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Let’s walk in common to Emmaus …

Maybe you know this image made by Robert Zünd: “On the walk to Emmaus”.
Anyway, many of us find ourselves in similar situations sometimes. The day after high feast of Easter is a good moment to reflect on the words of Luke 24, 13-35.
We want to invite you, as single or together with others to share your thoughts on this text or what is moving you in the comments below. May the blessing of the resurrected Lord come over all of us.

Advent – a time of great expectations

A time of quietness, a time of recovering, a time of reconsideration, a time of joyful anticipation. At least that we should connect with the word Advent, even if the world around isn’t it. The concentration on the center of our Salvatorian being, on Jesus Christ, and our reconsideration on his coming into our world should fill our hearts with great joy. I know that the reality is talking another language. The CoVid19 pandemic still forces many victims, the numbers of infects are increasing again, based on new mutations of the virus. Climate change is also hard knocking on our door but many people do not react, do not see the signs on the wall (“Mene mene tekel …” [Dan 5]) think they are not touched by that. Are we similar to King Belsazar?

Perhaps in the coming days of great anticipation, you will manage to take some time out. Time to question your own life, to re-explore, to reorient, and to rediscover the center of our Salvatorian being. Let us not close our eyes to the challenges and signs of the times, let us together courageously find new ways of consideration and sustainability. Let us learn to understand how each of us can counteract the pollution, exploitation, and injustice of the world.
May the song be an attunement for you for the coming time. In this sense a reflective Advent and really a time of great expectations…

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Easter triduum: Maundy Thursday

 

Jesus himself washes the feet of his disciples and invites us to humble service to our fellowmen:

“When I, your Lord and your master, have washed your feet, you should also wash each other’s feet. I have set an example; what I have done for you, you should also do” (John 13, 14-15).

 

We feel the same as the apostles Continue Reading

GC letter of inspiration and motivation – Nov. 2020

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Dear Lay Salvatorians,
Please read the new issue of our letter of inspiration and motivation here. Our GC member Sabin Ormaza from Venezuela has written something about “Activities for the Beatification of Fr. Jordan“.

Enjoy the letter and it would be nice to get a little feedback from you.

The members of the GC of the ICDS

Letter of inspriation and motivation

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Queridos Salvatorianos Laicos:

Por favor, lee aquí la última edición de nuestra “Carta de Inspiración e Motivación”. Nuestro miembro del CG Sabin Ormaza de Venezuela ha escrito algo sobre “Actividades para la Beatificación del P. Jordán“.

Disfruta de la carta y sería bueno tener un poco de retroalimentación de ti.

Los miembros del Comité General de la ICDS

Carta de Inspiración e Motivación

Liebe Laien SalvatorianerInnen,
Die aktuelle Ausgabe unseres Inspirations- und Motivationsschreibens finden Sie hier. Unser Mitglied des Gerneralkomitees  Sabin Ormaza aus Venezuela hat etwas über die “Aktivitäten zur Selgsprechung von P. Jordan” 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

Inspirations- und Motivationsschreiben

 

 

 

 

GC letter of inspiration and motivation – June 2020

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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 “Project Kosomeno” in Congo.

Enjoy the letter and it would be nice to get a little feedback from you.

The members of the GC of the ICDS

Letter of inspriation and motivation

Español

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 “Proyecto Kosomeno” en el Congo.

Disfruta de la carta y sería bueno tener un poco de retroalimentación de ti.

Los miembros del Comité General de la ICDS

Carta de Inspiración e Motivación

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 das “Projekt Kasomeno” 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

Inspirations- und Motivationsschreiben

 

 

 

 

ICDS Way of the cross – 2020/9

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Station 9: Jesus falls down under the cross for the third time

 

 

Lying on the Ground …

“To all my foes I am a thing of scorn, and especially to my neighbors, a horror to my friends. When they see me in public, they quickly shy away.“ (Psalm 31:12)

Jesus lies motionless on the ground. Defenseless, exhausted, at the end of his human strength. He lies there like an abandoned, tormented person, exploited and used up. It is difficult to bear this image – and yet we expect it of many of our fellow men. Continue Reading

ICDS Way of the Cross – 2020/4

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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

ICDS Way of the Cross – 2020/6

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Station 6: Veronica hands Jesus the sudarium

 

 

 

Alleviating Needs and Sufferings …

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.“ (Matt 5:7-8)

The crowd enthusiastically follows the spectacular spectacle with mockery, violence, cruelty and curiosity. Veronica, a woman on the way, has the courage to break out of the crowd. She cleanses and refreshes the suffering face of Jesus. Continue Reading

ICDS Way of the Cross – 2020/7

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Station 7: Jesus falls down under the cross for the second time

 

 

 

Collapsing …

“But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads.” (Psalm 22,7-8)

The cruel brutality, the injustice, the ever more oppressive burden, the physical and probably also mental pain, make Jesus collapse a second time. How close Jesus is to us in his human fragility and vulnerability! The people around him stand there, looking, shouting, mocking, scolding. Some are affected, others are not, they appear to be curious, helpless, or happy not to be affected themselves. Continue Reading

ICDS Way of the Cross – 2020/3

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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)
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