According to these words above of Mother Mary of the Apostles, the European Lay Salvatorian meeting 2019 took place at Horrem (July,11 – 14 2019). Participants from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Spain and one Salvatorian sister from the US shared a few days of prayers, discussions, thoughts, reflections and a lot of good humor. Some of the highlights were
a Rosary made by tea candles, where each one was invited to bring in his/her thanks, requests or simple thoughts of personal importance.
a tale of reflection about how we could change the face of our world with easy means.
a little view on mission projects in India and Sri Lanka.
a visit of the cathedral of Cologne and some other interesting romanic churches which mirrors the long history of Christianity in this area.
a very contemplative inspiring Vesper and Eucharist at the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem.
a visit of the roots of Mother Mary of the Apostles at Myllendonk and Neuwerk.
and of course the readings and gospels of each day …
Unfortunately, the time passed too quickly but the spiritual bags of the participants got filled very well and so this wonderful event will still accompany us in our minds over a long time into the future.
Dear Lay Salvatorians,
Please read the latest issue of our letter of inspiration and motivation here. Our ICDS General Committee member Sabin Ormaza from Venezuela has written something about the new ways and opportunities for collaboration between lay Salvatorians around the world. However, this is not just a fiction, but already a reality and you are invited to participate.
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”. Sabin Ormaza, de Venezuela y miembro de Nuestro del Comité General de la ICDS, ha escrito algo sobre las nuevas formas y oportunidades de colaboración entre los Salvatorianos Laicos de todo el mundo. Sin embargo, esto no es solo una ficción, sino que ya es una realidad y estás invitado a participar.
Disfruta de la carta y dinos lo que piensas al respecto.
Members of the General Committee of the ICDS
186 years ago Mother Maria was born. A long time and yet her life radiates charism to this day – and still influences us.
She was a strong woman, who steadfastly seeked her way. That was certainly not easy for her at that time. She broke some conventions in her search for the right place in life. The repeated joining and leaving of several religious congregations were very courageous steps – facing the gossips of the people in the area was certainly not an easy way for her. And in a similar way also for her family, who also had to endure this chatter. Nevertheless, she was supported by them in her search, and they gave her strength and security.
For me, she is a role model for the unwavering quest to find the right path through life and not to worry too much about the gossip of others. Reflection and confirmation I receive in the conversation with God and our Salvatorian community, in which her work is still noticeable. It is our Salvatorian community that supports me and gives me the strength to seek and find my way. I hope you can experience this as well. Each of our paths is unique and different – but together we go into the same direction. In openness and tolerance for our different ways, we assist each other to make the love of God sensible for others.
Happy Birthday, dear Mother Mary!