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Motus Christi and WYD Panama: Say yes to Christ right now

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Mary has been the great protagonist of this beautiful adventure of the Motus Christi and the WYD of Panama, which had as its motto “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word”. The village of Mary is called the retreat house of Capira, 75 km to the west, where we celebrate the Motus Christi, and the “let it be done to me according to your word” centered the catechesis and the words of the Holy Father during the whole WYD, besides singing it to satiety in the beautiful hymn of this 34th World Youth Day.

The miracle of bringing a large group of young people, dreamt of by our president, Fr. Jesús Fernández, and by our superiors general, Fr. Luis Casasús and María del Carmen García, took place. There were 75 young people from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, the United States, France and Mexico, accompanied by eleven women and men missionaries.

The international Motus took place in the town of Capira, 75 km (about two hours by bus) east of Panama City, with the arrival of all the groups on the evening of January 16. Already from the joyful meeting at the airport of Tocumen one could perceive the beautiful family atmosphere that we would live from the first day at the Motus.

Not only was the house of the Magnificat community a place of recollection and silence, but the very structure and spirit of the Motus introduced all the young people in that environment, even the most unaccustomed to it. They discovered with surprise that holiness is possible and that living it in community is the most beautiful and fruitful way. In this sense, the testimonies of several brothers and sisters, professed and probantes, were moments of great emotion for the young people when they saw how there is no prototype of saint, nor ideal circumstances, but Christ calls us all in the most unsuspected situations.

It has been a moment of grace, of much grace, which has touched everyone. Five days that seemed to us like a little bit of eternal life, of heaven in this world. In their different moments: talks, personal prayer, communities, meals, the athenaeum, we breathed an atmosphere of communion and service that invited us to fly much higher and to feel the presence of God in each one of us.

This atmosphere of family and fraternal life has surprised them so much, that it has helped even the most reserved, to open up and to look for us brothers and sisters to talk about their life, their dreams and their love for Christ.

The charismatic touch, where many expressed their decision to follow Christ with all the consequences, was a beautiful finishing touch. As an example, one of the young people said something that illustrates the common feeling of the participants: “Before coming to WYD I had certain projects, ideas, intentions of how to pass this experience, but now, after having lived these days of the Motus, I think that the trip was worthwhile only for the Motus.

With a certain sadness for leaving the place and for finishing such an intense experience, on Monday the 21st in the morning we left for the city of Panama, since the following day the WYD was already beginning. The WYD organization had recently informed us that our group would be housed in the Parish of Christ the Son of God, in the neighborhood of Samaria, where each pilgrim would be living in a family. Although at the beginning we thought it would have been better to have the whole group together, housed in a school or in the halls of the parish, we soon realized that living with families was a beautiful opportunity to get to know the Panamanian people from within, and to understand their profound religiosity and their spontaneous kindness and joy.

On the other hand, Providence wanted us to be in a neighborhood, Samaria, with many needs and deficiencies, to know not only the tourist side of the city, but the reality in which many Panamanians live. The poverty, the lack of health in the streets and in the houses, and the marginalization were evident, but it was compensated by the great joy and affection with which each family welcomed us. They gave us what they did not have, in the purest evangelical style. We could not be less: we decided to assume these circumstances as a moment of mission, and to share with our adoptive families all the richness received in the Motus.

The fruits were not long in coming. The generosity and faith of the Panamanians made us feel like one more of their families, creating strong bonds that we all yearn to remain. And all this in spite of the fact that we spent most of the day outside and the moments of living together were limited to nights and mornings at breakfast.

One of the young participants said that for him it had been a formative experience, because he had seen the kindness and attention of the host families and because he had learned to value more what he had, to be more helpful and more attentive to the needs of those at home.

From the 23rd to the 28th the day was full with the activities programmed by WYD, in the morning and in the afternoon. Apart from the participation in the different acts of WYD and the attention to the stand of the ‘vocational fair’, the day went by moving between the stages of the acts, in a week of intense humid heat, more than normal according to the Panamanians themselves. In short, hours of walking almost always in the sun, hours of waiting before the beginning of the acts also in the sun, hours of transport and waiting in the subway…

We were truly pilgrims within the city, living everything with supernatural joy, like the rest of the thousands of young people who were there. It was also surprising how Pope Francis, in his demanding and tender words to the young people, said several things that had somehow appeared in the Motus: overcoming comfort and conformism; living the unconditional love of the Father; living the now of God and not the meantime; and walking after Christ without stopping, risking everything like Mary.

After the Mass celebrated by the Pope on Sunday 28th, the afternoon was left free so that each one could share with the family that welcomed him, and also this time was very beautiful for everyone.


Contemplating now this strong human and spiritual experience, it is evident that the participation in WYD was certainly not to ‘see the Pope’, as a spectacle, which we would surely have seen better from the television at home, but to live together with Peter, the Vicar of Christ, a pilgrimage to Christ, with Mary, to live this great Pentecost together with the whole universal church, gathered around its pastor.

Another gift from Providence was the ‘casual’ meeting at the airport with Archbishop of Panama, José Domingo Ulloa. It was the same day that we all went home, on Tuesday, January 29, thus fulfilling the wish of our president, Fr. Jesus Fernandez, that we could greet him, something really difficult during the days with the Pope. It is clear that for Christ nothing is impossible. As we approached him, Monsignor Ulloa immediately identified us by the t-shirt we were wearing, with the word “identes” in large, and he transmitted to us the great need that Panamanian university students have for our charism.

Now in each place the women and men missionaries must be attentive to the young people who participated in WYD so that the fire that shone there does not go out, but, as Pope Francis said, the young people make decisions ‘now’, not for later, and that they say ‘yes’ like Mary to the will of God.

Interview with Cardinal Osoro about the person and work of Fernando Rielo, Founder of the Idente Missionaries

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The Cardinal of Madrid, D. Carlos Osoro, speaks in this brief interview about the person and work of Fernando Rielo, Founder of the Idente Missionaries, and the importance of his charism in the contemporary world. The interview was carried out after the Mass that Cardinal Osoro himself presided over in the crypt of the Cathedral of La Almudena in Madrid on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of Fernando Rielo’s Passing. This celebration was held on December 6, 2018.

About three thousand people at the anniversary mass of Fernando Rielo in St. Patricks Cathedral in New York

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On Friday, December 7, in Manhattan New York, the final resting place of our beloved Father Founder, the 14th Anniversary of his entrance to eternal life was celebrated in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. On this occasion, the President, Father Jesús Fernández and our Superiors General María del Carmen García and Luis Casasús participated in this great meeting and Eucharistic celebration of thanksgiving.

Thus, in the context of the Advent season, the atmosphere in the Cathedral was one a special recollected joy, in contrast to the coming and going of the New Yorker, worried about reaching the next train, or taking the perfect photo in front of the Rockefeller Christmas tree or perhaps to find the perfect gift in one of the many shops in this busy part of the city.

In this framework of New York daily life, 25 buses coming from the 4 parishes administered by our Institution, transported hundreds of parishioners who departed from their respective cities: St. Luke Parish in Brentwood, Our Lady of Loreto in Hempstead and three in the Bronx: St. Mary , Our Lady of Consolation and Santo Domingo. Each year in commemoration of the transit of our Father Founder, the faithful board the buses with a sense of pilgrimage where the trisagio is prayed, and each one writes his petition on small pieces of paper, that are distributed during the trip and that will be given to the Bishop along with the offerings to be placed at the foot of the Altar.

About 3,000 people participated in the Mass in which the Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Center, His Grace. Richard Garth Hennign, noted with admiration the presence of many young people, as well as many families. The homily focused on the meaning of the word unity and how St. Paul speaks of Christ’s invitation to participate in his mystery and in that we are chosen by him.

“This invitation requires a free and loving response, as can be seen in the life of its Founder. It is not an accident that he has indicated to you to form unity with the Lord, to participate in communion; … It is very clear in the Idente community because all are participants … he has indicated the importance of communion among us because in this way we can discern God’s invitation to Divine unity, to participate in the mystery of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, because he, his Founder, has spoken to us about the community of people and that he based it on the communion between us and God … we can understand his life and message if we can remember this invitation to participate.

Like Mary, the new Eve who never sought her own will and who gave her life to God, willing to participate in the Mystery, the life of our Founder is marked by free responses of self giving to the communion and unity with the Divine Persons.”

Filled with God, filled with hope and with a happy heart, we return to our homes happy to reach the holiness in common to which our Heavenly Father invites us.

Antonio Martín de las Mulas from Spain wins the 38th Fernando Rielo World Prize for Mystical Poetry

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With the poetry book Viernes Santo (Good Friday), Antonio Martín de las Mulas Baeza (Madrid, Spain, 1977) has won the XXXVIII Fernando Rielo World Prize for Mystical Poetry, awarded on December 13 in New York, at the Instituto Cervantes. The prize is € 7,000, publication of the work and a commemorative medal. The Laureate is a lawyer by profession. As poet he has received several recognitions and his poems have been published in some literary magazines and anthologies.

Of the work Viernes Santo the jury has said that the voice of the poetic I expressed in its verses is the voice of Jesus in Golgotha, that from the heights of the cross, regards with unique vision the littleness of the poet, transformed now in the lyric you.  From that view the crucified makes his own the situation of humanity, its weaknesses and its fears: “My blood is being poured out throughout the world, my heart dreams you in the eternal city”.  There is a special sensitivity regarding loneliness and human suffering, that the poet assumes out of the total disposition of the crucified one, that is no longer a passive victim, but an omnipotent maker for one who the cross is a throne, unconquerable rock, a saving altar.  It expresses, not without a certain/ apocalyptic bent, a profound theological content full of salvific hope through which Christ brings humanity to the Father:  He will come like a torrent wind in the fields/ like a wind that agitates green crests / opening the entire soul to the intense love of the Father.”

Honorable mention has been granted to the poetic work Desnudando el alma of the Spanish writer Desamparados Escriva.  A work of great beauty and sensitivity proper of an enamoured soul.  It is composed with excellent verses full of expressive recourses that spring forth from the wound of love: “No, it was not I who found Love, / it was He who found me…/ I got lost in that encounter / and I meander lost in its sea.”  The experience of absence and presence is not missing, just as that of the final union: “With You there are moments in which I do not know if I am / I do not know if You are / I only know that we are.”

The other finalists were: Antonio Bocanegra (Cádiz), Miguel Sánchez Robles (Murcia); Adela Guerrero Collazos (Cali); Theresia Maria Bothe (Sicilia, Italia); Pilar Elvira Vallejo (Madrid, España); María del Pilar Galán García (Valladolid, España); Marcelo Galliano (Buenos Aires, Argentina); Fernando Raúl Matiussi (Tucumán, Argentina) and Desamparados Escrivá Vidal (Tarragona, España).

The Jury was composed of: Jesús Fernández Hernández, president of the Fernando Rielo Foundation; José Mª. López Sevillano, literary critic and permanent secretary of the Prize; Annalisa Saccà, poet and professor of Language and Literature at St. John’s University of New York; Hilario Barrero, poet, prose writer, translator and professor at the City University of New York; Marie-Lise Gazarian-Gautier, professor of Spanish and Latinoamerican Literature at St. John’s University of New York, and David G. Murray, literary critic and philologist.

The President of the Fernando Rielo Foundation, Fr. Jesús Fernández Hernández, in his message in the award ceremony recalled the words of Fernando Rielo: “Mystical poetry begins where religious poetry ends. The referent of mystical poetry is a divine personal relationship with the Most Holy Trinity and what in this life can be conceived of a life eternal, familiar, intimate. (…) He also expressed that “mystical poetry, far from any ideology or manipulation, is empowering, inclusive and dialoguing; for that reason, it can cover all the registers and forms of literary expression. Nothing is opposed to the creative freedom of the mystic.”

The event featured a harp concert by the famous María Rosa Calvo-Manzano, which has more than three thousand concerts across five continents and numerous awards, in addition to being a member of several Academies of Fine Arts and World History.

The prize is for unpublished works in Spanish or English and has been awarded in venues such as the UN; the UNESCO; the French Senate and the Roman Campidoglio. Every year, it has the support of a wide Committee of Honor composed of Academicians of Language, History and Moral and Political Sciences, as well as writers, poets, university professors and university rectors.

The ecumenical nature of the prize has made it possible for it to be awarded to poets from different Christian confessions -as a matter of fact in most cases-, but also non-Christian, demonstrating how mystical poetry can unite cultures and religions.

Biographical data of Antonio Martín de las Mulas Baeza (Madrid, 1977)Antonio Martín de las Mulas (Spain, Madrid, 1977) graduated in Law at the Universidad CEU-San Pablo in Madrid, although he had a vocation as a philosopher, a career in which he studied for two years. He devoted himself freely to law with considerable success for nearly fifteen years until 2015 when he decided to move to Medellín (Colombia) and dedicate himself, as a father of a family, to missionary life. He is a catechist for children in one of the most underprivileged neighborhoods of the town of Bello, and is also part of the group “Queen of Peace” of Medellín, linked to the Catholic spirituality of Medjugorje. As a poet, he has received several recognitions, including the first prize in the XII Rodrigo Caro Poetry Contest in 2003. His poems have been published in various literary journals and anthologies.

Fragments of the poetry book Viernes Santo

Oigo vuestras respiraciones,

estáis aquí conmigo respirando

en los huecos eternos de los aires,

las almas de los siglos y las noches sin dormir,

las largas descendencias asumidas,

estáis aquí conmigo

respirando.

Hoy muero por vosotros de esta forma,

atravesados somos,

también en esta altura de las respiraciones.

Esta es la respiración del Hijo del Hombre,

mi respiración de muerte en este campo abierto,

mi forma de vivir

en este cuarto lúgubre del mundo,

en esta vida

cuando uno llega a lo alto de la Calavera,

y ve;

cuando uno llega, expuesto al sol, erguido

en una cruz

sobre el monte interior de vuestras vidas

y ve,

y ve

********

Hoy contemplo tus párpados vencidos,

su desplomarse solos ante el golpe del mundo,

su visión recogida

contra las grandes puertas de la noche.

Contemplo que has perdido las ganas de vivir,

que te comen por dentro

esos viejos abismos de un silencio cerrado.

Yo sé que no le ves una salida a todo esto,

que te desplomas pronto, que tus fuerzas

se disuelven humanas como el humo de un fuego

que asciende por la altura.

Alienta pequeñuelo, toma mi mano, y tenme,

ten coraje en el vilo de las grandes caídas.

Estoy en el martirio de los hombres, donde llevo

la piel sacada a tiras por tu desolación.

Quiero injertar tu vida en la esperanza

de un mañana infalible entre mis brazos.

Mírame,… no desfallezcas, hijo,

Yo estoy contigo,

creo en ti

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.