Federation of Families: meetings, support and technologies even in the pandemic
From Costa Rica they share the experience of the Federation of Families in the midst of the world crisis by COVID19. With creativity and thanks to the new technologies they have been able to give answers to the marriages nurturing the faith and the mission.
By Jimena Ciuró.
The global pandemic has changed the routine and daily life of families. Social life has been transformed from personal encounters, with hugs and endless talks to Meet or Zoom meetings with the comfort of doing it from home, but with the impersonality of the screen and playing a battle against the good or bad signal of wi-fi. In this very particular scenario, the Apostolic Federation of Families continues to move forward and even in spite of the quarantine and against the odds; couples are betting on maintaining their bonds, forming communities and living spirituality “in this new normality”.
“For the Federation of Families of Costa Rica the pandemic has had a double meaning, on the one hand tensions and challenges and on the other opportunities and achievements. In both the creative tensions have arisen and the hope and trust in God and our Mother feeds our faith and our mission,” said Catalina Hütt, referent of the Federation of Families of the mentioned country.
“The present times call us to innovation, adaptation and creativity and so from the Federation of Families we organize an annual retreat with a combination of present and virtual participation of its members. A limited number of couples were able to attend the retreat at the movement’s headquarters, while others were able to take advantage of it simultaneously from their homes. We shared the talks of Father José Luis Correa and Sister María Auxiliadora Bohórquez. We were also accompanied by five couples who have already been accepted to the Federation and are waiting for the formation of the future new courses,” said Marisol Lara, also a member of the branch. “Technology has been the answer to continue our training in a virtual way by holding meetings, conferences and retreats,” added Richard Hütt.
The formation of charisma, the knowledge of new tools to be able to go through these times and share experiences from the family environment; are key for the couples of the Federation. “The pandemic has separated us, disconnected us but simultaneously reconnected us as a family and did not stop us. We look forward to incorporating in our lives, visitations to our Mother in the Shrine. We believe that as children of war, the pandemic will only strengthen our mission,” Catalina concluded.
Young couples begin their journey in Schoenstatt
Also from the family work in Costa Rica they shared the joy of the beginning of new groups of young couples. “Although at the beginning there was uncertainty about starting in times of confinement, we were encouraged by the voices of the times and the practical faith in divine providence, understanding that it is precisely in difficult times that we must accompany young couples more, so that they may be strengthened and continue to grow in love, even in adversity,” they said.
“The creative result has confirmed us that fertility is possible in the pandemic, these groups have been consolidated with great participation and enthusiasm of the couples in their meetings and in the activities that have been organized thinking of their interests and needs,” they pointed out.
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