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Bishops accompany celebrations for the 51 years of foundation of the Sodalitium

With deep joy and hope, we celebrate in the different cities and the nine countries where we are, thanksgiving masses for the 51st anniversary of the founding of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae on December 8th, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Our spiritual family has been present at these celebrations to give thanks to God for the gift of our charism and spirituality.

We had the blessing that some bishops accompanied us in the celebration of the Masses, to whom we thank for their closeness and friendship on our pilgrimage:

Card. Gianfranco Ghirlanda, SJ.

Our Pontifical Delegate for Formation and Assistant for the Renewal of our Constitutions, Card. Gianfranco Ghirlanda, SJ, presided over the Holy Mass in Rome (Italy) recalling that “The solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary is particularly dear to you, members of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, who feed on the example of Mary for your life of full dedication to the service of God and the Church.  In addition, this year concludes the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the same Sodalitium.  This takes place on a path of renewal that has been underway for some time.  Renewal that, certainly, does not consist only in the renewal of the Constitutions, but above all in an interior renewal, to which the Constitutions help”.

In Lima (Peru) our Sodalit brother Msgr. José Antonio Eguren, SCV, Archbishop of Piura and Tumbes, who invited us to “be men of hope and not of despair, men of life and not of death, to be people, of that even in the midst of daily trials, do not lose joy;  firmly founded on hope and faith, knowing that the last word is held by the merciful Love of the Father, who in Christ has defeated evil”.  Msgr. Eguren added “we must never forget that we are an eminently apostolic spiritual community and family.  I ask that we not allow ourselves to be robbed of hope or the joy of living.  The Mother accompanies us on our pilgrimage, she guides us in the midst of hopes and challenges, and comforts and encourages us in our trials and sufferings”.

Msgr. Raúl Chau, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Arequipa (Peru) joyfully reminded us that “dear friends of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae certainly these 51 years of existence where many have found God, they have felt part of the family of the Church and also some have been beaten and perhaps defrauded.  God never fails, God is never wrong.  Men can make mistakes, horrifying sins, but our good God is always ready, like the good Father in the parable of mercy, to embrace us and forgive us when we truly repent”.

In San José (Costa Rica), Msgr. Vittorino Girardi, MCCI, Bishop Emeritus of Tilarán-Liberia, thanked the Lord for the model and example of the Immaculate Virgin, stressing that “in Mary there is a certain character of infinity because she has a relationship unique with the second Person of the Most Holy Trinity.  God called a woman mom.  How to think that there is original sin in it?  In view of the merits of Jesus, She was preserved from original sin”.

Msgr. Fernando Antônio Figueiredo, OFM, bishop emeritus of the diocese of Santo Amaro, presided over the Eucharist in São Paulo (Brazil) in which he recalled that 30 years ago he welcomed the Sodalits in his diocese for the charism of apostolate, especially with young people: “I ask Mary Most Holy to intercede for us so that we may have a heart always open to the Lord.  I pray for the Sodalits so that they may always be that sign of an active presence of God in the world together with the youth”.