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Cardinal Carlos Osoro presides the Eucharist in Madrid for the 14th anniversary of the Passing of Fernando Rielo

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It’s been already fourteen years since the passing into heaven of Fernando Rielo Pardal, founder of the Institute Id of Christ the Redeemer Missionaries and Idente Missionaries, on December 6, 2004 in New York. Today all over the world, this day is celebrated with joy and gratitude, celebrating Thanksgiving masses for the life of Fernando Rielo, as well as commemorative events about his work.

As could not have been otherwise, in the Crypt of the Cathedral of La Almudena in Madrid, where his remains rest, a Eucharist was celebrated that was presided over by the Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, His Grace Carlos Osoro, and concelebrated by several priests friends of the institution and idente priests from various parts of Spain.

With this motive, idente missionaries from all over Spain gathered together with friends, family members and Idente family members to this celebration in which the Cardinal of Madrid thanked the work of Fernando Rielo as well as reminding his children of the mission they have inherited and that they must move forward for the good of the whole Church.

At the end of the Eucharist, both the celebrants and the audience went to the chapel where rest the remains of our Father Founder to pray a response. The scene was of a great solemnity when seeing in procession more than twelve priests presided by Cardinal Osoro and followed by all the assistants who after receiving the blessing recited the trisagio idente.

Before leaving D. Carlos agreed to a small interview in which he was asked about the contribution of Fernando Rielo and his words were:

“I believe that he does not have something, he has a lot to say, because his own mysticism, everything that he talks about … today we need that mysticism, which is what God gives in the encounter with Him, makes us leave ourselves and makes us be artists in life and poets of life; who are not beings that do not do anything in life, on the contrary, we give what this world needs. Because what this world needs most is art, it is sensitivity, it is knowing how to reach the heart. Poets and artists always reached the hearts of men. Today we marvel at their works; be pictorial, sculptural, be literary, we marvel because they continue to touch our hearts in their works despite the centuries that have passed or the years that have passed. It seems to me that Fernando Rielo has to say a lot because he in his writings, in his own personal life, in the very institution that he has made, he does not want simple strollers on this earth, he wants mystics to walk. Men and women who are able to give a face to God with their lives. ”

After the Eucharistic celebration and visit to the tomb of Fernando Rielo, an agape was offered in the facilities of the Information Office of the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, during which the coexistence was enjoyed and a video was projected about one of the idente missions: the reconstruction of the Monastery of Santa Cruz (Tenerife), and then were heard the testimonies of three idente missionaries who resided there in the years of splendor of that place so emblematic for the Idente Institution and that were formed by Fernando Rielo. In order of intervention: Fr. José Mª López, Juana Sánchez-Gey and Fr. José Mª Sierra.

Nave central de la cripta llena de asistentes a la misa

Procesión de inicio de la Eucaristía

Procesión de entrada

Liturgia de la Palabra – Alexis Gaona, misionero idente

Liturgia de la Palabra – Belén Carreras, misionera idente

D. Carlos Osoro, cardenal arzobispo de Madrid, durante su homilía

Oración de los fieles por parte de Akemi Ponce, misionera idente

Oración de los fieles por parte de Felipe Roca, misionero idente

Momento del ofertorio realizado por varias misioneras identes de India

Durante la celebración eucarística.

Uno de los momentos de la celebración.

Nave central de la Cripta de La Almudena durante la misa

Momento en que el P. José María López Sevillano agradece al Cardenal D. Carlos Osoro

Sacerdotes asistentes ante la tumba de Fernando Rielo

D. Carlos Osoro, rezando un responso ante la tumba de Fernando Rielo

D. Carlos Osoro, rezando un responso ante la tumba de Fernando Rielo

Asistentes rezando el trisagio idente ante la tumba de Fernando Rielo

Entrevista a D. Carlos Osoro

Parte de los asistentes al ágape en la UTPL (Madrid)

Momento del testimonio de misioneros identes; al micrófono P. José Mª López

Testimonio de Juana Sánchez-Gey, misionera idente

Testimonio del P. José Mª Sierra, misionero Idente

An Interdisciplinary Approach and a Metaphysics with a living face: Major Themes at the Seventh World Conference on Metaphysics

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The need to reinforce interdisciplinary metaphysical thought and a “metaphysics with a living face” which will respond to the problems of the human person, without dogmatism or radicalism, appeared among the conclusions articulated by the president of the Seventh World Conference on Metaphysics, Rev. Jesús Fernández Hernández, at the closing session on October 27. The event brought together two hundred scholars and thinkers from thirty countries at the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain, October 24-27, 2018.

In the opening address, Professor Jesús Conill of the University of Valencia, Spain stressed that philosophy had once again focused on human nature and the need for an enriched, updated concept of personhood superseding the interpretations proceeding from both traditionalism and scientism. This topic resurfaced at the Round Table on “Metaphysics and the Person,” where University of Valencia Professor Agustín Domingo Moratalla brought out the significance of the notion of the person for an adequate theory of justice and as a basis for bioethics and applied ethics in general. Professor Juana Sánchez-Gey of the Autonomous University of Madrid set forth Fernando Rielo’s vision of the person as “someone with awareness of Someone” who defines personhood and endows it with a spirit capable of union and commitment to the highest values.

At the Round Table on “Metaphysics, Science, and Therapy,” César Nombela, Professor of Microbiology at the Complutense University of Madrid and Honorary Rector of the Menéndez Pelayo International University, considered the search for truth as an ethical imperative for scientists which necessarily opens them to mystery. Julio Martínez, Rector of the Comillas Pontifical University commented on the twofold trajectory of moving through and beyond disciplines by way of the horizontal relation sciences-society and the philosophical-theological heights and depths of sciences open to ultimate reality. Similarly, Mauro Mantovani, Rector of the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, affirmed that a multidisciplinary approach is a “weak” form of collaboration among sciences and that a transdisciplinary focus is an educational task in order to grasp that metaphysics is not an alternative to anthropology (Fides et Ratio, 83).

Regarding the relation between metaphysics and culture, Ángel Galindo, former Rector of the Pontifical University of Salamanca, lamented the current separation between ethics and aesthetics and stated that art and ethics are not neutral, for they convey a sense of the meaning of existence. Ricardo Piñero of the University of Navarra, Spain set forth the metaphysical values of the Christ of Velázquez and of Don Quijote, in terms of his reading of Unamuno and Rielo. The two creations are more than works of art, but permit a true encounter with the very humanity of Christ, bringing us to feel his presence and powerful reality.

In the closing address, José María López Sevillano, President of the Idente School, advocated a metaphysics involving a living face and personal commitment, wherein the absolute model, proposed by Fernando Rielo, is the genetic conception of the principle of relation—i.e., the Most Holy Trinity revealed by Christ, in whom all Truth, Methodology, and Life is manifest. From this point of departure we can arrive at a well-formed vision of reality in dialogue with every culture, mentality, science, art, or religion. For Rielo, Christ is the metaphysician par excellence.

In addition, other main speakers from France, Germany, and Argentina dealt with varied facets of the relation between metaphysics and theology and between metaphysics and education. Many papers were also presented by the other participants in the Conference—nearly two hundred in all—on topics related to the seven major areas of thought and culture included in the program.

Conference President Jesús Fernández announced that the Eighth World Conference on Metaphysics will be held at the Pontifical University of Salamanca in 2021 under the auspices of the Fernando Rielo Chair, which had been created there.

International training course for missionaries and missionaries

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From 19 to 31 August, a formation course for missionaries and missionaries from all over the world, many of them superiors and superiors of the various countries where the diocese is present, is held at the monastery of San Benno in Bad Lauterberg (Germany). Institute.

In total, ninety members of the Id Institute have gathered to participate in an intense course that will combine lectures, group reflections, sharing, moments of personal prayer, community prayer and the celebration of the Eucharist.

It will be a beautiful moment of renewal and spiritual conversion, as well as growth in the experience of the consecration in the idente charism, inspired by its founder, Fernando Rielo.

All this is representing moments of great depth, charity and joy for sharing among brothers and sisters who come from countries of South and North America, Africa, Asia and Europe, where the Institute Id carries out missions in all fields of evangelization according to his charism: the apostolate and attention to childhood and youth in parishes, schools and universities; education at all levels; the university chaplaincies; the apostolate in the academic and cultural world; the investigation; the medical and pastoral health work; Idente Youth, World Youth Parliament, Idente Family, etc …

Thailand: Idente Mission, 38 years of evangelization

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Informative video about the needs of the work of the Idente missionaries in Thailand, a country with 0.1% of Catholics, in which we are present since 1980, the year our beloved brother Eduardo Domínguez Suriá arrived (Tenerife 1949-Chiangmai 2011). The video focuses on the Idente mission of Chiangmai, north of the country, where the Institute Id has the Saraphee Pastoral Center and a residence for the missionaries.

The “yes” is like an arrow directed to the heart of the Father. Vows at the Cathedral of Berlin

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On Saturday, June 16, the German idente missionary Rebecca Sattler made her temporary vows at the Cathedral of Berlin. The ceremony was presided by the prelate Dr. Stefan Dybowski, in charge of the religious orders of women for the Archdiocese of Berlin. The President of the Institution, Fr. Jesús Fernández Hernández, concelebrated together with other idente brothers.

In the homily the prelate addressed some precious words to the professing sister, which made a deep impression on all the guests. He highlighted three aspects of the charism and life of the founder Fernando Rielo: 1) the freedom to live on earth without belonging to the earth, 2) the strength to persist in moments of aridity and 3) to live and transmit holiness seeing the earth from heaven and not heaven from the earth.

At the end of the Mass, the President addressed some words to those attending the event:

The yes is like an arrow directed to the heart of the Father. And the Father’s heart does not bleed. The only thing that it produces is mercy, forgiveness, the desire to be with us. And every time a person says to Christ “yes!”, and to the Father and to the Holy Spirit, “yes!”, enormous blessings are shed upon mankind. With our narrow minds, we would like heaven to be the same as the earth. That heaven that we carry here within us, will open more and more thanks to our ever renewed “yes!” There are young people here. A yes is just one syllable. But it changes a person’s life. Then, when a man or a woman says “yes!” to Christ, who truly loves them, soon afterwards fruits are produced.”

It was a day full of graces. Many of the guests -among them some unbaptized persons, some Muslims and Buddhists- were attending a mass for the first time. After it a reception took place, in which the President and the idente women’s General Superior, taking advantage of the presence of many young people, spoke about the life of prayer and holiness. Everyone was deeply moved by the ceremony as well as the words they heard.

We can already witness the fruits that this special moment in the history of our Institution in Germany is bringing to our life of holiness.

News of joy and hope from San Pedro and San Pablo University parish in Soa

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As every month, we publish the letter of Fr. Efrén Blanco, provincial superior of the idente missionaries in Cameroon, to all the friends and benefactors of the idente mission, explaining the progress of the construction of the Soa University parish and a summary of the apostolic activity of the month.

University parish Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul                     Soa-Cameroun Yaoundé, 31 Mai 2018

Dear friends and benefactors:

This month we have a bunch of news for you. As for the works of the church, they advance on the side of the sacristy, altar, chapel of the Blessed Sacrament and the columns. Like the previous year, the town of Salteras has mobilized with the Solidarity Rake, which gives us an immense joy.

On the other hand, this month, we had our friend Cecilia with us: she met the idente missionaries in Istanbul, when she lived there with her husband Roland, now deceased (as we shared in a previous sheet) and they are enthusiastic collaborators of our church. He was visiting the church works and participating in our Sunday Mass in Soa.

On May 11, in Soa, we had the Easter Concert of the Choir San Pedro and San Pablo: it had a lot of young audience attendance and was of a considerable artistic height. A part of the concert was dedicated to pray for the new church, with the model. In Soa we also had the Idente Youth Olympics.

In Yaoundé we have celebrated a Retreat with those young people who feel called to live the path of holiness in common, as aspirants to Idente Missionaries. Likewise, on May 1 we celebrate the traditional day of families, in which we share with adults and children a whole program of activities that includes a film that then serves us for dialogue, games, food and Holy Mass.
Count on our prayers and we thank you for the interest and dissemination that you are giving to our activities.

Procurator general Fr. Fernando Real visits  Thailand

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Last May 22nd we received in Chiang Mai the pleasant and always comforting visit of the procurator general Fr. Fernando Real M.Id, coming from New York.

After resting from the long trip, he joined the activities of the province with the daily mass at 6.30. We received our dear brother Fernando with gratitude to our Heavenly Father and to the superiors, for his presence that always helps and comforts us at a distance when he is far away and now directly in this visit with his example of order, discipline, study and holiness in the daily life. Our brother Fernando thanked our words and spoke to the young people on behalf of our President, for his honesty and perseverance. After the Holy Mass we had dinner fraternally at the sisters’ house.

On Friday the 25th, in the morning prayer, we addressed some farewell words to our dear brother Rueangdet, who returns to the United States to continue his studies. Afterwards, Fernando gave a small talk. Then, we received the visit of a young Italian we have met and who is in search, thus our general procurator oriented him to read the gospel, pray the Trisagio and help the young people participating in meetings of the family idente.

On Saturday the 26th we traveled to Wiang Pa Pao to have a Motus Christi with the children and young people who normally live there, about 120 students, mostly Catholics. Fr. Fernando spoke about Pope Francis’s document on holiness, in such a simple way and with so many examples, that everyone understood it from the smallest of 9 years to those over 19 years old and even some professors who were present . After answering groups of students about three issues about their spiritual experience and taking lunch with ice cream included, we met again at the church so that they would share their opinions with everyone. Then two young people expressed their testimony and experience about the life of holiness and our charism. Afterwards we celebrated the mass and a young woman gave thanks on behalf of all the students for the interesting talk received for their spiritual life.

After this beautiful apostolic activity, hopefully very fruitful, we prayed the Sábato in the chapel of the residence with the sisters and then we had dinner together, as we do every Saturday. On the 27th as every Sunday after the Idente Memorial, we celebrate the morning Sunday Mass, presided over by our dear brother Thinnakorn, with a beautiful homily on the Most Holy Trinity, concelebrated by our Procurator General, Fernando and our brother Francisco.

After a snack, we had the gospel group as every last Sunday of every month, this time more numerous and participative than usual, while our sister Yotsaya was teaching the catechesis to the children. After  we had lunch in the residence of the brothers, and invited two new young people to the house.

After our family lunch, we prepared for the Idente Family talk, given by fr. Fernando, starting with the letter to Ephesians 1: 3-4, related to the document of Pope Francis, but in relation to family life in a life of daily sanctity. Then we had dinner with the food that the members of the family had prepared.

Visit of the President of the Id Institute and of the Superior General to Seville and Constantine

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Fr. Jesús Fernández, President of the women and men Idente missionaries, and María del Carmen García Viyuela, Superior General of the missionary sisters, visited the foundations of Seville and Constantine from April 15 to 23.
It was an intense week in which they had the opportunity to greet the parishioners of the parish “The Annunciation of Our Lady and St. John XXIII”, entrusted to the idente missionaries; also having a meeting with members of the Idente Catechumenate, Idente Family, Idente Youth and some members of the parish groups; as well as visiting the children of the “Concilio” School, which belongs to the parish.

They also dedicated a day to visit the community of missionaries who are in the monastery “La Victoria de San José”, in the mountain town of Constantina, and to share with the students of the painting school “El Gurugú”, which initiated in the monastery the artist and teacher Carmen Meléndez,of Idente Family. The works of this collective in which there are adults and children are reaching great notoriety, not only within the town but outside it as well.

The President and the Superior had the opportunity to live together with friends of the missionaries and with young people, whom they got to know better became thanks to their tireless apostolic action, which with their words and the testimony of their lives leaves an impression of peace and joy in those who are by their side.

On Sunday 22 the President officiated the Holy Mass in the parish of Seville. In his homily, commenting on the Word that referred to the Good Shepherd, with the strength that characterizes him, he invited everyone to say to Christ “like the disciples of Emmaus: ‘stay with us, I ask you to please, stay.’ Because in the human heart there is too much darkness, too many shadows, too much sadness. Stay with us and if we really ask him, Christ enters into us and directs my thoughts, directs my imagination, my creativity, my feelings … And Christ who is like after the resurrection, and introduces himself to his disciples and tells them ‘Peace be with you’, because Christ is peace; that’s why he says ‘peace be with you’. And what does that mean? That He will help me overcome all my difficulties if I have confidence in Him.

Trust, this simple word. Confidence means that I open my heart … Christ is peace, the Good Shepherd. He gives life and wants to share his life with us and what it is, a life of mercy, of forgiveness, that which costs us so much despite the fact that we say it in the Lord’s Prayer forgive us our offenses as we forgive those who have offended us; we say it in the Lord’s Prayer, but do we live it?…

If I look at Christ, Christ will dissolve the wounds that I carry in my heart. If I look at the wounds of Christ, what do I see in them? Pure love. But He also looks at our wounds and they are not always for love. There is pain, suffering, revenge, hate.

Not long ago in Africa a girl told me: my parents were killed, my brothers also, my grandparents; I only have hate and revenge in my heart, what do I do with all that? And I said: the first thing is not wanting revenge. Do you want to kill all those people? “No. I do not want more deaths. ” The first step of forgiveness is not wanting revenge; It is the first step because forgiveness is not a word, it is only a path. Like love, it is a path, like holiness, which is the fullness of love is a path that must be traveled, and it is not easy. But Christ next to us makes me overcome all these difficulties. He is the Good Shepherd. ”

Father Jesús Fernández also explained how to pray the Our Father, adopting the tender attitude of a child with his father. Below the photo gallery of this news there is a video with a fragment of these words of our President.

In the different moments shared both with the communities of missionaries and with the rest of the people whom they had the opportunity to greet and know, they did not stop showing their closeness, affection and gratitude, which they have also received from them, because we have all been aware of the blessing that we received being by their side.

Living family life: Motus Christi in La Cabrera (Madrid)

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Every fourth morning the realization of a Motus Christi in the Convent of San Antonio and San Julián in La Cabrera, in Madrid, has become a tradition. The retreat congregates young couples who enjoy a Sunday around Christ.

Each course has a training program for the course 2017 – 2018, which has been around the virtues.

On Sunday, April 22, the Motus Christi of the 4th Sunday, as it is called, was attended by 38 people, some of whom were young families with their children, who also had their places to pray and reflect.

This style of retreat according to the spirituality idente has a very simple structure, but intense prayer that makes possible a warm welcome for those who attend it for the first time and are not accustomed to an atmosphere of retreat and prayer. The Motus Christi focused on the explanation and meditation around Prudence, a reflection directed by the Idente missionary Raul Caulier, supported by the Magisterium of the Church and the lessons of Fernando Rielo, Founder of the idente women and men missionaries, together with his personal experience. Here are some fragments of his interesting reflection:

Saint John Paul II in a general audience of 1978 says: << The prudent man, who strives for all that is truly good, strives to measure everything, any situation and all his actions, according to the meter of moral good. >> (October 25, 1978).

Fernando Rielo said << Prudence is an act of practical intelligence through which you can see what the means to reach the end have to be. Prudence is not only a virtue, but becomes a gift of the Holy Spirit, by which, with hope and will, requires a great strength of spirit. Prudence goes hand in hand with patience, and patience is a form of resistance and strength. >> (Paris, December 31, 1978)

I would like to point out some things that I think are important in order to achieve this prudence, as we would say in engineering, practical questions of how to achieve prudence:

  1. The memory of past experience: If a person does not know how to reflect on what has happened to him and to others, he cannot learn to live.
  2. Intelligence of the present state of things: The prudent acting is the result of an “understanding”, looking at understanding as the total responsibility, as the true love that frees from our passions, to reach the end of the human vocation: “holiness”.
  3. Discernment when confronting one fact with the other, one determination with the other. Discover in each option the disadvantages and advantages offered, in order to be able to make a good choice.
  4. Assume with humility our limitations. Resort to the advice of all those people who can give us some light.
  5. Circumspection to confront the circumstances. This would be that some action considered and taken independently can be very good and convenient; but seeing it from within a plan of life or a project of personal progress, it can become bad or inopportune.

The Idente missionaries, in the parliaments of the young people of the Archdiocese of Madrid

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On Sunday, April 15, the World Youth Parliament (youth participation forum) convened by the Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, D. Carlos Osoro, through the Delegation of Youth, took place in the majority of vicariates of the Archdiocese of Madrid.
The General See of Missionaries belongs to the Vicaría 2, where They have been progressively developing an important apostolic activity such as the organization of monthly training courses.Each vicariate congregated in a parish
This Sunday was not the exception and the Idente presence was notorious as animators in several discussion groups.
 
The World youth parliament groups of the Vicaría 2 were held in the Parish of San Juan Evangelista, where in its large halls were gathered about a hundred young people divided into groups to discuss several issues:
-The current youth
-The current society
-Studies and world of work
-The giving of life
-The social and political commitment
-Volunteering and charity
-Ecology
-Church
-Affectivity and sexuality
-Leisure, free time and digital world
On Saturday, May 5, at the headquarters of the Youth Delegation of the archdiocese, the results of the work of each vicariate will be presented with the intention of preparing a joint document that will be taken to the Synod of Bishops to be held in October.
The meeting of the vicarate II was held in an environment of warm welcome, presided by the Auxiliary Bishop, D. José Cobo.