Youth in Chaco, Argentina: For everything or nothing
On April 2, 3 and 4, in Resistencia City, 48 young people between the ages of 18 and 28 said yes to fully experiencing the spirit of the Holy Week .
28 April 2021
It has been more than ten years since the University Missions Ita Pater ita Mater -Muipim- became an important part of the identity shared by the Feminine and Masculine Youth of the Schoenstatt Family in Chaco, Argentina.
The missions began thanks to the inspiration felt by some youth who took part in the Catholic University Missions in Paraguay. The experience of love, the profound call to the mission and the desire to surrender to the MTA was so great that when they returned, they wanted others to be able to experience that ardor. The name reflects the filial ideal “Yes Father, yes Mother.”
Since the very beginning, this mission has been an entryway for youth while offering them Schoenstatt’s charisma. Thanks to Father Jaime Mora who wanted to lend a hand to the Church and went along with them, more than 10 sites and towns were visited in which harsh realities were encountered in remote and forgotten communities with considerable material and spiritual needs.
The mission is characterized for its simplicity: To live each Holy Week with Christ, with oneself and with your brothers and sisters. To be able to detach oneself and become an instrument.
A strong missionary trend
So far, around 800 missionaries have lived this experience and around 1200 families have been touched by the missions.
This year the missions were held in a very particular way due to the situation we are all facing. On April 2, 3 and 4, in Resistencia, 48 young people between the ages of 18 and 28 said yes to fully experiencing the spirit of the Holy Week.
Guided by God, ignited by the love for Christ, with the yearning to leave traces of mercy and hope in society, the youth were encouraged to live the encounter in times of the pandemic in a camp-like way.
Love for everything or nothing
Throughout those days, they accompanied Jesus in his most sublime surrender to love. They meditated on the inspirational motto that pushed them to live a different Holy Week: “Guided by God, for everything or nothing“. To put oneself at stake, to give oneself generously, to love, with the certainty that God is the one who calls and the one who leads the way.
Father Kentenich used to say: “If God gave us this mission, He has to take care of things, He has to clarify things.“
The whole project was all-or-nothing, each decision implied a leap into the void, from the planning and coordination to experiencing the camp-retreat. Waiting for responses and recommendations from the authorities, adapting the mission format, visiting the picnic areas, etc. Everything up to the last minute was difficult but God took care of opening doors and gave us his paternal love up to the last second.
For Christ there are no half measures
His love is all-or-nothing and calls for the rediscovery of values and applying them to life.
Ita Pater Ita Mater
The missions have witnessed countless miracles of conversion and transformation. From the profound encounter with God, the desire to share is born.
How many hearts have generously allowed themselves to be molded by Him!
The days went by in an atmosphere of prayer, closeness and joy of sharing. It was possible to experience the graces brough about by the daily dedication of many people who through their material and spiritual collaboration were instruments in this experience.
From the Shrine, Mary gives back in graces.
The most beautiful and valuable thing about the great family, the Church, is the bonds of love that know no time, distance, age or borders. All of our offerings are the guarantee and the foundation for the conquest and future construction of our longed-for daughter Shrine.
“Guided by God, for everything or nothing”
Translated by Maribel Acarón