight of this young catechumen, and the thought of the bath of baptismal water, gave rise to so much joyRead More
LET US PRAY WITH POPE FRANCIS – IN JUNE • “May the Spirit grant peace to the whole world. May He heal the wounds of war and of terrorism, which even this [Saturday] night, in London, struck innocent civilians: let us pray for the victims and their families.” With these words, Pope Francis asked the universal Church to unite their prayers for peace and for the victims of the attacks in London on the eve of Pentecost. Another #prayforLondon hashtag? As we remember Manchester, Paris, and Berlin, we run theRead More
POPE FRANCIS • Tension is rooted in human nature: unity or diversity. The temptation of uniformity to the point of dictatorship at the cost of freedom. The temptation of polarisation to the point of creating walls, once again, at the cost of freedom. Pope Francis, just like so many of the Church’s saints, like Fr. Kentenich, encourages the audacity of freedom, the audacity of unity in diversity; of diversity in unity. In our Schoenstatt language, this is covenant culture. The condition and fruit of a new people, a new heartRead More