HOPE AND MISSIONARY JOURNEY
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
A WOMB COMMUNITY
To what extent does the Rosary make us a community?
Father Franco Moscone, our General Director, in the Pastoral Plan 2019-2020 of the Archdiocese of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo, invites each parish to be "a community like a womb, able to collaborate in educating the community”.
We can certainly repropose this invitation to our Prayer Groups, also because Padre Pio, although not having used this expression, had an image that was close to it. He wrote to Antonietta Vona: "After love for our Lord, I recommend to you love of the Church, His Bride and our tender mother. This dear sweet dove which, alone, can lay the eggs and let the little doves be born to the Spouse”. (Letters III, p. 846).
In catechesis and ecclesial reflections in recent years, a characteristic image of the first communities has been recovered: they were groups of people reunited by faith in Christ and by the baptism that had generated them. For this reason, the maternal aspect of the Church is often underlined when speaking of "womb community".
For complete prayer reflection for December catechesis, please download the file below:
Fr. Luciano Lotti, OFM Cap. General Secretary of of Padre Pio Prayer Group Center in San Giovanni Rotondo
In Solidarity with the people to announce the Kingdom of God