Micah 5,1-4: "From you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel" The prophet is faced with people divided into two kingdoms, who argue both on political issues and on religious ones, a people far from the ideal embodied by King David. His oracle invokes the coming of the new David, of the Messiah. The lesson of Bethlehem is primarily a praise of humility. The…
On December 13, the third Sunday of Advent, the communities of Rome I and II honored and said farewell to Fr. Rafael Gonçalves da Costa and Fr. Claude Siebenaler who, after 18 and 34 years of service respectively in the community of Rome, are returning to their entities: Fr. Rafael to Portugal and Fr. Claude to Luxembourg.  Listen to the introduction for the Mass (fr. Heiner Wilmer SCJ) In the…
The Dehonian International Theological Commission (DITC/CTID) met December 4-7 at the Generalate. It is consists of Frs. Stefan Tertünte and Juan José Arnaiz Ecker of the Dehon Study Center and the coordinators of the continental commissions: Frs. Fernando Rodríguez Garrapucho (Europe), Joao Carlos Almeida (Latin America), Joseph Kuate (Africa), Francis Purwanto (Asia). Fr. Artur Sanecki, the general councilor responsible for the sector of spirituality, and thus the  president of the…
Zephaniah 3,14-18: Rejoice daughter of Sion The beloved city is invited to come out of its loneliness and violence to enter into the state of “beloved” as God sees and wants. There’s a link between the beginning of this passage of Zephaniah and the greeting which the angel addressed to Mary at the home of Nazareth. This invitation to be joyful comes from the memory of the works of God…
  To: Provincial/Regional/District Superiors and all SCJs Christmas Letter 2015 The Meaning of Christmas    Christmas is the gift that God makes of himself because love leads to forgiveness and the splendor of truth prevails over all special interests. We await Christmas with expectation, greater even than we imagine, because the calls for mercy that issue from our world are so urgent and so strong. Despite all this, history resonates…