Perhaps you have seen some articles in German dealing rosaries. Here I will tell you what they are about.
The catholic mission for seafarers Stella Maris in Hamburg collects rosaries to give them to seafarers. In cooperation with the Daughters of Saint Paul SVD-Partner have asked people in Düsseldorf to give unused rosaries for Stella Maris. Up to now many have brought rosaries so two packages have already been sent to Hamburg. The collecting box will be in the sisters‘ bookshop till the end of the year. Everybody likes the idea that the rosary is no longer somewhere in a box but in a seafarer’s praying hand somewhere on the ocean. Maria
Today is the feast of St. Karl Borromäus, the patron of the Catholic Public Libraries (Katholische öffentliche Bücherei KÖB). There are 25 libraries in Düsseldorf and today is their name day, so to speak. It is a good time to mention the many volunteers who are there for many little and grownup bookworms in Düsseldorf. Thank you and good that you are present! Maria
At the beginning of the last century memory cups were very fashionable. They were used on Name Day, First Holy Communion, … on practically every occasion in life. The cup on the card is from my grandfather and was given to him by his little daughter at his name day in 1919. Not only did he hold it in high esteem, but he also used it regularly, not only on his name day, November 3rd, the feast day of St. Hubertus. It withstood the bombing raids during the Second World War and then moved with him to my parents‘ new apartment. As always, it was also his breakfast cup there. For me as a small child, the greatest thing was to have breakfast with him. The best thing about it, of course, was the pampering by Grandpa. Since he could no longer bite the crust of the bread, he cut it off and soaked it in the coffee – of course in this cup. And he also cut off the crust of my bread and soaked it in his cup. What grandpa ate also tasted much better than what I got myself. Mother of course saw it differently, I should chew properly, with the young, strong teeth. For me are many beautiful memories associated with this cup and today it stands on a place of honour in my kitchen. Sophie
In front of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Hamburg a figure of St. Ansgar is placed (9th century*). The figure, about the height of a man, shows the first bishop of Hamburg in his monk’s clothes holding a cross in his hands. The way he does it reminds on the one hand of a pilgrim’s staff and on the other hand of Ansgars‘s commitment to the Christian faith as an offer to the spectator. Ansgar is on the move; he crosses the square but he does not come from the church building and he does not go to it. The church building is on his way, prominent and important, but it is not the place he wants to go to. Rather he wants to meet the people who walk across the square. He does this – and this touched me the most – with a smile: Ansgar, the missionary who brings the Good News to the people with joy. Maria
*The sculpture was created by Karlheinz Oswald and is a gift from the diocese of Mainz to the archdiocese of Hamburg.
Priska, Junia and Phoebe – no idea who that was? Well, it might be the case for many, even if you can read about these women in the New Testament. On 23 October they and other women were the focus of attention at a #himmelsleuchten event of the Katholische Frauengemeinschaft Deutschlands (kfd – Catholic Women’s Association of Germany) at the federal office in Düsseldorf. To make aware how many women are called by name and to find out about these women, those who recognized Jesus as the Messiah and testified to him was exciting and encouraging at the same time. Thank you for this himmelsleuchten and this evening! Maria
It was on its way again: This time the #himmelsleuchten backpack was in Hamburg, not only in the harbour but also in the Mariendom. A visit to the cathedral of the archdiocese of Hamburg is always worth it – not only if you’re travelling with a #himmelsleuchten backpack. More about it soon. Maria
Some thoughts on the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019
A few years ago I bought a new baking tin. In the box was also a recipe for a chocolate cake and seemed to be very good. As I had all ingredients I tried the recipe immediately. After a short time the whole apartment was filled with the wonderful smell of chocolate. Next day I shared the cake with my colleagues in the office and told them enthusiastically about the recipe and the new baking tin. Later I asked myself critically whether I was so enthusiastic about my faith. Of course chocolate cake and faith have nothing in common and cannot be compared. But if I am talking about unimportant things like a chocolate cake why so little about my faith which is so important to me? Since then this chocolate cake has always been an encouragement for me to talk about God and the World and I hope that other people – to stick with the image of a chocolate cake – also get a taste for it. Maria
On Sunday, November 17th, is the 3rd World Day of the Poor. Pope Francis has placed this day under the motto „The hope of the poor shall not perish forever“. SVD-Partners cordially invite you to the international Prayer Bridge on this World Day. Pray together with people all over the world with and for the poor. Those who join in prayer can be seen on the interactive world map on the website of SVD-Partner. Further information, texts and prayers as well as the registration for the world map can be found on the website of SVD-Partner. Maria
Great-grandma and great-grandpa still remember it from their childhood days: Family, friends and acquaintances stopped by to congratulate them on their name day – without any invitation at all. No one had to ask for personal data. Wwho knows the first name knows the name day. The name day is a good opportunity to say to those who are close to your heart: I think of you. I like you. Just give it a try and surprise nice people with a name day greeting! Maria
To the photo: You will find the history to the cups on 3 November on duessel-post.de