Schoenstatt is present at the national inauguration of the Year of the Family in Costa Rica
“Amoris Laetitia” is the document that will inspire thousands to deepen their understanding of the value of family ties during this year dedicated to the family
Lisandra Chaves, Communications Schoenstatt Costa Rica
The National Commission for Family Ministry in Costa Rica organized a webinar to officially inaugurate the “Amoris Laetitia Family Year”, declared by Pope Francis to begin on March 19, 2021, on the feast of St. Joseph. The only presentation given was by Father José Luis Correa Lira, national advisor of the Schoenstatt Movement in Costa Rica and Central America. The testimony of faith, as well as the musical entertainment, was provided by the national singer-songwriter, Tony Gazel, member of Schoenstatt’s Family Federation. Schoenstatt’s great work with families by the hand of the Blessed Mother, the MTA, is already well known in Costa Rica.
Father Ronny Solano, Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Family Ministry was the webinar’s moderator and the one who invited Father José Luis Correa to share the topic: “St. Joseph Husband and Father”. Monsignor Manuel Eugenio Salazar, Tilaran’s bishop, presides this commission and was in charge of opening the activities.
Father José Luis Correa focused on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter Patris Corde published for the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. His message spoke about St. Joseph as a model of a husband: just, honest, respectful, hardworking, chaste, loyal, and dedicated to his wife. A man who went through all the trials a husband could go through. Father José Luis exhorted the couples to ask St. Joseph to come to their aid and help them be faithful.
“God had destined Mary as St. Joseph’s bride and wife. In truth, there was no carnal love between them, but as far as possible, due to their spousal state, they were united by an extraordinarily cordial, intimate, tender, and holy love. Two hearts and only one heartbeat! They truly lived in one another. If love entails a consonance of hearts, if the Blessed Mother’s heart felt so deeply for St. Joseph, it is evident that they both loved each other with all their hearts” said Father Correa.
Father José Luis also expressed that “it is in the Holy Family, in that original domestic church, where all the Christian families should look at themselves. As a matter of fact, by God’s mysterious plan, his Son lived there hidden for many years, and it is therefore the prototype and example for all Christian families”.
He continued quoting the Holy Father: “No one is born a father but rather becomes one. And he becomes one not just by bringing a child into the world, but by taking care of him responsibly. Every time someone assumes responsibility for the life of another, he assumes a type of paternity for that person in a certain sense.”
Father Alexandre Awi Melo, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life’s secretary, sent an encouraging message: “Excellent. Congratulations for the presentation and for taking the initiative to inaugurate the Family Year in such a solemn and clear way. A warm embrace and blessings for this year”.
Tony Gazel, a heartfelt member of Schoenstatt was also invited to take part in the webinar together with his wife. They both shared their testimony of faith held by the hand of the Blessed Mother while facing the cross of illness. Tony enlivened the activity with his original songs, especially the one dedicated to St. Joseph. According to him “the lyrics are Pope Francis’ lyrics; I only added the music”. Tony also preached at a retreat given by the Archdiocese’s Family Ministry a few days ago.
If anyone wishes to view this beautiful national activity, it can be watched on Radio Fides Facebook page here. Father José Luis Correa’s talk starts at 15:45 minutes.
Pictures: Schoenstatt International