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Mary wants us with a heart full of God's thurst

The great celebration of the Holy Christmass is drawing near and it invites us to contemplate God's infinite love for us in giving us his only Son. Mary gives Jesus her Son to us. Everyone is called to open the heart in purifying it from sin and from every link to evil doing to get conversion from God's love and to spread the fire of divine charity to the whole world.
Mary is our companion and she intercedes for us in order to obtain the wisdom that comes from above and the divine force, so that we might know how to value what is all around us according to God's truth and that we might oppose strongly to what takes us away from his Son, to be witnesses of the Father's love.
Every form of superficiality and lack of responsability is to be won by carrying good works to respond to the Lord's call.
In particular we want to invite all groups to welcome the great witness of the vogliamo new Blessed Sr Maria Troncatti of the Salesian Family, carried to the glories of the altar on 24th november at Macas (Ecuador), her testimony is ours too in being a lady of communion and reconciliation. she lived with her sisters, the salesain missionaries, the people she met, with white colonizers and indios Shuar, always a great work of communion and brotherhood made of welcoming, service, kindness, correction, paying personally the price that was required for such an attitude, with a spirit of sacrifice and dedication. That fire of charity pushed her up to the supreme gift of her life, offering herself as a victim for reconciliation when the fire of hatred and revenge was distructing all. With her sacrifice she lighted the fire of charity that extinguishes any fire of hatred and death, to give way to the triumph of the fire of mercy and peace.
Besides Christmas helps us to renew our commitment for charity towards the most in need and poor, mostly in this time of great economic and moral crisis. Most of our groups and members are highly committed on various fronts of charity and service, witnessing the love of God in a more concrete and generous form. Let us feel part of that and recognize and serve the Lord Jesus in the poor and the little ones. Best wishes of Christmas!

Sig. Lucca Tullio, President
Don Pierluigi Cameroni SDB, Spiritual Animator


4. Jesus' faith and faith in Jesus                                                      (don Roberto Carelli sdb)

Our faith, as we have seen in our earlier catechesis, makes us more religious, more reasonable and more capable of communion. It finds its first and final basis in Jesus: in his experience of God we experience God; in his sonship we also mature as sons and daughters. In fact he is, as the Council says, "the mediator and fullness of all revelation" (DV 2), and he is also, as we read in the Letter to the Hebrews, "the one who leads us in faith and brings it to perfection" (Heb 12,2). "Mediator", "fullness", "leader in faith", "brings to perfection": these are the four ideas around which our fourth catechesis will turn. Jesus will appear as the fullness of our faith: He speaks its truth and offers its realisation, is there at its beginning and is its fulfilment; He discloses the truth of faith and makes the act of faith possible; he gives us faith as a divine gift which is a human act at the same time (CCC 153-154); it is He who saves us from evil and gives us eternal life, enables us to know God and operate in Him, because "faith is one, but of a double kind: it is not only about dogmas, but is the cause of miracles" (Cyril of Jerusalem).

1. Jesus is the foundation of faith because He is above all the perfect Mediator of revelation. It is true that we believers recognise Abraham as our father in faith, but with Jesus there is no comparison: When he was talking with the Pharissees, he said that Abraham "saw his day and rejoiced", because "before Abraham was, I am" (Jn 8:8,56.58). So it is true that faith is based on the blessing Abraham received for his obedience and readiness to sacrifice, but this is hardly comparable with the obedience and sacrifice of Jesus "to death, and death on the cross" (Phil 2:8): it is in Him that we have every blessing and it is in his blood that we find redemption (Eph 1:3.7). We can understand Abraham's joy in seeing his day!
Jesus' mediation then is a special one, because he does not represent one of the many words of God but is himself the Word of God: "at various times in the past and in different ways, God spoke to our ancestors through the Prophets, but in our own time, in the last days, he has spoken to us through his Son" (Heb 1:1-2). Jesus does not only bring us news of God but he is the very expression of God, not just partially but definitively: "Christ is the unique, perfect, definitive word of the Father who says everything in Him, and there will be no other word than this… God, through all the words of Holy Scripture, only speaks one Word, his only Word, in which he expresses himself fully" (CCC 65.102). Our faith in this sense is not an ideology or moral, but a person and an encounter, and does not give place only to ideas and affairs, but to a relationship of love. Faith is a personal, filial, nuptial bond: in faith we encounter the divine persons, we are generated by God, we learn to correspond with God!

2. In this sense we can understand that Jesus is not only the mediator of revelation, but also its fullness, he is Mediator inasmuch as he is fullness. The reason is what the Council expressed well when it said that Jesus, Word made Flesh, " was set as Man amongst men and speaks God's word" (DV 4). It means that being truly the Son of God and Son of man, Jesus is the revealer and the revealed, the messenger and the message, he who proclaims the Kingdom in his person, He who arouses faith and is its fundamental content. Believing in God then is inseparable from believing in Jesus. There are many expressions of Jesus in this regard: "this is God's work: that you believe in the one he has sent" (Jn 6:29), so "have faith in God and have faith also in me" (Jn 14:1), because "whoever believes in me, does not believe in me but int he one who sent me" (Jn 12:44-45).

In other words Jesus is the fullness of faith, and thus the mediator, because between him and the fatherly visage of God, between him and the true face of man there is no divergence, just a holy correspondence. His claim is an unheard of one: "whoever sees me sees the Father" (Jn 14:9), because "I and the Father are one" (Jn 10:30), and because "The Son can do nothing of his own other than what he sees the Father do; what he does, the Son does" (Jn 5:19). This is Jesus filial identity that brings him and brings us the substance of the Father, the reason why Benedict XVI insists on profound unity between the content of the faith and the act of faith. If the faith is always "professed, celebrated, lived and prayed", and always nurtured "with the word of God and the Bread of life" (Porta fidei, 9.1), it is because the truth of faith coincides with the awareness Jesus has of it, since he is truly "the way the truth and the life", thus nobody can reach the Father unless through him (Jn 14:6): this creates a stronger bond with him so we can better understand the truths of the faith, their reasons and their depth.

3. We are now able to understand the meaning and density of the claim according to which Jesus is the "author and perfection" of faith. That Jesus is Author of faith means that the relationship between Jesus and our faith is not something exterior. From the point of view of the Son it means emphasising the realism of his Incarnation: He is the Author of faith because he realises it in a singular and insuperable manner in his humanity. From our point of view it means highlighting our communion with Jesus: believing is taking part in the awareness and love of the Son for the Father, in his obedience and confidence. Believing in Jesus then has so much meaning: it means believing "through Christ, with Christ and in Christ", grafted into his perfect trust in the Father and his trusting abandonment to His Will.
That Christian Faith is a grafting or insertion into Christ's faith is made evident int he kind of discipleship that the proclamation of the Gospel has assumed from the beginning and especially from the sacramental form it took from Easter onwards: we are not talking about knowing and doing, but letting ourselves be drawn to Jesus' life and being in communion with him. this is why faith is a kind of journey: believing is to encounter Jesus, listening and accepting his proclamation, knowing and loving and following him, allowing ourselves to be conformed with him and putting on his way of thinking, immersing ourselves in his death and resurrection, and taking part in his sacrifice and glory, his humility and authority, being and remaining his disciples and becoming his courageous witnesses.

4. But Jesus finally is the Perfection of faith, the one who brings it to full maturity. Here our admiration for and gratitude to Jesus must reach its heights, because truly, as the Letter to Hebrews says so movingly and inviting us to hold firm to our profession of faith, "For it is not as if we had a high priest who was incapable of feeling our weakness with us, but we have one who was tempted in every way that we are, though he is without sin" (Heb 4:15). In fact Jesus, through obedience to the Father and out of love for us, wanted to experience all our fragility as creatures, take on our weakness in doing good, our vulnerability to temptations, our lack of courage in believing deep down, our fear of pain and death, our lack of awareness of how sin brings destruction and death.
And so the unthinkable happens! The already perfect obedience of the Son is perfected and crowned by his suffering, but this way he also makes us able not only to enter into faith, but to live it deeply, not only to allow ourselves to be redeemed by his precious blood but to cooperate in redeeming others, where it costs us our blood: "During his life on earth he offered up prayer an entreaty, aloud and in silent tears, to the one who had the power to save him out of death, and he submitted so humbly that that his prayer was heard" (Heb 5:7-9). It is thanks to this extreme obedience of Jesus that every believer can victoriously face every concern, trial, sorrow.

How are we to live this month's teaching? two suggestions this time as well, one for prayer the other for apostolate: contemplating and communicating Jesus' face. 1. If believing is becoming one with the Lord Jesus, then the first task, that in Christian life should be an ongoing one, is to "keep our gaze fixed on Jesus" (Heb 12:2). The Advent Word of God and Christmas Word provides a rhythm for our awaiting Jesus, our encounter with him, and will help our sensitivity to any kind of the Lord's coming grow: his coming in the flesh, in contemplating the mysteries of his life in company with Mary in the rosary; his constant Eucharistic coming, trying to make our Communions well; his coming in Glory, by preparing for a good Christmas Confession as if we had to present ourselves to Jesus at the hour of our death. 2. If faith is enkindled in our encounter with Jesus we will speak of Jesus to everyone, we will point to him as an example to our children and friends, indicate or offer opportunities for meditating on the Gospel.

Blessed Maria Troncatti: "Always on the road with Mary"

On 24 November 2012 at Macas, in Ecuador, Sr Maria Troncatti, Salesian Sister, was beatified; she was a missionary in the Ecuadorian jungle. We would like to recall this great woman whom Benedict XVI in his apostolic letter for the Beatification called "a tireless missionary in the Amazon, faithful witness of divine mercy fearless worker for reconciliation and peace".

Sr Maria Troncatti's life was lived in deep communion with Mary expressed in unshakeable trust. She said her Hail Mary's like the breath of her soul and from this prayer drew strength, serenity, missionary courage.
When she was 15 Mary became an enthusiastic member of the Daughters of Mary association. From then on she took seriously the fact that Our Lady was Mother and would not abandon her children. She experienced this many times in her life and it was evident for her that Mary was there and accompanied her.
As a young Sister in 1909, she contracted typhoid but recovered when she received the blessing of Mary Help of Christians from Fr Rua when he visited the mother house in Nizza.
At Varazze on 25 June 1915, when the city was seriously flooded and the Teiro broke its banks the surrounding protecting wall of the house fell and water entered the refectory where she and another Sisters were preparing a meal. The water rose quickly and they thought they would drown. She prayed with all her faith: Mostra te esse Matrem and promised that if Mary Help of Christians saved her and if her brother came back from the war she would leave for the missions amongst lepers. Our Lady saved her life almost by a miracle and she kept her promise: she became a missionary in Mary's name.
The Superiors kept her still for a year at Nizza, in the mother house where she was the infirmarian from 1919 to 1922. A postulant recalls that Sr Maria sewed trust and love in Mary Help of Christians. The most frequent recommendation she made was this: "Pray to Our Lady and you will see that everything will go well! Always confide in her and have no fear! Courage because Our Lady is with you!".
When she arrived in Ecuador at the end of November 1922, Sr Maria spent three years in Chunchi, then she went into the jungle to the Shuar just close to the Feast of the Immaculate, la Purissima, Patronness of Macas. She was already 43 and while she was afraid and uncertain, she was filled with the ideal of "bringing Jesus" to the poor natives. This was her most effective tonic against all fear and discouragement. She often said to herself "Mary is my every hope!". Over the years she spent with her Sisters, Salesian confreres, young people and adults Shuar and colonialists, they were all spent under Mary's maternal gaze. She felt she was near and active! she held her hand the day she had to do her first emergency surgery on the daughter of the tribal chief. This is what she wrote to her parents: "Imagine, without everything I needed, just with a pair of tweezers I had in my pocket. Our Lady helped me, I saw a miracle, I was able to pull out the bullet that was near her heart and the child recovered, thanks to Mary Help of Christians and Mother Mazzarello" (Letter, 27-12-1925).
Wherever they founded missions she placed medals to Mary Help of Christians and so they were safe. Her tiring and risky trips along the river and through the forest were for Sr Maria experiences of Mary constant protection; she supported her and prevented her from danger. She marked her journeys with the Hail Mary when the water was high and threatening, when fire burnt down years of effort or when there were deadly sicknesses int he villages. to people who came to the mission to be looked after she said: "I will give you medici8nes but you will be healed by Mary Help of Christians!". With Our Lady by her side, Sr Maria - as many witnesses tell us - "sought solutions for our problems every day".

Mary's intervention touched her. One time walking with a native girl in the forest, she felt her legs freeze and saw that there was a snake wrapped around them. She held her breath and whispered: La culebra! The girl was terrified but skilled in this scene and said: "Don't move, Sister!". She stayed still saying the Hail Mary. Little by little the snake unwound and then slithered away. The girl was amazed: "Oh Sister Mary if I had not come what would have happened?". And Sr Mary said: "It's simple. I'd be dead. But see how Our Lady looks after us?".
The same wonderful effectiveness of so many of her operations (surgical) found the same certain explanation in her constant and trusting prayer. Sr Maria asked the sick and everyone to make room for God so that He and Mary Help of Christians could intervene. and she gave the example. Fr Miguel A. Ulloa Domingues, tells us that in the mission they were getting ready for the Feast of the Immaculate: "I was teaching Perosi' Mass to a group of girls. Sr Troncatti was sitting in one corner of the choir. at a certain point she seemed to be asleep. A girl said to me: "Let's not sing any more so Sr Maria can sleep!". She opened her eyes and said: "Keep singing, I'm not sleeping. I was meditating on the love Mary has for us. Ella es para mi, todo [She is everything for me]".
Many recognised that the motherliness that Sr Maria showed everyone was a living reflection of the love of the Mother of God and her care for all her children. We could say she was truly a "helper" with the Help of Christians!


ADMA Central America - Panama (26-30 September 2012) - Conclusions of the IV Congress

Participants in the IV Central American ADMA Congress came to the following conclusions, result of shared formation activities during the Congress under the spiritual guidance of Fr Pierluigi Cameroni and int he light of their personal experience and that of the Association. Some things could be improved or promoted to grow in the process of participation and shared responsibility inspired by the Regulations:

1. Fostering love of the Blessed Sacrament and Mary Help of Christians as Don Bosco did.
2. Being instruments of service for people, members and the community, living coherently.
3. Working on the formation of existing members, drawing up a formation programme involving fixed days and times during the month.
4. Asking for a consecrated or lay, and well prepared spiritual director to be appointed for ADMA groups that do not yet have one.
5. Faithfully carrying out what the Regulations require, like forming aspirants with a year of formation as a minimum.
6. In electing local Councillors what the Regulations say should be followed, seeing especially to the human qualities land dedication to service of others, to ensure a high level of responsibility and commitment in carrying out that role.
7. Council members should accept opinions, suggestions and observations to improve in certain areas, bringing these up at monthly Council meetings, where they should be presented and analysed with each group's spiritual director, recalling that as Council members they are called to support and cooperate with all members of the Association.
8. Councils should have formators in faith that can help Association members, where they do not have these.
9. ADMA should have a representative on Parish Pastoral Councils when groups are part of a parish.
10. Keep documents of the Association in the archives (history, decree of erection, membership certificate, list of members, congress and formation and apostolic activities minutes of council sessions…).
11. Being ready to actively cooperate in parish programmes.
12. Taking one's own spiritual formation to heart by studying Church documents, Catechsim, Liturgy…besides forming conscience through the Sacrament of reconciliation, after an examination of conscience as asked for by the Regulations.
13. Planning a three day retreat for groups at least once a year to foster fellowship, unity and the spiritual formation of the Association.
14. If possible promoting a national congress annually.
15. Giving exemplary witness, listening to the Word and praying to remain faithful and persevering in difficult times, inviting others to face their problems in imitation of the Virgin Mary.
16. There should be good communication between ADMA groups in Central America to share experiences and support one another.
17. Fostering a sense of belonging.
18. Each group should appoint a member who has the job of downloading ADMA online, the monthly message Fr Pierluigi sends as world animator so it can be distributed amongst members for them to study.

ADMA meeting Ecuador -

For the Beatification of Sr Maria Troncatti (Macas - Ecuador 24 November 2012) Fr Pierluigi had a chance to meet on Sunday 18 November at the Provincial House in Quito, some members of ADMA groups in Ecuador, along with some members of the National Council: the President, Mrs Blanca Narvaez, secretary Mrs Jeaneth Barahona, spiritual director Fr Emilio Vera. It was a chance for sharing and fellowship nd they showed the life and activity of 27 ADMA groups in Ecuador emphasising especially the abandoned mothers, people in need, elderly, sick, alcohol and drug victims…Many initiative and activities which showed the apostolic and educational character of the Association and the need for the Association to make its charity practical. Fr Pierluigi invited them to document and share these good practices, asked for the renewal of groups through formation of couples and accompaniment of young families and finally urged them to see the value of witnessing to faith and love for Mary Help of Christians of Sr Maria Troncatti, missionary in Ecuador.

Palermo (Italy) - The ADMA group in Mary Help of Christians Parish Villa Ranchibile7 October 2012 took in 9 new members.

We warmly 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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