Monthly Archives: March 2020
Station 4: Jesus meets his mother
Getting Touched …
The words that old Simeon spoke to Mary at the temple are beginning to come true: “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” (comp. Luke 2:34-35)
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is moved by compassion. She does not withdraw in this distress but shows her Son that she stands by him in everything and that she is with him with her love. She does not leave his side, does not avoid the visible pain, accompanies him and remains present. Continue reading
Station 3: Jesus falls down under the cross for the first time
Falling Down …
“But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee, … they maliciously mocked; they gnashed their teeth at me.“ (Psalm 35,15-16)
People suffer some defeats in their lives. Instead of getting help from others, they get only the feeling of being a “total loser”. – Who of us has not “fallen” in life or seen someone else “fall”? – Is it right then to mock the one lying on the ground even further instead of reaching out to help him? – Perhaps we should understand these traps of Jesus as a sign of his solidarity with us. – “… he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found to be human in appearance, ” (comp. Phill 2:6-7) Continue reading
Station 2: Jesus takes the cross on his shoulders
Bearing and Enduring …
Jesus is forced to carry the crossbeam on which he is to be crucified. Without resisting, he carries it like the other two accused. Doesn’t this remind us of his earlier enigmatic message: “”Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me “? (comp. Matt 16:24)
Taking life as it is. – every human dreams of a bright future, of a fulfilled life. But the reality is different for most people. The words from above sound hard, they admonish us and do not invite us to take the easy way. Let us remember the pictures from the newspapers and news. – Sisters and brothers who are persecuted, humiliated, killed because of their race, their faith, their skin colour. – People who even today are traded like cattle, exploited and abused as modern slaves. – Children who have their lives taken away before it has even begun. – People who have to live in and with conflicts for which they themselves are not to blame. Continue reading
Station 1: Jesus becomes sentenced to death
Jesus becomes innocently sentenced. Pilate asks him, “What have you done?” Jesus answers: “I came into the world to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” (comp. John 18:35-37)
How quick we are today with prejudices – especially against people who do not fit into our way of doing things and our lovely picture of how life should be. How often do we hear about slander, today also called “mobbing”, – or are perhaps even affected by it ourselves – as victims? – as confidants? – as perpetrators? Continue reading
Dear Lay Salvatorians,
Please read the new issue of our letter of inspiration and motivation here. Our GC member Rita van Olmen from Belgium has written something about “Salvatorian Spirituality“.
Enjoy the letter and it would be nice to get a little feedback from you.
The members of the GC of the ICDS
Queridos Salvatorianos Laicos:
Por favor, lee aquí la última edición de nuestra “Carta de Inspiración e Motivación”. Nuestra miembro del CG Rita van Olmen de Bélgica ha escrito algo sobre “Espiritualidad Salvatoriana“.
Disfruta de la carta y sería bueno tener un poco de retroalimentación de ti.
Los miembros del Comité General de la ICDS
Liebe Laien SalvatorianerInnen,
Die aktuelle Ausgabe unseres Inspirations- und Motivationsschreibens finden Sie hier. Unser Mitglied des Gerneralkomitees Rita van Olmen aus Belgien hat etwas über die “Salvatorianische Spiritualität” geschrieben.
Lassen Sie sich von dem Brief inspirieren. Über eine Zuschrift dazu oder eine kleines Feedback würden wir uns freuen.
Die Mitglieder des GC des ICDS