Sarah-Leah Pimentel Tag

By Sarah-Leah Pimentel, South Africa, member of`s editorial board • There is not a lot of good news these days. Turn on the television and you hear about Syrian refugees being denied entry to Europe, civil strife in Palestine, Burundi, and Burkina Faso, families torn apart by gang and drug violence in Mexico and South Africa, extremist terrorist groups laying waste to parts of the Middle East and Africa, human rights abuses in Myanmar, Paraguay, and Angola. How do you find hope and joy? The question that the SchoenstattRead More
Sarah –Leah Pimentel – text of a talk given in a parish in Cape Town • The family is in crisis. These are not my words. Pope Francis has said this time and time again. And we can see that it is true. We just need to look around us. Not one of us is untouched by a family in crisis. For some, it is the hurt of a broken relationship – a marriage that failed, children who have left and want nothing to do with their parents, siblings whoRead 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
CUBA, by Juan Vicente Escobar, Misión Cuba of the Chilean Boys’ Youth, relating how they experienced the Pope’s Francis’ visit to Holguín • Over here the Pope revolutionized everyone. When he arrived in Cuba, the parish bells rang and the entire community saw his arrival on Fr. Bladimir’s television. The youths departed Sunday morning at 7:00 a.m. We traveled in three buses, and there were about 120 youths, who were picked up on the way because they were from the entire province. It was very tiring, but the atmosphere wasRead More
Sarah-Leah Pimentel, South Africa •   A Christian does not have the right to be an orphan…we have a Mother. For me, this is probably the most powerful sentence of the entire message that Pope Francis shared with the Schoenstatt Family last year. We have a Mother Sometimes it is very easy to feel abandoned. When a company closes down and the workers are retrenched. A mother whose child has grown apart from the family circle and never comes home to visit. That same child who turned his or herRead More
By Sarah-Leah Pimentel, South Africa • It’s been ten months since about 5,000 representatives (and thousands more who were watching at home) of the International Schoenstatt Family gathered in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican for an unforgettable encounter with Pope Francis. The audience was more than just the final big event of the two-week celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Schoenstatt Movement and the Covenant of Love in a small shrine in Germany. Fr. José Maria Garcia, in the introduction to the book containing Pope Francis’ messageRead More