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The custom of blessing herbs

Already the old Germans collected the most important medicinal herbs – done mostly by women in the middle of the summer . In our faith we should recognize that in all plants inhabits HEALING POWER of God’s creative force.

On August 15th in many Christian churches the Solemnity of the Assumption of MARIA is celebrated. In this festival it is clear that the heavens are open to all people. Or rather, not only us but the entire cosmos.

“… that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now … (cf. Letter of St. Paul to the Christians in Rome – in 58 AD)

Why herbs are blessed?

Bless means to promise each other and of creation:
IT’S GOOD (Latin: benedicere)

Because we trust in God, the Creator, that He EVERYTHING – people, animals, plants, the entire cosmos – from the ground has created good, we express in the blessed bushes of herbs our gratitude. Thus, we praise and glorify God for His GOODNESS!

Together, we are pleased with each other through the wonderfully fragrant variety and beauty! A THANK YOU to ALL who collect herbs all year round and make them available for further processing!

Text by Inge Weik CDS and Sr. Heidrun Bauer SDS


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A partir del mes de noviembre de 2011 y con motivo de su sexto aniversario, los dirigentes, formadores y asesores del grupo AJC, han podido vislumbrar nuevos horizontes tomando en consideración el acompañamiento de los Padres y Hermanas de la Sociedad del Divino Salvador, y de manera fundamental, abrazando las enseñanzas evangélicas de su fundador el Padre Francisco María de la Cruz Jordán. Cabe mencionar en dicho mes, se lleva a efecto un hecho que debe servir como punto de partida para la vida Salvatoriana en Campeche. Este hecho corresponde al inicio de la Infancia Salvatoriana, en el que han quedado integrados las y los niños, y los y las preadolescentes del grupo de Josefinos. Continue reading

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10 Lay Salvatorians renewed their commitment on March 24, 2012 to Christ as members of the Lay Salvatorians, Philippines. Here are
the members of the Lay Salvatorians, Philippines with their Spiritual Formators, Fr.Chris Kowalczyk, SDS and Sr. Irma Caumeran, SDS.

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Hello together,

after a few days that the newsletter is online, I would like to ask you how the translation on this page works – what are your experiences, what should be made better …

From a Polish speaking woman I got the feedback, that the translation is – put it mildly – TERRIBLE! So I would like to know if it is a way to go forward with this newsletter or better to look for an other (maybe the former traditional) way for the translation.

Let me know, please.

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Many of you know the ICDS prayer chain. In the past it was sometimes very hard to get always new requests, thanks or personal prayers to share. One of the barriers and big challenge is always the language and the translations. Now, we try to publish it with a new face and more possibilities for the language.

We know that the translations are not perfect – ” what you say by translated words, is not always that what you want to say with your mother tongue” – but in this special case it’s necessary to use also your heart to hear and speak (→ write). And our hope is also grounded in the educability of the used internet language modules.

However – the actual issue of the Lay Salvatorian prayer chain is published.

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