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By Dr. Eduardo Jurado Bejar, Ecuador • As we watch what is happening in Venezuela, Haiti, Afghanistan, sub-Saharan Africa and I wonder if it moves us. — If something moves us, it means that it bothers us, worries us, changes us. It moves us toward someone or something; it means that it hits us at an emotional level. Erich Fromm pointed out that love and solidarity — if genuine — are universal. He said that if someone loves a human being, he or she also loves humanity. Solidarity is aRead More
Quito bolsos de caridad
ECUADOR, Maria Fischer • What gives a Schoenstatt shrine its life? The building? The altar? The picture of the Blessed Mother? That community that gathers there to pray? The Schoenstatters who feel at home in it? The capital of grace? These are all good and valid reasons, but the “insider reasons” do not mean anything to ordinary people, to society. Do we have “outsider reasons” to explain what gives a Schoenstatt shrine its life? In Quito, Ecuador, there is one. — In Quito, Ecuador, there is an outside reason thatRead More
Santuario de Santa Cruz do Sul
BRAZIL, Maria Fischer • “What if we launched a large international campaign seeking contributions to the Capital of Grace to help our brothers and sisters in Santa Cruz do Sul to reconquer and rebuild their shrine? Let us create a great current of support and accompaniment for them and show them that there is also community in Schoenstatt. It is an idea…” An idea that Claudio Ardissone from Assunción suggested to his international team members at schoenstatt.org when he saw the pictures of the interior of the shrine, with itsRead More
Padre nuestro de la pandemia
Msgr. Francisco Pistilli, Bishop of Encarnación • Meditate on this prayer and pray an Our Father and a Hail Mary for the sick and their families and for the health personnel and their families. — Our Father, who art in the hearts of thy children, blessed be thy name and blessed be thy infinite tenderness. Come with your Kingdom of peace and life, and embrace your little ones and the needy, in your mercy. Make us humble to love your will and live according to your desires, in our dailyRead More
COVENANT OF SOLIDARITY, Editorial Staff • The immense explosion that occurred this Tuesday, August 4th, in Beirut, Lebanon, continues to reveal alarming figures. More than 100 people were killed and more than 4,000 injured, according to the health minister. The incident was so strong that it was felt in Cyprus, hundreds of kilometers away, and caused a telluric movement of magnitude 3.3 in the Lebanese capital. But a solidarity movement was also noticed. And we want to be part of it, in covenant of solidarity with the people of Lebanon,Read More
PARAGUAY, CMT, Fr. Pedro Kühlcke and Maria Fischer • How does the blessing of the “Sternsinger”, the children dressed as “The Three Kings” from Germany, arrived to the front of the future bakery on the Casa Madre de Tuparenda, I must admit that it is a whole story full of magic, of a dream, of hope against all odds… — It was during Mass in a neighboring parish in January, at the end of the Christmas season, during the days when in Germany thousands of children dressed as kings, walkRead More
CHILE, with material from Maria Ayuda • In Maria Ayuda, one of the oldest and largest social projects in Schoenstatt, we work for the children and adolescents whose dignity and rights have been violated, to give them a good present and to assure them a better future.  For children and adolescents with name and surname, with history and future. They work for Scarlett. —     Scarlett is 20 years old and has a son of one. She was at Maria Ayuda from 2011 to 2018, and one of theRead More
ARGENTINA, Editorial Tribuna • Even during times of pandemic, the solidarity activity that the more than one hundred missionaries of the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement carry out in Rio Tercero does not stop. The group, mostly made up of older women, is working these days on making warm clothing for adults and children. Furthermore, some weeks ago they gave to the Municipality coats and caps that will be used by the health personnel. — “We are currently making quilts for cribs, baby bags, coats and booties for grandparents in day careRead More
CHILE,Fr. Francisco Pereira, Jorge Gómez Alemparte / María Fischer • The Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM) joins the efforts and actions against all forms of violence against children. This is message was expressed on June 4th, the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression. “Our children need tenderness and protection at all times, for they are the hope of society, the Church and humanity”.  What does Schoenstatt do to protect children? The answer is not only education for children or schools and all kinds of strengthening of families, butRead More
SPAIN, Pilar de Beas • For me, the confinement began on March 10 due to a pneumonia that to this day I do not know if it was COVID-19.  Already medicated and with the antibiotic in place, I began to have an urgent need to “do something”. I even contacted a hospital to help (innocent of me) make calls to the relatives of sick people, since what worried me most from the beginning was the loneliness of people who were dying without any hands on theirs. — Here I learnedRead More