Spain Tag

Quedamos
SPAIN, Miguel Lasso de la Vega • In their faces we saw happiness and gratitude for what they had received, and our hearts were inflamed with satisfaction for having been instruments of Mary’s educational work. — Thus, we closed on Friday, February 4, in the Parish Church of Santa Maravillas de Jesús in Madrid the fourth edition of the project “¿Quedamos?”, Shall we meet, which had been interrupted because of the Covid-19 pandemic exactly two years ago and has now returned with renewed enthusiasm and joy. “Shall we meet?” isRead More
Ucrania
POLAND/UKRAINE/SPAIN, Benjamin Arizu • Concrete Solidarity: Benjamin (34 years old, 4 children) and Juan (22 years old) Arizu, sons of Ambrosio Arizu, from the Spanish Family Federation and initiator of “Madre, ven”, went together to Poland, rented two vans and traveled to the Ukrainian border to look for people and take them wherever they needed. — Benjamin has been married for eight years, has four children and is with his wife in the Madrid Family League. Juan is finishing university and recently came back from his missionary work in Asturias,Read More
Sínodo Madrid
SPAIN, Javier Nieves •  My name is Javier, I am a journalist and radio broadcaster and also a member of the Schoenstatt Institute of Families. A few days ago, I received an unusual call. It was from the person in charge of institutional relations of the Archdiocese of Madrid: “Good afternoon, my name is Andrés Ramos, and I am calling you on behalf of Cardinal Carlos Osoro”. It is not a usual call, certainly not. “Good afternoon, and what do you need from me?”. — Don Andrés explained to meRead More
#prayForUkraine
Bárbara de Franceschi, Spain • “The horror of war awakens both the best and the worst in human beings.” Since 11 days ago (alas, by now many more) the horror of the war in Ukraine has aroused a feeling of impotence in most of the world before a situation which was unthinkable in the XXI century. — Russia may indeed have felt menaced when Ukraine was considering joining the NATO, yet nothing could justify a Russian invasion of a territory until then considered a friend, an invasion that immediately began with bombardments,Read More
peregrinacion

Posted On 12.03.2022In Covenant Life

Guadalupada 2022

SPAIN, Pere Pares • The Camino de Guadalupe is one of those great treasures of the Spanish tradition that, because it is not so popular, ends up being forgotten, at least for young people. However, great personalities, such as Isabella the Catholic or Miguel de Cervantes, have lived this pilgrimage and their lives are proof that it is a place of grace. — It has been something totally providential that the youth ended up walking the Camino Real. Originally the pilgrimage was going to be to Javier, but when theyRead More
Misión

Posted On 12.02.2022In Missions

Come and see

SPAIN, Carlos Martínez •  Upon entering the Schoenstatt Shrine at 97 Serrano Street in Madrid, Spain, one can read “Come and See”. A phrase from the Gospel of St. John. Everyday hundreds of people go on pilgrimage to this shrine in a noisy city. We are invited to place our gaze on Jesus and to follow him, even without knowing what we are looking for. A few days ago, hundreds of young people dared to fix our gaze on Him and let ourselves be led. — A week after theRead More
Charlie Paternina Francisco me irrita
By Charlie Paternina, Spain / USA• Yes, Francis irritates me. I do have, however, a minor problem. We have been friends for 20 years. I walked into his office on the second floor of 415 Avenida Rivadavia in Buenos Aires for the first time on June 7th, 2001. I expected it to be a short meeting. “Monsignor – I said very politely – thank you for seeing me. I don’t want to take too much of your time. This is the situation: a generous client of mine has offered toRead More
ermida
SPAIN, Lena Castro Valente • At the end of the visit to the Cathedral of Oviedo – from where the original Way of Saint James started – we asked ourselves: Where should we eat lunch? I wanted to do it right there, in Oviedo, in a cider house, but my husband had another idea. — It is really extraordinary how the Mother uses even the ordinariness of our daily life to manifest Herself and lead us wherever She considers necessary. For what purpose? Only She knows… and, who knows, soRead More
Camino
SPAIN, Luis Ortiz/mf • Luis is a Venezuelan citizen who had to flee, but he found a Pilgrim Mother image at the refugee accommodation where he was staying and became her missionary by taking her to people on the street, to refugees … On 11 July, he fulfilled his dream of reaching Spain and doing the Camino of Santiago de Compostela. He relates his encounters with other pilgrims … And with the Pilgrim Mother who goes through the streets of Spain with the slogan: “Come Mother”. Only now that heRead More
gastar tiempo
Three Minute Stories, Paz Leiva, Spain • The other day I heard that some young people speed up the replay of their WhatsApp audio messages so as not to “waste time” in listening to them at the normal speed. — I think there is a difference between wasting time and taking time. Just as wasting money and spending money are not the same thing. It is not obvious… Last weekend a group of adults, six couples belonging to one of Spain’s Family Federation courses, held their annual meeting. It is notRead More