"My eyes have seen your salvation" (Luke 2:30). These are the words of Simeon, whom the Gospel presents as a simple man, "righteous and devout." Pope Francis continues to say, "You too, dear consecrated brothers and sisters, you are simple men and women who caught sight of the treasure worth more than any worldly good. And so you left behind precious things, such as possessions, such as making a family for yourselves. Why did you do this? Because you fell in love with Jesus, you saw everything in him, and enraptured by his gaze, you left the rest behind.
Religious life is this vision. It means seeing what really matters in life. It means welcoming the Lord’s gift with open arms, as Simeon did. This is what the eyes of consecrated men and women behold: the grace of God poured into their hands. The consecrated person is one who every day looks at himself or herself and says: “Everything is gift, all is grace”.
Dear brothers and sisters, let us thank God for the gift of the consecrated life and ask of him a new way of looking, that knows how to see grace, how to look for one’s neighbour, how to hope. Then our eyes too will see salvation.
On 1 January 2020, the 53rd World Day of Peace, the Community of Sant'Egidio organized its annual March for Peace, supporting the message of Pope Francis: "Peace as a journey of hope: dialogue, reconciliation and ecological conversion. "The world is our "common home" and we are all called to take care of it. There are too many wars still going on and those who suffer most of all are the poor. They have the right to peace through dialogue and reconciliation. We must also take care of all the lands wounded by the exploitation of nature that await an ecological conversion". (Sant'Egidio)
The Extraordinary Missionary Month of October began in a truly extraordinary way with the opening and blessing of the Abt Pfanner Haus in Langen, Austria, the birthplace of our Father Founder. On October 5-6, 2019, Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood (CPS) from Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Rome, the Missionaries of Mariannhill (CMM) and the people of Langen celebrated with joy and thanksgiving the life of Abbot Francis. Rain did not dampen the festivities which included a special evening prayer on Saturday prepared by our Sisters from Austria and a festive Sunday mass at the parish to commemorate Father Founder's 110th Death Anniversary.
Click here for photos from Saturday, 5 October 2019 and Sunday, 6 October 2019 (from the CMM German Province)
5 October 2019 Evening Prayer
Wenn keiner geht, gehe ich! (original German text)
Rosenkranz mit Lebensgeheimnissen unseres Grunders (original German text)
6 October 2019 Mass Commemorating the 110th Death Anniversary of Abbot Francis
Visit to the Family Home of Abbot Francis Pfanner
The Season of Creation begins on September 1st, the World Day of Prayer for Creation, and ends on October 4th, the Feast Day of St. Francis. The theme for 2019 is “the web of life.” Each species reveals the glory of the Creator. We honor the Creator by loving creation and one other.
We regard creation as a gift filled with God's spirit and created for God's praise. We support a culture which respects life, preserves creation and uses the world's natural resources responsibly. (Const. 218)
Laudato Si SeasonofCreation.org A Great Act of Love