Dear Lay Salvatorians,
Please read the latest issue of our letter of inspiration and motivation here. Our ICDS General Committee member Olga Lucia Hurtado from Colombia has written something about “The importance of work as a Salvatorian Family“.
Enjoy the letter and let us know what you think about it.
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”. Olga Lucia Hurtado, de Colombia y miembro de Nuestro del Comité General de la ICDS, ha escrito algo sobre “LA IMPORTANCIA DEL TRABAJO COMO FAMILIA SALVATORIANA“.
Disfruta de la carta y dinos lo que piensas al respecto.
Los miembros del Comité General de la ICDS
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
Christ does not have hands, only our hands
in order to fulfill his mission today.
He does not have feet, only our feet
in order to guide people on his path. Continue reading
“Rejoice” – in Latin “Gaudete” – is the motto of the third Sunday of Advent. “Rejoice in the Lord always! I shall say it again: rejoice!” We can read this in the letter to the Philippians. On the Advent wreath, the pink candle is lit today.
“I feel like a million dollars and like to embrace the whole world!” – “I am bursting with joy!” Maybe, or hopefully, everyone knows the feeling of infinite joy that some event brings with it. It is a feeling that makes one hover above the ground, that produces “butterflies in the stomach”.
The Holy Scripture often speaks of joy. We can find more than 200 places in the Old Testament and over 100 in the New Testament. The Holy Scripture presents the joy of God as a source of power (“…, for rejoicing in the LORD must be your strength! “, Neh 8,10b), which allows one to maintain one’s inner balance even in unpleasant situations. Joy is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Service to a neighbor may also give joy to the servant, for joy can be incredibly contagious. As an Asian saying goes, “Thousands of candles can be lit by the flame of one candle without their light getting weaker and joy does not decrease if it is shared.“ Continue reading
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In the first days of November of this year in many places in the world, people thought about the end of the first world war 100 years ago. „Never war again“ was one of the most cited appeals because people had gone through a war with unimaginable horror. Did they learn anything from that? Unfortunately not, because as much as the war and the violence was abhorred at that time, the actual causes have received very little attention. Immediately thereafter, demands for reparations, territorial claims, etc. were on the table, which only deepened the discord, hatred and injustice.
In connection to this, you could consider the verse from Mat 5,39: “When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well.” A wisdom, which irritates us immediately. Why do I have to suffer the hurt twice and become humiliated to get peace? – Not a few will ask what is that good for? It is no different than a wisdom that the ancient Greeks had already recognized, namely that of amnesty. There it was prescribed by law and executed in all its consequence. What does that mean?
What has happened cannot be undone, and we all know this from often painful experiences. The call and desire for revenge, retribution and (supposed) justice is strong. But how can one succeed in escaping this spiral of mistreatment, murder, manslaughter and ongoing mutual violence? This is a dilemma which is tormenting human history for millennia.
In ancient Greece, it was recognized that a new, untouched page must become opened in the Book of Life. However, this can only happen if all the old “insulting and hurting” does not continue to burden. Therefore “general forgetting” – the amnesty, was prescribed by law. The violation or disregard of this law was made under penalty of death or synonymous exclusion from the society (outlaw = was left to fend for itself), the highest of all penalties. Thus, amnesty can be seen as a kind of prescriptive forgetting. This requires tremendous courage from people in terms of size and tolerance. This is often not easy. But only through this pain a new beginning succeeds, and a new, common life is possible.
The Christian faith understands itself as a religion of peace. But what a contradiction do we see and read in the daily news?
Today we celebrate the first Sunday of Advent. This should recall on the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. (Luke 21,25–28.34–36). This report on this triumphal entry is a contrast program. But these contrasts show us examples for use in one’s own life. It is the story of a king who comes as a low servant on a donkey, not in royal robes, but in clothes of the poor and the humble. Jesus Christ does not come as an earthly king to conquer by force, but with love, grace, mercy and his own sacrifice for his people. His kingdom on earth has no armies, riches, or splendor, but humility and servanthood. He does not conquer nations or markets; he does not want to dominate anyone. No, he invites and speaks to the hearts of the people, His message is that of peace.
Every peace always starts on a small scale, in ourselves, no matter what the external circumstances may be. Every peace begins or ends where the boundaries between me and my neighbor are crossed. If there is disunity within ourselves, it usually reflects outward in our words and actions. Sooner or later, this inner “war” leads to external strife. That’s why it’s so important to be in peace with yourself, “to functioning smoothly”. I cannot ask for something from others that I am not prepared to give from myself.
The essential step to inner peace is forgiveness. Only by forgiving others and oneself can the negative emotions be overcome. This does not say the acts or incidents were alright. Sometimes only the prescribed forgetting helps here. Then it becomes clear, what Jesus had meant with, “When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well.” This can’t work without pain. It’s a tough struggle, but it works if both sides have a genuine interest in it. Peace begins in small steps and gestures. Great empathy and creativity are needed to resolve conflicts, as well as other, non-violent methods. It is a long learning process and requires emotional maturity. Let’s set off together on the road to a common peace on this first Sunday of Advent …
In this sense:
Shalom aleikhem – as-salãmu ʿalaykum –
peace be upon you –
La paz sea contigo –
Pokój z toba –
La paix soit avec vous –
a paz esteja contigo –
Friede sei mit Dir …!
What is this site, this blog good for?
Well, you know, one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.1 That means that you need always some word or lines for your spiritual development. And you will say now, ok, that I can get from the Holy Scripture and other specific materials. – Yes, of course, but here is a place, where you as Lay Salvatorian should feel invited to share your spiritual thoughts, your visions, your prayer. This words can be seen as “Spiritual Diary” of the Lay Salvatorians, words of inspiration, words of motivation, words which are inviting to follow our Salvatorian path …
To be Salvatorian means to be catholic, so to be really all-embracing. We are also invited to the Salvatorian universality – an openness to many other points of view because each of us comes from a different environment, a different culture, another reality. But we have one goal in common: “To know you the one and only true God, and whom you have sent …”
Therefore your article is required to bring forward our all richness in faith. In addition your comment as an editorial contribution for discussion to start and continue a conversation across our inner and outer borderlines. This is an offer to deepen our worldwide community – and it lives only with your input and support.
- Mat 4,4 ↩