works of mercy Tag

PARAGUAY, by Marité and Ramón Marini. With material from ABC color • On 5 March 2016, the Family Federation held a start-up gathering, but Coco Pereira did not participate.  The reason:  that Saturday, evaluations for people born with cleft lip and/or cleft palate, who need comprehensive medical care, began at 8:00 a.m. at the Central Military Hospital at (Gra. Diaz and Hernadarias, Asunción).  The medical surgeon, Dr. Orlando “Coco” Pereira is one of the many professionals who voluntarily care for people with these malformations. Operation Smile The doctors operated onRead More
VENEZUELA, Puerto La Cruz, diácono Alberto Badaracco • VENEZUELA, Puerto La Cruz, Deacon Alberto Badaracco • “In the corporal works of mercy we touch the flesh of Christ in our brothers and sisters who need to be fed, clothed, sheltered, visited…” Pope Francis tells us in his Lenten message during the Holy Year of Mercy. At the beginning of Lent, which the Holy Father placed under the theme: “The works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee,” we invite everyone who reads schoenstatt.org to place projects – large, small,Read More
Editorial • “Finally Marciana was seen. The municipality intervened. The Blessed Mother blesses her,” Rafael Vera from the Youth Ministry of the Pilgrim Mother Campaign in Paraguay relates with emotion. But long before she received medical attention, this old, blind, sick woman who lived in abject poverty and complete abandonment, received a visit from one of the young people who brought her clothes, food, the Pilgrim Mother for the blind and her presence, their songs, their love, their time. A work of mercy, making it visible and tangible in theRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • Pope Francis entitled his Lenten Message for the Jubilee of Mercy with the words of Jesus: “I desire mercy and not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13), highlighting works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee. “Mary, the image of a Church which evangelizes because she is evangelized,” “God’s covenant with humanity: a history of mercy,” and “Works of mercy” are the three points in his pontifical message. “The poor have a special experience of God’s mercy,” says Francis. Through the “missionaries ofRead More
PARAGUAY, by Rafael Vera, Mima Cardona and Maria Fischer • On 16 January 2015, during a visit from a youth group in an outlying neighborhood of Capiatá. Rafael Vera, of the Pilgrim Mother Campaign Youth Ministry asked a WhatsaApp campaign missionary group: “Is there a Pilgrim Mother for the visually impaired in Paraguay?” They had found Marciana Roda, who lives on Km. 21 in the San José de Capiatá neighborhood: “She lives alone, without help. The neighbors bathe her. She does not have fingers and she is blind…” She needsRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • On 13 January, Pope Francis presided over the General Audience in Paul VI Hall, beginning a catechetical series on God’s mercy in the Bible and he reflected on the passage from Exodus: “the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” For the Schoenstatt Family, this is an opportunity to reflect on the “coincidence” of the 50th anniversary of Fr. Kentenich’s 13 December 1965, “letter of mercy” and his covenant with God the Father, theRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME – WORKS OF MERCY • During the Sunday Angelus on 6 September 2015, Francis invited all parishes, beginning with his Diocese of Rome, to host a family of refugees. Two Vatican parishes, St. Anne and St. Peter’s responded to this request in collaboration with the Papal Almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski and with the St. Egidio Community. On 14 January, the Vice-director of the Press Office, Ciro Beneditini, announced that the new refugees welcomed were a woman from Eritrea along with three children and another young mother andRead More
by Maria Fischer, with material from several agencies • “Do like the Pope, raise funds for the poor and for works at the service of others,” a German Schoenstatter commented during a dialogue about what to do for works of mercy during the Year of Mercy, not having time or a “concrete call from the periphery” in their surroundings. He is right, to give alms indirectly is a work of mercy, and furthermore, one of the very few, concrete works of apostolate mentioned in the statutes of the Schoenstatt ApostolicRead More
PARAGUAY, Maria Fischer and Ani Souberlich • “I want to be very clear. There is no social or moral justification, no justification whatsoever for lack of housing. There are many unjust situations, but we know that God is suffering with us, experiencing them at our side. He does not abandon us,” Pope Francis said in his encounter with homeless people in Washington. “Jesus not only wanted to show solidarity with every person. He not only wanted every person to experience his companionship, his help, his love. He identified with allRead More