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Station 5: Simon helps Jesus to carry the cross

 

 

 

Going Along With

They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.“ (Mark 15:21)

The way of Jesus crosses with the way of the surprised farmer Simon. He is perhaps tired from work and on his way home. Now he is to bear the execution beam of a “criminal”. Simon has no idea who this condemned man is and how he finds himself so suddenly and inexperienced in this situation. Faced with the surrounding violence, without question he takes the heavy beam on himself and accompanies Jesus on his last journey. 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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Station 1: Jesus becomes sentenced to death

 

 

Condemning …

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

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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

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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 “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

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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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Dear Lay Salvatorians,
Please read the latest issue of our letter of inspiration and motivation here. Our ICDS Vice-President Kenzia Drake from the United States has written something about “The importance of Community“.

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 Vicepresidenta del ICDS, Kenzia Drake, de los Estados Unidos, ha escrito algo sobre “La importancia de la Comunidad“..

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. Unser ICDS-Vize-Präsident Kenzia Drake aus den USA hat etwas über “Die Wichtigkeit der Gemeinschaft” 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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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

Letter of inspriation and motivation

Español

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

Carta de Inspiración e Motivación

Liebe Laien SalvatorianerInnen,
Die aktuelle Ausgabe unseres Inspirations- und Motivationsschreibens finden Sie hier. Unser ICDS-Generalausschussmitglied Olga Lucia Hurtado aus Kolumbien hat etwas über “Die Bedeutung der Arbeit als Salvatorianische Familie” 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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