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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 …

 

Invitation to the Way of the Cross

We offer a meditation to the stations of the cross in the coming days and want to invite you to follow us. After starting tomorrow you will find each day a new station on our Spiritual Blog. Even and especial in these days of extensive separation and isolation of many of us this could be a possibility for reflection and recover the spiritual orientation and recalibration. A perhaps interesting journey into yourself …

Español

Ofrecemos una meditación a las estaciones de la cruz en los próximos días y queremos invitarles a seguirnos. Después de comenzar mañana, encontrarás cada día una nueva estación en nuestro Blog Espiritual. Incluso y especialmente en estos días de extensa separación y aislamiento de muchos de nosotros esto podría ser una posibilidad para la reflexión y recuperar la orientación y recalibración espiritual. Un quizás interesante viaje hacia dentro de ti mismo…

Deutsch

Wir bieten eine Meditation zu den Kreuzwegstationen in den kommenden Tagen an und möchten Sie einladen, uns zu folgen. Ab morgen werden Sie jeden Tag eine neue Station in unserem Spirituellen Blog finden. Auch und gerade in diesen Tagen der weitgehenden Trennung und Isolation vieler von uns könnte dies eine Möglichkeit zur Reflexion und zur Wiedererlangung der spirituellen Orientierung und Neukalibrierung sein. Eine vielleicht interessante Reise zu sich selbst …

 

„I searcherd and searched …“

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.

European Lay Salvatorian meeting in Logroño/Spain

Mission: see – grasp – act

Groups and people of eleven nations (units) including one member from the US met in Logroño/Spain for the 5th (6th) European Lay Salvatorian encounter from June 8 – 11. The topic was “Mission: See – grasp – act” and we got three excellent keynote speakers for this event. Fr. István Barazsuly SDS from Rumania, Fr. Michel Coppin SDS from Belgium, and Ms. Mª Ángeles Molina CDS from Spain, who works as missionary in Guatemala at the moment.

Fr. István talked about the challenges and necessities in his country Romania. It is in some parts an example of the religious situation in Europe. The people, and even many of the young people, are searching and open for spiritual things in their life. Certainly the “wrapping” of the religion does not match the challenges and needs of the life of today. So we have to find new interpretations of the old truths and new doorways into people’s heart and we have to recognise that Europe is an area for mission today. A big challenge is the poverty which is a basis that people get into dependencies and get forced into several forms of modern slavery by criminals in whole Europe. Cooperation with other units is important to intensify and improve the awareness of this situation. Continue Reading

Pilgrimage of the Austrian Laysalvatorians

img1_1024_x_768On Saturday 19 September 2016 the Laysalvatorians of Austria went for a pilgrimage with the motto “Laudato Si” according to the Encyclica of Pope Francis. Additionally, he recently incorporated the integrity of creation as the 8th work of mercy and proclaimed Sept 1 as the Creation’s World Day of prayer.

Together we went by train to a village located at the Danube River somewhere north-west of Vienna, our starting point. In front of the local church (unfortunately it was closed) we held the initial spiritual momentum with some statements from the encyclica and a song. Then we started our walk into the Wienerwald towards the destination of our pilgrimage, the Lourdes Cave of Maria Gugging. The first part of our path was steep up a hill through the wood but afterwards the path went over fields and through forested areas sometimes uphill sometimes downhill but not as steep as at the beginning. We made two stops for contemplation on the way. The final prayer we held at the Lourdes  Cave. There our personal concerns and requests were offered to the Lord and Mother Mary in quietness and prayer. A public bus brought us back to the meeting point of the morning. It was a good day with many interesting interchanges of ideas, common prayer and lived Salvatorian community.

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