My dear Team members,
News from the International Leading Team (l’ERI)
Within our Movement, we have spent much time recently discussing the meaning of our mission within today’s Church. Moreover, this coincides with Pope Francis’ recent calls, with his messages to families.
The etymology of a Latin word for mercy, misericordia, contains the word “cor” or heart; a heart that is available and open to welcome everyone, above all those to those do not consider themselves to be worthy of being loved. To say that God is merciful means that His love precedes us, that He does not renounce us, that He loves us as if we were His, because He loves us for what we are and not for what we can give Him.
The foundation of Christian marriage is the relationship between spouses who love each other, that is, who each want the other's good, for what they are and not for what they can give. The sacrament purifies human conjugal love that contains the mark of eternity, that is by its nature meant to be definitive, and raises it to the level of a sign of love between Christ and the Church: the husband represents Christ and the wife the Church.
As you know, it is not the first time in history that the Church reminds its children of God's mercy. Towards the end of the 17th century, Saint Marguerite Mary Alacoque received the revelation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This Heart, full of goodness and mercy for the sinner, calls for reparation, which means recognizing that we exist because Love precedes us...
In the fortuitous context in which we live, marked by the memory of the closing of the Vatican II Council on December 8th, 1965, fifty years ago, and again by the proximity of the Bishops' Synod on the family, I would like, in this letter, to share with you the hope our Movement gives me for the future of Christian families in the Church...
"This is a hard saying; who can understand it?" (Jn 6:60). Many disciples had this reaction to Jesus' words after the multiplication of bread. In a clear allusion to the Eucharist, Jesus said that his body is true nourishment and that his blood is a true drink.
In my previous letters to you, the background theme over the years has been concentrated on two Endeavours touching on the spirituality of our movement. Namely, the Sit-Down and Married Prayer.
In Scripture, we come across this sentence: I place before you two paths: life and death (cf Dt 30:19). Follow the path of life and you will live, whereas the other one, even if it seems easy and attractive, distances us from ourselves and lead us to death,..
Our Movement is committed to moving forward in keeping with the rhythm of the Church and its Synod. The Church is seeking, in the light of the Gospel, “to discern the ways in which the Church and society can renew their commitment to the family founded upon the marriage between a man and a woman.”