Day: 30. December 2016

Image of Our Lady of Miracles in St. Peter’s

At the end of his catechesis on Wednesday, Pope Francis greeted pilgrims from the Roman church of Sant’Andrea delle Fratte, who came with an original image of the Miraculous Virgin, or “Our Lady of Miracles,” which is being displayed in Saint Peter’s Basilica until January 1st 2017. The display marks the conversion 175 years ago of Alphonsus Ratisbonne in 1842, after Mary appeared to him in a side altar of that church. Ratisbonne (1812-1884) was a Jewish banker who had contempt for the Catholic Church and the clergy. He resented the fact that his brother Theodore had converted and been ordained a priest. Alphonsus’ own conversion had a great impact at the time, influenced as he was by rationalism, and the rejection of spiritual realities. He was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1847. Vespers will be prayed on Friday afternoon, December 30, and a Te Deum on Saturday, December 31, presided over by Pope Francis before Mary’s picture, which will be enthroned in the Altar of the Confession. On Sunday, January 1, the image will …

First Christmas in Jerusalem 2016

On December 24th, Christmas Eve we went to Shepherd’s field to have a beautiful mass with the brothers of Sion, Contemplatives and apostolic Sisters and volunteers from Ein Karem and Ecce Homo. Fr. Carlos, NDS celebrated the mass. It was a beautiful celebration and we asked for peace in the world and that Jesus fill our hearts with joy, love and hope. After that, we went to have a delicious dinner to wait for the mass at midnight in the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. We prayed for our families, the congregation and the world and really thanked God for our lives and this wonderful experience to be there and felt the spirit of Christmas in our hearts. Next day, we had mass at 10:30 in the morning with the whole community of sisters and brothers of Jerusalem and after we had a delicious lunch. When we finished lunch, we sang some Christmas songs in different languages. “How beautiful on the mountains, are the feet of the messenger announcing peace, of the messenger of …