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ADMAonLine | Monthly Message: May 24th, 2009 | T Version
MARY, LEAD US TO
come simply with one intention, a hope : to pray for the precious
gift of unity and peace, and especially for the Middle East.
Peace for the individuals, for parents and their sons, for the
community, for Jerusalem, for the Holy land, peace for the region,
peace for the entire human family; the lasting peace of justice,
integrity, and compassion, peace that arises from humility, forgiveness
and the profound desire to live in human harmony as well.
Prayer is hope
in action. And in fact true reason is contained in prayer: we
come into loving contact with the one God, the universal creator,
and in so doing we come to realize the futility of human divisions
and the prejudices and we sense the wondrous possibilities that
open up when our hearts are converted to God's truth, to his
design for each of us and our world." (from the speech of
the Holy Father at the Center "Regina Pacis" of Amman
on May 8, 2009).
Mary helps us to realize this invitation of the Holy Father,
while praying and being at the same time witnesses of peace in
our families, but also in the whole world. The fact is that this
uneasiness is present in the world in various manners. Since
we are aware of this, we cannot be indifferent, but we must make
use of the best means to create peace. We Christians are called
to announce and witness peace with our own life.
be achieved once for all and once forever but we must strive
to build it always because peace is the greatest aspiration from
the depths of our human hearts. How many time we have lost our
peace because we were proud, selfish, envious, jealous, longing,
dependant from power and honour. How many times we allow ourselves
to be prisoners of sin, to be dependant from it, to become prey
of it in such a way that it removes from us the possibility of
the right choice, becoming in such a way prisoners of the shadows
of evil. We win over evil with prayer and fasting, we win over
pride and egoism, our heart opens up and love, humility, generosity
and goodness increase; and with this we realize the right conditions
The one who
owns peace, loves and forgives, he remains bodily and spiritually
sound and able to manage his life in the proper way suited to
man, the highest creature of God.
But the peace
to which Mary wants to lead us to is that of her Son and our
Lord JESUS CHRIST: He is the real King of peace. He is the one
who dispels the scariest shadows. We can be reconciled with God
through the death of our Messiah: and it is in this way that
peace reaches us.
The Lord says:
"I give you peace, I give you my peace. Not in the way the
world gives it, I give it to you." (John 14,27). It is only
through faith in our Lord Jesus that we can discover the true
rest of our spirit, the true peace. He does it in such a way
that we can replace:
harmony instead of quarrelling,
integrity instead of disunity,
light instead of darkness,
hope instead of despair,
faith instead of doubt,
good will instead of non sense at all,
familiarity instead of not belonging,
fullness instead of emptiness,
victory instead of failure,
Life instead of death.
Fr. Pierluigi Cameroni,
US PRAY MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS - MAY 24
LET US PRAY
MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS PATRONESS OF THE SALESIAN FAMILY AND
to the Virgin used by Don Bosco
Queen seated at
the right of your Divine Son,
Dressed in gold and shining for beauty
Help of Christians
Helper of the human race
Ark of Noah
Bush of Moses
Tower of David
Water carrier of blessings
Star of Jacob
Iris of peace
Dawn carrier of consolation
First born of all creatures
Help and aid
Helper of men
Full of grace
Universal Mother of Christians,Mother of the Church
Tree of life
ladder of Jacob
Ark of alliance
Rose of Jerico
Garden of Solomon
Fleece of Gedeon
As beautiful as the moon and as shining as the sun
Pupil of God's eyes
Virgin and Mother, mother of your Lord
The best protectress from all evils
Help and aid for defending the Christians
Mother of the Eternal Word
Guide and teacher of virtues
Let us renew
our promise to belong and to work in the ADMA Association
* While promoting
the devotion to Mary Help of Christians and the cult and adoration
to Jesus in the Eucharist.
" Inspiring our behaviour spiritual in nature to Mary, so
that our life, as She did, may become a cult to God and her devotion
may turn out to be a commitment in our life.
" As She is, Virgin always listening, may we listen to the
Word of God, announcing it and spreading it with our witnessing
and our word.
" As she is, Praying Virgin, feeding our life with the simple
prayer, affectionate and grateful and inspired by her intercession
to the Father
" As she is, Virgin Mother, working near the Pope and the
Shepherds of the Church for the growth of the people of God
" As she is, offering Virgin, making of our life an offering
to God, while accomplishing joyously the will of the Father.
who believe in the infinite power of the Auxilium Christianorum
will be able to put themselves under her protection, nor only
with the words pronounced on their lips, but as well with a self-giving
act expressed with intimacy and power.
Those who are under the protection of Mary are well taken care
(Edith Stein -Saint Therese Benedict of the Cross)
In our meeting with the various groups of the Salesian
Family in order to know how the different people live the presence
of Mary, we instituted the WORLD CONFERENCE OF THE BOYS AND LADIES
PAST PUPILS OF THE DAUGHTERS OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS EX -FMA
(see www.exallievefma.org). MRS. CAROLINA FIORICA the lady president
1. How does
Mary help you in the course of your Association?
Our Association, since it is promoted by the Institute of the
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, shares its mission and
presents itself with the marian characteristics. Educated in
a house where Mary Help of Christians is the real Superior and
where we experience her walking in our midst we carry within
us this peculiarity that accompanies us both in our educative
choices as well in our every day life. To educate following the
school of Mary is for us a constant trial.
2. How is
Mary presented in your Rule of life?
We get the answer from or Constitutions under the heading Spirituality
"(The Association) enriches itself with the charismatic
elements of the style of life and action of Mary Mazzarello who,
with a "feminine touch", has shared with Don Bosco
the same educative project, inspired by Mary: "take care
"; to live with simplicity and joy the daily life;
to fill up the smallest gestures with God's experience, getting
involved in the work testifying and promoting the culture of
life and of solidarity".
is the role of Mary Help of Christians in your life ?
As a mother and educator I try to live at the school of Mary.
Listening to the Word and docility to the Spirit (Annunciation);
the solidarity (Visit to Elisabeth); the respect of the laws
(trip for the census); the sobriety (Stable of Betlehem); the
caring for the others (Wedding at Cana);
The abandonment ( At the foot of the Cross), the spiritual getting
together (with the Disciples in the Cenacle).
invite all the groups of Spanish language, particularly those
of America, to make known and spread the Review of Mary Help
of Christians in the Spanish Edition.
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April 25: Feast of the Salesian
family. We have lived wonderful days during this period in Turin.
Everything got origin from the idea of transforming the provincial
Day into a Salesian Family Feast, celebrating with the Rector
Major the 150° anniversary of the Congregation.
On this occasion
the Rector Major blessed a new ( the second) casket of Don Bosco.
The various groups of the Salesian Family prepared since the
evening of April 24 their stands furnished with formative and
propaganda materials locating them under the porticos of Valdocco.
ADMA as well greatly contributed both in the preparation with
the valid help of some young members, among which we feel grateful
to Rosanna Marchisio and Paolo Lucca, and as well through a consistent
participation of its members (50 people).
members of the Salesian Family coming from all over the Piedmont
region and Valle d'Aosta, started coming from 9 o'clock in the
morning of April 25. At 10 o'clock the entrance procession for
the celebration of the Mass started. The Rector Major is the
main celebrant and the songs are performed by the University
Choir of Rome, under the care of Salesian Fr. Massimo Palombella.
At the end of the celebration the new casket with the body of
Don Bosco, with the relic of his right hand is brought forward
before the presbytery.
Major explains then the reason why this second casket was made.
Then this casket is brought in front of the statue of Don Bosco
in the main playground. It is blessed, purified with the incense
and leaves immediately for the Lazio region where it will stay
for two months before leaving for Chile and Argentina, where
it will stay stop for two years. The Rector Major then blessed
in the Sacristy the new banner of ADMA Primaria of Torino Valdocco.
in establishing and animating the new groups of ADMA continues:
" On April
2, Fr. Pier Luigi met with Fr. Lucio Balbo Vice Rector of the
salesian community of Verona Don Bosco, having in mind the idea
to start a new ADMA Group. This initiative was encouraged by
Mr. Luigi Sarchetti, a great devotee of Mary Help of Christians.
" On April 2 there was the opportunity to introduce to all
the parish priests of the province of Milan ADMA Association
upon the advice of the provincial Fr. Agostino Sosio and the
in-charge of Youth Pastoral Fr. Elio Cesari.
" On May 8, at Sesto San Giovanni (Milano) at the Salesian
Parish of Mary Help of Christians, upon the invitation of their
Parish Priest Fr. Nunzio Casati, we gave testimony and presented
the ADMA viewing the possibility of establishing a new local
Sunday April 26 in Treviglio (Bergamo)
young couples of ADMA (Conti Alessandro and Laura belonging to
the group of Nave-Brescia, Caputo Luca and Christiana, Bordogna
Eugenio and Elisabeth of the Milan group) have expressed their
witnessing and presented ADMA to 500 youngsters of the Youth
Salesian Movement of Lombardia-Emilia Romagna. The young participants
got acquainted with a portion of this great family, through the
stands that the different groups active in the province (SDB,
FMA, Cooperators, Past Pupils, ADMA, VDB, CDB,
themselves together with the four institutions of their own of
MSG (Emarginazione e disagio, Sports, Missioni, Servizio Civile
Nazionale). The purpose of the meeting was to make the Salesian
Family known and the fields of action of the young members, with
the idea of creating new conditions that could help the new groups
to join, in the moment of choice of their life, to the groups
of the Salesian Family.
- Argentina -
Month of Mary at the Shrine of Rodeo
del Medio. Taking the occasion of the beginning g of the month
of Mary Help of Christians, at the Shrine of Rodeo del Medio,
Mendoza, took place the "Peregrinazione delle Capellitas".
These portable altars are part of the responsibilities of ADMA
in as much as the constitute a real mission "to bring the
Virgin to the heart of the families". This year the Capellitas
were 58 given to the lady missionaries who left after the Mass
and the blessing. Besides this Shrine, dedicated to Mary Help
of Christians, is celebrating the 100 years of its institution
in this region at the feet of Ande mountains. The festivities
for the centenary involve the whole Salesian work, in the different
sectors of the parish, institute, and Facoltà di Enologia.
They greet the pilgrims with the motto "100 years under
your look and help". This April 24 took place a solemn mass
presided over by Fr. Aldo Tobares, the Provincial Spiritual Animator.
Fr. Dante Simon, Judiciary Vicar of the Archidiocese of Cordoba,
Fr. Christian Basin, Parish priest and Fr. Jose y Victor Bocalo,
parochial vicars, concelebrated. At the end of the celebration
everybody had a brotherly friendly reunion.
National Congress of Mary Help of Christians of Spain
May 1-3 El Campello - Alicante
A solemn Eucharistic
concelebration in the Cathedral of Alicante, presided by the
Fr. Pascual Chavez, has been like a seal to the VII National
Congress of Mary Help of Christians, sponsored by the Association
of Mary Help of Christians that took place in this Alicante province,
as well in the vicinity of El Campello. On the day of Sunday
May 3, 420 participants that gathered from all over Spain, as
well as Portugal, approved a series of operative lines that will
see a further realization in their own provinces and local centres.
To witness the real values, as life and family, starting from
don Bosco in order to look at the youth with him; to renew in
the proper way the devotion to Mary Help of Christians; to stress
the social commitment and the necessity of formation.
Major presided over the various moments that took place during
the morning at the Salesian Institute "Alicante Don Bosco".
In the familiar sharing offered to all the participating members
Fr. Pascual Chavez underlined how the devotion to Mary Help of
Christians is a charismatic element and essential part for all
the members of the Salesian Family; reminded how ADMA belongs
to the original groups founded by Don Bosco; at the end he presented
the deep motivations of faith and apostolic endeavour that have
to animate an authentic devotion to Mary Help of Christians.
Then in the local Hall a moment of joy took place with different
presentation by the various participating members and with a
very significant presentation done by the Youth Centre of Alcoy.
that lasted 3 days witnessed the solemn opening on May 1 at the
"Casa della Cultura" at the El Campello and the Eucharistic
celebration presided over by the diocesan Bishop Mons. Rafael
Palmero in the Salesian Parish. During the Congress three topics
Fr. Juan Josè
Bartolomé, secretary of the Rector Major spoke about "A
walk with a commitment to God: Mary of Nazareth", Fr. Eusebio
Munoz, from the Salesian University of Rome dealt on " The
faith of Don Bosco in Mary, a key to a spirituality calling for
commitment", Fr. José Luis Moral, Salesian University
professor in Rome: "Mary involves today the Salesian Family
looking at the future". Groups of sharing took place as
well. In the evening of Saturday May 2, the Salesian Bishop of
Vitoria, Mons. Miguel Asurmendi presided over a solemn marian
vigil at the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Alicante. Fr.
José Miguel Nunez took part during these days.
He is the Councillor
for West Europe. Present were also various Salesian Provincials
and Superiors of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians from
Spain, among which Fr. Juan Bosco Sancho, provincial of Valencia,
and a representation of ADMA primaria of Turin with the Lady
President Mrs. Giuseppina Chiosso and the animator Fr. Pier Luigi
Cameroni. A special token of appreciation must be given to Father
Mario Pardos who organized and coordinated this event.
He is the Rector
of the Salesian House in Saragoza. A great thank also to the
animators from SDB and FMA of Spain coordinated by Fr. Eleuterio
for the Apostolate of Prayer - June 2009
: So that the international attention towards the poorest countries
may arise a more concrete help, especially taking into consideration
the heavy burden of the foreign debt.
Missionary: So that the Churches operating in those regions stricken
by violence may be sustained by the love and concrete closeness
of all Catholics of the world.
For Bishops: So that the Holy Spirit may render us courageous
witnesses of hope, able to read the signs of the times and ready
to get involved in the real projects of justice and human promotion.
Marian : So that the Christians may honour the Mother of Jesus,
praying among the disciples at the place of Last Supper, "
while listening to the word, sharing the bread and in brotherly
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