Apostolic trips
to French speaking countries

Since 2015, the luminous message of loving wisdom that the Lord has put in the soul of Mother Trinidad is also resounding in French. Providence has wanted to open this door that leads to the French-speaking world, to which 272 million people in the five continents belong, and the fruits that this parcel of the vineyard of the Lord has begun to bear are really promising.

The majority of these apostolic trips had its originin the Ad Limina Apostolorum visit, i.e. the visit that all Bishops from all over the world have to make to Rome approximately every five years, to report on the progress of their diocese and to receive guidance from the Pope and his collaborators. The Work of the Church, as it can be seen in more detail in the presentation video, welcomes and accompanies them during those days. For many of them, that contact was the first they had with the life and mission that Mother Trinidad has received from God, but not the last… In fact, a considerable number of them accepted the invitation to attend the retreat called “The Plan of God in the Church”, and then, the surprise caused by the strength and conviction with which Mother Trinidad speaks about the mysteries of the faith turned into desire that this message reach everyone, starting with their own priests.

In this way, numerous requests from Bishops to have a retreat of The Work of the Church for their clergy in their own dioceses began to arrive. Requests that, in its majority, came from that beloved land of mission -and, at the same time, land of a happy and living faith-which is Africa. These requests for retreats would immediately extend to the religious and lay people.

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Mother Trinidad received these requests full of joy! And even more when knowing at first-hand, after each trip, the opening of soul of so many simple people, which allowed the action of God’s grace in them, the understanding of a message that had to overcome obstacles of language and culture, and the profound union with that small “Echo” which is Mother Trinidad, who does no more than repeat the song the Most High sings in His Church!

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It would be endless to narrate each trip, each retreat, every meeting in Cameroon, Benin, Burkina Faso and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But we do want to transcribe some testimonies in order to offer a general overview of this intense and encouraging start:

Cameroon

“The truth is that at the beginning of the retreat I had some prejudices due to the fact that there are many people here who pretend to be a “prophet” overnight, but little by little all of us priests have realized that this comes from God and that is what we and our people need. It has been like rediscovering everything that we had studied in the Seminary, but in such a harmony and depth that made me think during the talks: “Ah, sure… ah, of course… ah, of course!””.

 

Benin

“I want to thank the entire community of The Work of the Church. In Rome, I was the object of a lot of attentions. And the retreat that I attended there gave me a new impetus to contemplate the beauty of the Church. The Plan of God for Humanity lies in His unspeakable love. This experience was like being on Mount Tabor. I would also like to thank them for the beautiful retreat they have given us in our land. My diocese is willing to continue to receive this great spiritual richness. May God protect them all and especially Mother Trinidad”.

Burkina Faso

“What I received during this retreat has been a gift for a new beginning in my spiritual life. I cannot stop pondering the words and phrases of Mother Trinidad every day, and that is why I would like to thank her once more, and thank you as well, who have agreed to make thousands of kilometers in order to share this spiritual treasure; may the Lord give her a long life and to you the strength to travel the whole world”.

D. R. of theCongo

“I feel full of joy at the end of our annual retreat. The priests of the diocese have been able to live the experience that I myself lived in Rome after our Ad Limina Visit in 2014. The retreat that I attended there moved me deeply and changed “something” in my life. It was for me, so to say, a starting point – I had just been ordained Bishop only 3 years before that -. There were things that I already knew, but the way in which Mother Trinidad addressed the issue shook me, woke me up, allowed me to know them even more, and especially personalize what I had heard. This changed the understanding of my life as a Christian, priest and, even more, as a Bishop. It is something very special and I am glad to share it with the priests, who have welcomed it with enthusiasm”.

But not only have the Bishops been missionaries of this knowledge and love for the Holy Church with a touch of simplicity, depth and life. Also some families of The Work of the Church, with their apostolic thrust, have supported the request of God to Mother Trinidad of “¡Go and say it, this is for everyone!”.

In this way, the French-speaking area of Switzerland, and specifically the canton of Vaud, has received in 2016 three apostolic visits of consecrated members and families of The Work of the Church, carrying out activities in parishes, having meetings with laypeople, priests and distributingthe writings of Mother Trinidad during them. All of these activities were very well received, both on the part of French-speaking people and the Spanish-speaking community.

Switzerland

“We are very happy since the Holy Spirit came to visit us and fill us with His love through the visit of some members of The Work of the Church. Thanks to the teachings of Mother Trinidad, which shed light on the mysteries of our Lord, they are bearers of this knowledge, and they spread it in a viral way to those who get in contact with them. I thank Mother Trinidad for having shared her fruitful lights and I pray for her so that her Work of the Church spreads through all the continents”.

In all the dioceses visited to date – in all!Many people have experienced a profound encounter with the Lord, or a true conversion, or a discovery of the rich mysteries that are gathered in the Church: Bishops, priests, religious and lay people; God is for everyone!

 
 

Apostolic and missionary programmes of The Work of the Church

“Iam thirsty…”

How many times it has been engraved in our hearts, as we reverently reread the pages that describe the Passion, these words that Jesus cried out on the cross. But it is very likely that we have never felt in us such a keen sense of surprise as the one pervading the soul of Mother Trinidad and making her exclaim:

“He who is ‘the Fountain of life, the source of water springs welling up to eternal life,’ cries out in heart-rending pain: ‘ I thirst..!’

Jesus, but You, what You can thirst for, because You are the Word of the Father, and You are contemplating face to face His eternal being, and You can live for nothing else – because of the reason for being of Your very person that is to be the Word of God – but only to sing Him and express Him? […]

Jesus feels the thirst for shouting: God …! He feels the thirst for shouting in his human nature, the Infinite Love, that burning in the bosom of the adorable Trinity, leapt unto Mary’s womb so that, from there, could give itself to the Church in a stained-blood Song of eternal love.”

529-02Such answer fills our soul with light. It also evokes the missionary mandate of Jesus to His Apostles, which resonates more strongly, if possible, in this missionary month of October. This month in which the Holy Mother Church invites us to live the thirst of Jesus keeping an eye on what Pope Francis, in his message, has called the “great and immense work of mercy” taken up by the Church: missions.

The thirst for souls, has been and remains a constant in the life of Mother Trinidad, ever since the first request of God, “Go and tell it ! this is for everyone!” in 1959. A request that has forever sealed her soul with the mission of “being Church and make everyone be Church.” In the words of Mother Trinidad in one of her talks:

“Love urges us, the glory of God cannot wait any longer, souls are calling us. Our mission is to sing, to sing; at times ‘between the porch and the altar,’ because that must always be our posture; and after having spent hours of prayer, at other times we will do so in the apostolic works and in direct communication with souls.

I feel a special attraction towards the lands of missions; I feel the need to run, to run and to go where the most helpless souls on earth are, and to sing to them of the riches of our Father God, of Christ, of Mary and of my Holy Church … Those souls who do not know about the Father’s heart, who do not know about God’s heart! they do not know of divine life or of Eternal Love!”

Recently, one of the many Bishops who came to one of our houses to attend the retreat of “The Plan of God in the Church”, expressed directly to Mother Trinidad to be so in tune with her and his agreement in making God’s life known to everyone, which actually had become in him an urgent and most powerful need to commit all his life to the Lord for His glory and the salvation of souls. All this being a result of a great intimacy with the God of the Eucharist, which remains the true source of every missionary impulse.

In recent years – while Mother Trinidad is still alive – the Lord has wanted to begin to fulfil that longing which He Himself imprinted in her soul, thanks to the already numerous apostolic journeys of The Work of the Church to the most diverse parts of the world.4502

In future posts in this blog and all along this month of October, we will keep on sharing with you some of those apostolic journeys through which The Work of the Church responds to the call of Bishops from so many places, asking to cast over their own dioceses the great light of that fire that God has lit through Mother Trinidad, a light that is for everyone in the Church.

This publication is only an introduction that aims to whet your appetite for what comes next. But also, and above this, together with her we want to help you – each and every one of us – to revive that thirst for souls that should turn us all into missionaries by our lives, our words and, above all, by our long periods of prayer spent before Jesus in the Eucharist.

Pray for the fruit of all those trips. Let us be, by taking this path, through prayer and sacrifice, truly committed and effective missionaries, for God’s glory and the good of all souls.

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