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On the common path …

A group of the Lay Salvatorians in Austria met last Saturday for a spiritual walk through the landscape in the northeast of Austria. The start and endpoint was the little local church of Gaubitsch, the eldest in the surrounding with roots back to 1055.
With a prayer and a song, we started our walk. Seven stations invited us with text from the Holy Scripture to reflect a little bit on our personal path in life. The walk was a wonderful recreation after the last years affected by the CoVid-pandemic. Even if not all exchanges we can describe as “Holy words” there was to feel the Holy Spirit as a companion and opened again our common engagement in the Lay Salvatorian community. In our thought and prayers, we tried to take all the members of the Salvatorian family with us in this way and express our unity.
With thankfulness, we will think about this day for a long time, and may it inspire our acting in the coming future.

PS: We would appreciate reading about similar actions from other units because we recognized during the walking on our path that the communication between us in the international community needs an improvement again. So maybe you can see these lines as an invitation … Your comments and ideas are very welcome …

 

ICDS Pentecost message 2022

ENGLISHESPANÕLDEUTSCHFRANÇAISVLAAMS

Pentecost message and reflection
 
 
The picture above shows the Pentecost scene; made by a Westphalian master around 1370-1380. It is part of the right wing of the altar of Osnabrück (Germany). Painted on oak wood.

USA Lay Salvatorian Convocation via Zoom

On April 30 and May 1, 2022, the USA lay Salvatorians met on Zoom for our Convocation which is held every three years. At this Convocation, reports were presented by the committees of the Lay Salvatorian National Board (LSNB) and the ICDS. Current ministries gave talks about their ministries, and proposals from the members (submitted beforehand) were discussed and voted on. The Convocation discussed and prioritized directions for the incoming LSNB. The incoming National Director, Bobby Pantuso, and the incoming LSNB were installed for a three-year term, 2022-2025. Mass was celebrated in the Western sector and live streamed for those unable to attend in person.

For the closing prayer, all Lay Salvatorians were commissioned to go forth and teach the goodness and kindness of The Savior.

Annual retreat in Congo 2022

Last weekend, the lay Salvatorians in Congo gathered for a retreat. The theme was an overview of Salvatorian Spirituality, Charism, Identity as Lay Salvatorians, and Salvatorian Mission. For those who are interested, the presentation in French used for this purpose is available in the ICDS-Forum.
Fr. ANDRÉ KONGOLO preached on the theme, “the lay Salvatorian facing his promises”. Deogratias Kitoko, the unit coordinator, wrote, that it was a good and inspiring meeting.

April 22: Earth day 2022

Despite the awareness that we have many seemingly more important problems, we must not ignore this year’s Earth Day. The importance of this day is also repeatedly underlined by Pope Francis, because whoever does not respect and persecute creation, also does not persecute and respect God. Even if the reading of the encyclical “Laudato si’ ” may be difficult for some, it is still important to deal with it, because we only have this one world and must also keep it habitable for future generations.

Reflecting on Earth Day, Cardinal Michael Czerny explains why the Church and Pope Francis care so greatly about the Earth, and laments “menacing failures” which make action to protect the environment “urgent.” See here the full article.

As Salvatorians, we have committed ourselves in the Salvatorian Charter to protect life as such and to work to make life abundant for all creatures. May this day always be a small reminder to us.

 

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