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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

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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

 

 

 

 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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 “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

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 “Espiritualidad Salvatoriana“.

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 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

Inspirations- und Motivationsschreiben

 

 

 

 

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Dear Lay Salvatorians,
Please read the latest issue of our letter of inspiration and motivation here. Our ICDS General Secretary Anne Cullender from Australia has written something about “Universality as Lay Salvatorians“.

Enjoy the letter and let us know what you think about it.

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 Secretario General del ICDS, Anne Cullender, de Australia, ha escrito algo sobre “La Universalidad como Laicos Salvatorianos“.

Disfruta de la carta y dinos lo que piensas al respecto.

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. Unsere General-Sekretärin des ICDS Anne Cullender aus Australien hat etwas über “Die Universalität als Laien-SalvatorianerInnen” geschrieben.

Genießen Sie den Brief und lassen Sie uns wissen, was Sie davon halten.

Die Mitglieder des GC des ICDS

Inspirations- und Motivationsschreiben

 

 

 

 

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Part 2:

Living in the presence – What is important today?

Looking outside, we have to accept that our world is like a permanent moving ball. Science, technic and economy surprises us with new realizings daily. Our world has got “smaller” – but in the same way the challenges and tasks of our daily life have multiplied.

One of the biggest challenges of today is to find ways to evangelize in a form that is understood.

Important and unimportant news, advertisement and the several possibilities of communication of modern media guide many people along the day. In the working world the pressure to generate more output without more money on is increasing. In some areas people are forced to work overtime. In others we find stagnation or recession over months or even longer. More and more people are caught by fear about their future, which is underpinned by reports of job cuts, money savings, job loss, etc. From the distance it looks like a big win. But if you come closer you will recognize upset that it turns out to be a kind of rat race – where ALL are part of it without any exception – only in different ways. Continue reading

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