The mission obviously begins at home. There is a point in common between the vocation to be Prayer Groups and that of bearing witness to the Gospel in the family: the emotional bond. In prayer we call God the Father, Jesus Brother, the Virgin, Mother, that is, we use precisely those terms that are part of the familiar language. Somehow a lived family life leads us to understand prayer better and vice versa.
It is clear that our mission should begin at home. There is a point in common between the vocation of being part of Prayer Groups and that of bearing witness to the Gospel in the family: the emotional bond. In prayer we call God the Father, Jesus Brother, the Virgin, Mother, that is, we use precisely those terms that are part of the familiar language. Somehow family life leads us to understand prayer better and vice versa.
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"The more difficulties you will encounter in this holy ministry, the more you must convince yourself that it is appreciated by the divine Majesty. It is indisputably certain that all holy initiatives displease our common enemy and therefore he in all his power endeavours that we desist doing the good. Therefore live quietly and always go forward, and let the Holy Spirit who is spread in your heart operate."
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How can we serve for the coming of the Kingdom of God?
One of the great difficulties of the modern man is accepting that the world belongs to God. Secularism does not always mean atheism, indeed there are many who accept the idea of a transcendent, invisible world; but it becomes difficult to come to terms with this reality, just when we speak of a God who wants to guide us to live better on this earth "Submission" to his will is also experienced by many believers almost as a burden. Respect for the moral principles that come from the Bible has become the object of free interpretation, so that the commandments and precepts of the Lord prevail - even among believers - the "in my opinion" or the concept of a democratic ethic: "everyone does it, so it's not wrong". Faith asks us to know how to look beyond, how to overcome the limited walls of our egos by looking at the world as a wonderful gift from God. “Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Sal. 1,8).
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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.
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".
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Our Padre Pio Prayer Group Center in San Giovanni Rotondo has recently started to issue a monthly guided prayer reflection called Catechesis.
It starts with a Scripture, a letter of Padre Pio to one of his brothers or spiritual children, a reflection and it closes with a prayer to Saint Padre Pio.
This month Catechesis titled: In Solidarity with The People to Announce the Kingdom of God; here are the summary:
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Fr. Luciano Lotti, OFM Cap. General Secretary of of Padre Pio Prayer Group Center in San Giovanni Rotondo