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         ADMAonLine        |          Monthly Message:   May 24th, 2013       

Mary urges us to open our hearts to faith

In this Year of Faith we might become more aware of our little faith, because of the loss of the fervour of prayer and of our not being able to pick ourselves up every time fatigue and apathy take over. When we do not pray or pray badly, God's presence dissolves. Our mind is engrossed in worldly things and the dust of the ephemeral settles in the heart. The risk is to live a life where we negate God's love for us. We are withered flowers that Our Lady wants, in this month of May, to coat with her splendour. We must open our hearts to God, like flowers in the light and heat of the sun.
Mary constantly exhorts us to convert personally and as a family. In prayer, she shows us the state of our souls and calls us to conversion, giving us the strength to decide today what we would like to put off until tomorrow. The process of conversion leads us to be united to Jesus as branches to the vine and to do as he did his Father's will. We are called to give glory to God through a life lived as true disciples: "Herein is my Father glorified: that you bear much fruit and become my disciples" (John 15:8). In particular, with the love and humility of Jesus, we open the way towards the Father to all those who do not know and are wandering in search of truth.
As ADMA we are renewing through the care and accompaniment of families and young couples to break the loneliness and to return, with original ways, to an educational effort and to evangelization. Today we have to deal with ideologies that destroy the value of the family founded on the marriage between a man and a woman. Today we are facing a serious corruption of intelligence that rejects reality and especially refuses that man is created in God's image. As ADMA we want to dedicate priority to the family and the education of younger generations to marriage in order to witness the sense of nuptial alliance more forcefully and of life as a gift from God. We work so as the family could become a house church, where people pray together, especially the Holy Rosary and where faith is nourished by reading the Bible.
"The Virgin Mary teaches us what it means to live in the Holy Spirit and what it means to accept the novelty of God in our lives. She conceived Jesus by the power of the Spirit, and every Christian, every one of us, is called to accept the Word of God, to accept Jesus in himself and then take him to all. Mary has invoked the Spirit with the Apostles in the Upper Room: every time we gather in prayer, also we are sustained by the spiritual presence of the Mother of Jesus, to receive the gift of the Spirit and have the strength to bear witness to the risen Jesus. Mary help you be attentive to what the Lord asks of you, and always live and walk according to the Holy Spirit" (Pope Francis 28.04.2013).
We wish all our members and ADMA groups in the world that the novena and the feast of Mary Help of Christians may revive the faith and apostolic zeal in the hearts.

                    Mr. Lucca Tullio, President - Don Pierluigi Cameroni, SDB, Spiritual Animator


Way for formation 2012-2013: The grace of faith

9. The faith of Mary (Fr Roberto Carelli)

There is nothing more beautiful, more secure, more encouraging to our faith than contemplating Mary's faith! In faith she is our Mother and Teacher for believing in a perfect manner and therefore exemplary, fully personal and therefore greatly authoritative, totally obedient and therefore extraordinarily radiant. It is difficult to minimize the contribution of Mary's faith to the Christian faith. Even into the abyss of difference that exists between the Creator and the creature, Jesus and Mary represent a unique source of salvation: as John Paul II has well expressed in the Encyclical Redemptoris Mater, "This fiat of Mary-"let it be to me"-was decisive, on the human level, for the accomplishment of the divine mystery " (RM 13). The relationship between the Son and the Mother, in a subordinate position to the human-divinity of the Son, creates the most perfect agreement between God's grace and human freedom, between the initiative of one and the correspondence of the other: ""The obedience of faith is to be given to God who reveals, an obedience by which man commits his whole self freely to God", the Council teaches (DV 5). This description of faith found perfect realization in Mary. It is something very concrete, because she replied with all her human "I", feminine, and this response of faith included both perfect cooperation with "the grace of God that precedes and assists" and perfect openness to the Holy Spirit, who "constantly perfects faith by his gifts"". (RM 12)
Mary's faith is eminent both as an act of faith and as to its contents, for the decision of faith as well as its itinerary, also emphasizing the value and the price of faith. Some examples. 1. The Council has in fact taught that Mary, "since her entry into salvation history unites in herself and re-echoes the greatest teachings of the faith" (LG 65), becoming at the same time support and defence of the faith; 2. Paul VI, for his part, recognized in Mary "the first and most perfect disciple" of her Son (MC 35), in whose school we become true disciples of Christ; 3. John Paul II has made us contemplate the Church in the light of Mary "pilgrim of faith" (RM 25-37), illustrating in the Mother's faith the beginnings, growth and maturity of faith; 4. Also Pope Benedict XVI, echoing the "gallery" of great men and women of faith present in the Letters to the Galatians and Hebrews (Gal 3, Heb 11), highlighted that Mary's story coincides with the path of her faith: "by faith, Mary accepted the Angel's word and believed the message that she was to become the Mother of God in the obedience of her devotion. Visiting Elizabeth, she raised her hymn of praise to the Most High for the marvels he worked in those who trust him ... Trusting in Joseph, her husband, she took Jesus to Egypt to save him from Herod's persecution. With the same faith, she followed the Lord in his preaching and remained with him all the way to Golgotha. By faith, Mary tasted the fruits of Jesus' resurrection, and treasuring every memory in her heart, she passed them on to the Twelve assembled with her in the Upper Room to receive the Holy Spirit" (Porta Fidei, 13); 5. But perhaps the phrase that best sums up the top and the maturity of the journey of faith made by Mary, that joyful and painful progress that, after having made her Mother of God, made her worthy of being the Mother of the Church and of all men, is that one, rightly resumed several times in the documents of the Magisterium, which recognizes Mary's faith as the model of the inner faith of the Church: "the Church journeys through time towards the consummation of the ages and goes to meet the Lord who comes; but on this journey she proceeds along the path already trodden by the Virgin Mary, who "advanced in her pilgrimage of faith, and loyally persevered in her union with her Son unto the cross". (LG 57)" (RM 2).
The moment in Mary's faith that we want to emphasize in Easter time is joy. Mary proclaims in all her life that the Gospel is really good news, and therefore faith is a source of joy and happiness, and not because of merits or personal achievements, but because of God, of his presence and providence, his benevolence and mercy. It is remarkable that among the many beatitudes scattered throughout Scripture, the first beatitude of the New Testament is the beatitude of faith, which by the way is not proclaimed in the form of general judgment, but as a reflection of a personal relationship, as Mary's beatitude! In the mysterious encounter between the Messiah and his forerunner, Elizabeth greets Mary saying, "Blessed are you who believed in the word of the Lord" (Lk 1:45), and Mary herself not only confirms her joy by saying that her heart "rejoices in God," but also attests that in the future "all generations will call her blessed" for the great things God has done in her, thanks to her humble and obedient faith (Lk 1.47 to 49).
This first beatitude bounces in our favour at the heart of the Gospel, in the midst of Jesus' public life, again with double reference to Mary's faith: "Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that you sucked!" exclaims a woman struck by the beauty of Jesus, but Jesus, for his part, extends to all believers the joy of the faith that was clearly visible in his mother's face and life: "Blessed rather are those who hear the Word of God and keep it" (Lk 11:27-28). For this reason the Church recognizes Mary "the attentive Virgin," the "model of the spiritual attitude with which the Church celebrates and lives the divine mysteries", the prototype of the "interior disposition with which the Church Bride" turns to Jesus her groom contemplating and comprehending more and more intimately the personal beauty, the truth of the words, the love present in his works, the life that flows from the gift of the Spirit (MC 16).
The beatitude of faith as a source of fertility and happiness is so important to be present, this time in the form of the general programme of Christian life, at the beginning and the end of the public manifestation of Jesus: at the beginning, in the first Beatitude of the Sermon on the mountain, where Jesus declares blessed "the poor in spirit," that is, those who do not seek security in their own projects, but trust in God's promises; in the end, in the appearance to Thomas, when the Risen Lord calls blessed "those who believe without having seen", that is those who do not seek security in their verification, but live fully supported by their faithfulness in God.
The beatitude of faith that finds its full realization in Mary and from her goes to the Christians to reach every heart is really comforting, because it assures us that the real joy lies in faith, not in the particularity of the works or in the results of companies: it is faith that generates the works, and it is the fruitfulness of faith that generates joy! It is out of our ability to think and to give us the joy to check out the works: happiness and fruitfulness are God's gifts and fruits of faith. For this, with his usual acuteness and elegance, when comparing the virginal heart and the maternal body of Mary, St. Augustine pointed out that Mary "gave birth believing, and by believing conceived" (in MC 16). This tells us that if we can not imitate Mary in the singularity of her divine motherhood, nevertheless we can imitate her in faith, and it's nice to know that the primacy of faith applies even to Mary in every way: "Blessed Virgin Mary - the same Augustine explains - certainly did the Father's will, and for her it's a greater and more joyful thing to have been a disciple of Christ than to have been his mother" (Sermon 25.7). This is confirmed by the prayer of the Church, that in the Mass specifically dedicated to the Virgin Mary as "a disciple of the Lord," put it this way: "all nations call her blessed, because in her spotless womb she bore your only-begotten Son, and still more exalted because, faithful disciple of the Word made man, constantly sought your will and fulfilled it with love" (Pref). The primacy of faith celebrated in Mary is then reflected in Christian life: "Lord our God - says the opening prayer - you made the Virgin Mary the model of those who accept your word and put it into practice, open our hearts to the beatitude of listening, and with the strength of your Spirit let us also become a holy place where your Word of salvation is fulfilled today. " Beautiful prayer! It suggests that imitation of Mary's faith leads us to resemble to some extent also in her fruitfulness: in that "holy place where the Word is fulfilled" is overshadowed an analogy between Mary's motherhood and the pneumatic and Eucharistic shape of the Christian life, for which believers are tabernacle and temple of the Spirit of Christ.
How to accept the invitation to be part of Mary's joy? I might note, first, that here lies the point of best conjunction between evangelization and education. As for education, in the second year of preparation for the Bicentenary of Don Bosco's birth, the Rector Major has expressly indicated the profound connection that exists between "the joy of the Gospel and the teaching of kindness" (strenna 2013). And as for evangelization, the Italian Bishops in preparation for the Synod on evangelization, have shown that it is necessary, for an effective evangelization, to overcome the lack of joy that derives from a lack of faith in the universal destination of the gospel: "the words of eternal life given to us through Jesus Christ are for everyone, for every man. Every person of our time, knowing it or not, needs this announcement. Precisely the absence of this awareness creates loneliness and despair. Among the obstacles to the new evangelization is precisely the lack of joy and hope that such situations create and spread among the people of our time. Often this lack of joy and hope is so strong as to affect the very fabric of our Christian communities... Let's face, therefore, the new evangelization with enthusiasm. We learn the delightful and comforting joy of evangelizing, even when it seems that the proclamation is a sowing in tears. May the world of our time, which is searching for an answer sometimes with anguish, sometimes with hope, receive the Good News not from evangelizers who are dejected, discouraged, impatient or anxious, but from ministers of the Gospel whose lives glow with fervour, who have first received in themselves the joy of Christ, and who are willing to risk their lives so that the kingdom may be proclaimed and the Church established in the midst of the world" (Inst. Lab Synod New Evangelization, 168,169).
In the light of Mary's yes and her joy, let us ask ourselves, therefore, as individuals and as a community: 1. What is the temperature of our joy, and what does our faith say? 2. From which worry, sadness, withdrawal do we have to be set free in order to be more faithful and more credible, more joyful inwardly and more radiant outwardly?

FAMILY CHRONICLE

ADMA BOLIVIA - DEPARTMENTAL VIEWS
In recent months, several departmental meetings were held at various ADMA groups of Bolivia. In Santa Cruz there is a large growth in all groups. It should be pointed out the work of the animator Fr. Francisco Borello and the founding members who have worked with great dedication for many years and who are passing the baton to the younger generation. In North Cruceño the zonal meeting was held in Yapacanì where, with a lot of sacrifice, many groups came together and where the members show great love for Mary. In La Paz there were two meetings: the first in Copacabana for the elderly, a second for young people at the Salesian University, in a very nice environment, where the national animator, Fr. Severino Laredo was also greeted. The presence of three strong youth groups, gave a lot of joy and hope to all. The three groups are: one of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, with a long history and animated by Ms. Rina, and two groups of the same University, animated by Fr. David Bellido, with the support of Fr. Corona, who animates and always welcomes with great affection. In Sucre we have to highlight the loyalty of the President and the Vice, while Sister Emilia and Sister Maria de los Angeles have been committed to give new life to the Association in the colleges of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in the city and in Aranjuez. In Cochabamba the meeting was held at the Salesian house of Fatima in a great family atmosphere.

GENOA - AN ADMA FAMILY GROUP STARTS
"The Lord guides us and little by little Mary is making us take a few steps here in Genoa, where some families are gathering. These new families are very special: some of them have really providential stories, and have followed different paths but are characterized by a great enthusiasm and a great love. We would like to explain what is happening to us: for some years we have started praying the rosary in the evening of the 24th of the month in Genoa, first at home with a few friends and then at our parish, entrusting our families and all families. Sometimes we were just four, but in any case we felt the joy of doing a small thing for Mary and under her mantle. On Sunday, April 14th we received the gift of the visit of Fr Pierluigi Cameroni. There were about twenty adults with almost thirty children. Don Pierluigi celebrated Mass at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament: with joy he urged us to be "all of Jesus. "Then, while some of the older boys brought the kids to the park, we parents were able to hear Fr Pierluigi who presented the Association to the ten couples present. Immediately, listening to him, it spread among all a great joy and a deep communion with the desire to bring to fruition the seed that Mary had sown in Genoa. The next meeting with the director of the Salesian community of Genoa-Quarto, Fr Mario Carattino, confirmed all this" (Ada and Andrea Molinari).

ADMA TORINO - SPIRITUAL EXERCISES
From 19 to 21 April 2013 at the Centre of Spirituality "Our Lady of the Lakes" Avigliana (Turin), spiritual retreats were held with about twenty members of the Primary ADMA and from Turin. The theme of the days was inspired by the strenna of this year: "Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, Rejoice" (Phil. 4:4). Like Don Bosco educator, we offer young people the joy of the Gospel through the teaching of kindness. These days, lived in great climate of prayer and Salesian joy, have proven to be an essential moment to members' and groups' life, both for the care of formation, for the growth in the journey of prayer, and for the maturation in the sense of belonging to ADMA. The joy and spiritual satisfaction filled the hearts of all, experiencing the grace to be one heart and one soul with Mary Help of Christians.

GELA (SICILY) - PEREGRINATIO MARIAE 2013
This year the ADMA group of the parish of St Dominic Savio in Gela started the Peregrinatio Mariae on April 22. Many families have expressed a desire to host the statue of Mary Help of Christians at home; the need to turn to Mary overcomes all other difficulties. We are aware that the period we are going through will not change from day to day, but we ask Our Lady to comfort us and, with her help, to move forward. The Pilgrimage begins with a rainy day, but we are not discouraged and we head to the home of the family that will first host the statue. We leave St. Dominic Savio's Church after the presentation and the recitation of a decade of the Rosary by the parish priest Fr Giuseppe Di Leonforte. There are the children of the catechism accompanied by their parents and their catechists. The director of the Salesian house, Fr Giuseppe Troina prepares this moment with great dedication. The Peregrinatio will conclude on May 31 with a pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Bitalemi (Luigina Ciaramella President ADMA Gela).

SPAIN - VIII NATIONAL CONGRESS OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS
The VIII National Congress of Mary Help of Christians in Spain, addressed to all the members of the Salesian Family of Spain, especially the members of ADMA, will be held in Zaragoza from 31 May to 2 June 2013. The meeting aims to examine the role of Mary, teacher of faith for the believer in Christ, and strengthen the commitment to proclaim the Gospel with the pedagogy of Don Bosco. Specifically it is to be understood in a more profound way Mary's faith that becomes life and the principle of educational support for Jesus and the disciples of both yesterday and today and to seek together, in the current historical conjuncture of epochal change, how to transmit faith and a true devotion to Mary Help of Christians to all, especially to the new generations.

SARRIA CARACAS (VENEZUELA) - Meeting of Bishop Ramirez Tullio with ADMA during his pastoral visit.

RODEO DEL MEDIO (ARGENTINA) - New group ADMA Youth

BOBO (BURKINA FASO) - Presidency of the Council of ADMA group of the Salesian parish of St. Dominic Savio with the pastor, Father Leonardo, SDB, Spiritual Advisor. The group has 85 members and 15 aspirants.

KOROHOGO (IVORY COAST) - ADMA group of the parish St. John Bosco


                 
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