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WUCWO AND THE NEW GENERATIONS
Message of the PG - November 2019
María Lía Zervino, Servidora
"In so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me" (Mt 25:40), Jesus said to us.
May our path to holiness lead us, dear friends, to caring for and promoting the new generations.
FIDELITY TO THE CHURCH, ALWAYS FOLLOWING PETER
October 2019, message of WUCWO President General
María Lía Zervino, Servidora
On October 1, we celebrated the liturgy of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. St. John Paul II, as he proclaimed her Doctor of the Church, said that she had received "the science of divine love" from the Master; that is why, this month, I invite you to share the example of her life.
The Amazon is burning: life is dying out.
what will we, women of WUCWO, do in the face of this scourge that is attacking our planet? Aren’t we "carriers of living water" as we stated at our last General Assembly in Dakar in October 2018?
The better part that will not be taken from us
"Darlyn, Jakelin, Felipe, Juan, Wilmer, Carlos" are the names of the children recited by those who lay down on the floor of the US Senate building, forming the shape of a cross with their bodies. According to Vatican News, these migrant children died in federal custody facilities. Before carrying out that civil disobedience, lay and religious men and women had prayed in the garden of Capitol Hill (Washington DC), had heard testimonies of migrants terrified by the idea of losing their children, and had read messages from bishops supporting protest against immigration policy, in particular for families and children. The demonstrators, including priests and nuns, were arrested by the police.
WUCWO women: let’s get down to work
On Sunday, June 9, we will receive the Holy Spirit. What a source of grace and conversion for all of us! "When comes… the Spirit of truth… he will be my witness. And you too will be my witnesses…" (Jn 15:26).
Today I’ve had the opportunity to go to the church of San Pietro in Vincoli, a temple which is very visited because it guards the chains with which the apostle Peter was imprisoned and it also contains the extraordinary sculpture of the Moses by Michelangelo. There, before the Blessed Sacrament, I asked the Lord for his inspiration to write to you the message of May 2019.
On May 13, the date chosen to celebrate the founding of WUCWO, we will turn 109, by the grace of God.
This is the letter that our President General wrote to Cardinal Ranjit to express her heartfelt condolences for the victims of the attacks in Sri Lanka.
it is with deep sorrow that we write to you on behalf of all the Catholic women of the member organisations of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO), to express our spiritual closeness and deep compassion for the victims, the wounded, their families and the entire Catholic community, which was so tragically affected.
Mary stood near the Cross (cf. John 19:25)
We are in Lent and soon we will enter the Holy Week. I propose that we live this period towards Easter in Mary’s hand, in order to be reborn through her, with Jesus, to a new life.
As WUCWO women we are entering a new period, which requires the best of each one of us and of our organisations, to follow the steps that our Holy Father Francis is tracing in the Church and in the world. He tells us today: “In the heart of the Curch, Mary shines forth” (Christus Vivit, March 25, 2019).
Today, can we say that women are promoters of hope when there are so many gaping wounds? A planet that cries out for the destruction of human beings, and human beings themselves, in particular women and children, that are subjected to slavery, contempt and discrimination and whose cry we want to silence.
In February 2019, what temperature do we have?
Let's take today's world temperature. In the northern hemisphere, we usually suffer a lot of cold, whereas in most of the southern hemisphere, a lot of heat. But let's use the thermometer to measure the temperatures of our society.
Mary and the Church are a Mother
Dear friends,on January 1 we celebrate the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.
Both Mary and the Church conceive and give birth at Christmas, by the grace of the Holy Spirit.
Through participation in the motherhood of the Blessed Virgin and of the Church, women who belong to a member organisation, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, are giving birth to a new period in the history of WUCWO.
But... how to give birth today? By applying the message of Pope Francis for the 2019 World Day of Peace. The Holy Father tells us that political responsibility does not only belong to the ones who govern, but also to each citizen.
Dear friends, our political commitment - which is one of the highest expressions of charity - should lead us to concern ourselves with the future of human life and the planet: with women and their children in gestation, with the youngest and most vulnerable members in the family.
I would like this to be part of our spirituality, of our daily prayer and of our commitment to action, just like the Holy Spirit inspired us in our resolutions of the General Assembly in Senegal.
And may the Word, which became flesh, dwell among us! May you have a Happy and Holy Year!