Missions in India

India: A huge, enormous country. Where there are more than one thousand two hundred millions of souls of which only a “little flock” – barely touching the two percent – lives in the womb of the Church of Christ, of our Mother Church: “The Mother of all men, because being a mother is to give life, and God, who is the infinite life, stayed in it for us to distribute it with the heart of a Mother and love of the Holy Spirit”, in the words of Mother Trinidad.

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And so, with the same vibration of the Mother Church, as its “Echo in repetition”, Mother Trinidad, through her spiritual children, has wanted to reach also this immense Asian country, to bring the light and the treasure that God has placed in her soul; and that it is all that infinite Life, all that treasure of divine Life which the Church is called to give to all, manifested in wisdom and love.

rrmmTo tell the truth, it is not accurate to say that Mother Trinidad, or her Work of the Church, have gone to India to carry her message. It would be more accurate to say that the Church itself in India, through some of its shepherds, the Bishops, have brought Mother Trinidad to those lands. This is something very beautiful: that young Church, full of hope and missionary strength, which grows at double the rate of the population of the country itself, that Church, because of its shepherds, calls and lovingly welcomes The Work of the Church. And in this way, the “Echo of the Church” will be able to sing her song in India too, to give life to those children of the Church who are called to be missionaries in the middle of a vast multitude of souls who seek the truth and do not have it, and who the Mother Church loves and wants in her womb.

Therefore, for the fourth time in two years, the past month of October, The Work of the Church returned to India in an apostolic mission to comfort, to assist, to love the Church in that country, which is frequently facing big difficulties. Four members of the masculine branches and other four of the feminine branch flew to Jalandhar, the diocese of Mons. Franco Mulakkal, in the state of Punjab, in order to conduct several retreats and encounters. Both, Bishop Franco Mulakkal and Bishop Ivan Pereira, from the neighboring diocese of Jammu-Srinagar, received the members of The Work of the Church with happiness and affection.

The consecrated women of the feminine branch had the opportunity to lead two retreats for the religious of the diocese in the major seminary of Jalandhar and in Amritsar, as they did a year and a half earlier. In an atmosphere of great joy and deep spiritual experience, they were able to communicate once more the wonderful message that, from God, Mother Trinidad brings to all without exception, but in the first place, to consecrated souls.rf

As for the consecrated people and priests from the masculine branches, they conducted a spiritual retreat for the youngsters from the Caritas center of the diocese, helping them to penetrate in a better way the mystery of true love; since true charity is the fruit of the love for God, which grows in us above all in prayer, where Jesus awaits us always in the tabernacle. They also accompanied during some days the four seminarians who are preparing there to get also a day, if God wants it, to the side of Mother Trinidad to help her helping the Church.

The core activities of this fourth mission of The Work of the Church in that young Church were directed precisely to the youth. A good part of the Catholic youth in India still maintains a deep spirit of prayer and seeks God. In the open field of their young souls, the beauty and the depth of the way in which the founder of The Work of the Church presents the mysteries of the faith profoundly touched them, making them penetrate more deeply into the greatness of their being Church. The joy of all these boys and girls overflowed in their eyes and in their words of thanks, while in some of them the flame of a possible vocation of total dedication to the Lord and to His Church began to shine.

After the Diocese of Jalandhar, the mission of The Work of the Church moved more than a thousand and three hundred kilometers toward the south of the country, to the diocese of Ahmedabad. There, the same Archbishop Thomas Macwan, welcomed the missionaries in his own home. Two other bishops were also present: Bishop Oswald 004Lewis, who flew from Jaipur and Bishop Lourdes Daniel, who travelled from Nashik after twelve hours by car. They made such an effort to meet the spiritual children of Mother Trinidad, which demonstrates their sincere appreciation and love for her, and the strong desire they have that this light that God has placed in the Church may reach and enlightens the members of their respective dioceses. There were, in this way, new encounters with young people, with families, with priests…Some of them very committed already in spreading the message of Mother Trinidad.

To sum up, a beautiful planting of light and life of the Church, which is representing to some souls025 also a deeper awareness of their being Church, each one with its vocation and its mission. Seeds of renewal planted in a humble and small but already fertile and promising field. Seeds planted by The Work of the Church, alongside the Shepherds, which has made it possible for a large group of priests, religious, youth, lay people… children of the Church in India, to receive, seize and transmit to others the divine treasure which the Church has in her womb. And now, in our time, God has willed that from the simple soul of Mother Trinidad, by her word and her life, it reaches the whole Church for His glory and for the salvation of souls. To the whole Church. And all souls. Also the Indian, although they are so far away. May God be glorified in all of this.

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God is infinite mercy
who pours himself to us men
at the Incarnation

It is already very close the time in which the Pope will close the Holy Door at the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome, and, with it, this time of grace for the Church and the world which has been the Year of Mercy. A period that the Pope wanted for all to be “a living experience of the closeness of the Father, whose tenderness is almost tangible, so that the faith of every believer may be strengthened and thus testimony to it be ever more effective”.

Driven by the radiant light that God has given and continue to give to the whole Church through the simple and prophetic voice of Mother Trinidad, we have gone on this path of living encounter with the Infinite Mercy of God. The video that we offer you today, is the best way to finish the series of publications which have been helping us to “touch with the hand” of our spirits the unfathomable mystery of the Love of God towards the human misery. Love of God that is given to us as we could never imagine or dream, in the sublime moment of the Incarnation.

 

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‘Souls for God!
Children for His bosom!’

 
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“I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children”.

How clearly these words of Jesus become reality in Mother Trinidad! She, the “Little crazy girl of Jesus”, for being little and simple, knew how to steal the heart of God in such a way that, sitting on the knees of the Father, she was told the most intimate secrets of His Trinitarian life and His acting out. Mysteries that God has made her savour for being Church, strongly encouraging her to communicate it to all men of simple heart and open soul that wish to listen to her.

ecuador-1This was what prompted Mother Trinidad, eighteen years ago, to organize the first trip to Ecuador, following the request of a Bishop. That small nation, privileged in the eyes of God, would be the first of the entire great American continent in receiving the message of the “Echo of the Church”. The diocese of Loja, in southern Ecuador, through its Shepherd , opened their doors wide to The Work of the Church so that priests and religious, in that first trip, were strengthened in their faith.

096After that apostolic trip many more followed, faced with the response of those simple and open people who made reality again that the “small” are those who receive God. Numerous groups of priests, religious, adults, young… throughout these years, in various activities: retreats, meetings and encounters, have been able to discover the beauty of the Church, to deepen in the dogmas and feel the joy of feeling deeply sons of God with all its consequences, with the desire to respond to His immense gifts, living in simplicity and depth the Christian life.

dsc_0053The fruits of that wonderful planting were seen very soon, and the vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life began to arise in many young people, boys and girls who, before the discovery of the “precious pearl” and captivated by the attractive beauty of virginity, left everything behind, their family, their home, their land… everything they had, in order to follow the Lord with courage and generosity, and with the sole desire to help the Church, offering themselves to God for it, along with Mother Trinidad.

votosA few years later, the first ceremony of Temporary Vows of some of those young people would be held in the cathedral of Loja, before the expectant gaze of a large number of faithful who filled the temple up, and of the emotion and gratitude of their parents, who felt more than compensated for their generosity with the gift God was giving them in calling one of their sons or daughters to be only for Him.

dsc05965The same cathedral of Loja would be the scenario, sometime later, of the first priestly ordination of a young Ecuadorian. Little by little and in this simple way the request of Mother Trinidad to the Lord years ago was being fulfilled: “priests, virgins and souls, glory to God!”.

 

In these moments, The Work of the dscn6593Church has a large group of members in Ecuador, priests and entire families who want to live their faith deeply and manifest it through his life and his word, accompanying their apostolic work with much enthusiasm.

Mary, under the title of dsc01145Our Lady Queen of the Swan, typical of that land, accompanied at all times the apostolic work of The Work of the Church and under her mantle covered many of the activities that took place at the foot of its beautiful sanctuary, nestled in the heart of the Andes Mountain Range, between heaven and earth, and granted, as mediator of all graces, great fruits of souls to God.

img_8815To Her we entrust the perseverance of so many members who are surrendering their lives alongside Mother Trinidad in order to help the Church. And we ask Her to continue blessing the apostolic work of The Work of the Church with the sole desire to seek always and only the Glory of God.

 

Warmed up in love theology

 

“Listening to Mother Trinidad in the video, I understood for the first time in my life why God has to be three Persons…!!”.

A mixture of emotion and spiritual joy was perceived In the eyes of the young man who pronounced this sentence; it was not just another comment, made lightly. The projection of that video-talk of Mother Trinidad012A gave an end to a series of meetings organized by The Work of the Church in the parish-sanctuary Claret, within the framework of their Mission in Malabo (Equatorial Guinea). That young African man had been restless for several minutes, containing himself, waiting for a space of silence in order to be able to intervene in the spontaneous circle of friends that had been formed at the end of the event. He couldn’t stand it any longer, he felt full and happy, suddenly interrupted the one who was speaking, “Give me a moment…”, and he let the words escape in droves and breathed satisfied.

The scene took place a few weeks ago in the African island of Bioko, specifically in the city of Malabo, situated at the foot of the Pico Basile, which, from its more than three thousand meters, majestically dominates this beautiful island.

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Almost sixty years before, in March 1959, in Madrid, the young Trinidad de la Santa Madre Iglesia, under the unnoticed but exceptional action of God in her soul, exclaimed:

“It is necessary for theology to be made accessible to all the children of God giving it to them warmed up in love so that they may live in intimacy with the Divine Family”.

And years later:

“The Work of the Church… comes for everyone and to bring up to date, in the warmth of the infinite Wisdom, the warm and living presentation of our very rich dogma. It comes to bring the warm theology, warmed up in love, showing the sparkling face of God, who manifests Himself in the splendorous face of the Great Christ of all ages”.

That is precisely what had occurred in the soul of that young man from Equatorial Guinea: a powerful and clear light; the simple presentation of the mysteries of the faith in loving wisdom; a “tasty” and “warm” presentation of the dogma of our Holy Church… a light that had entered his soul and made him perceive a glimmer of the mystery of the Trinitarian life of his Father God.014-1

The Archbishop of Malabo had discovered years ago the gift that God has placed in the soul of Mother Trinidad for the whole Church. And he wanted to organize at the beginning of the pastoral year in his Diocese what he himself called “a landing” of the Work of the Church in the Archdiocese of Malabo, in order to bring this gift of God to as many people as possible.

During fifteen dense and tight days, a group of nine consecrated members of The Work of the Church, priests and lay men and women, was able to reach all kinds of people: priests, religious men and women, children, young people, adults, singles, married… trying to help everyone to discover more deeply and to savour, through the talks, videos and writings of Mother Trinidad, the richness and the joy of being Church. And the people of Malabo, welcoming, open and simple people, responded with enthusiasm. That little part of the Church in Africa, the only one where the native language of the founder of The Work of the Church –spanish – is spoken, could hear her message directly, without translations, accepting the gift of God with great opening and appreciation.
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It was moving to see those of our brothers so besieged in recent decades by a multitude of protestant sects and groups who settled on the island and try to mislead, asking. The Work of the Church for the light, orientation, doctrine and advice they need to be able to resist and defend themselves against the avalanche of false ideas that are presented to them, trying to remove them from the true flock of Christ.

And in the face of the pain and sadness seeing those who spread there the error and the separation – the majority of them children of the Church in the past – it came to our mind also the clamour of Mother Trinidad by those same days of March 1959:

“It is necessary to present the Church with all her beauty, living the life of the Trinity, of Christ and of Mary through a great charity, to bring back all the separated children who went away from the bosom of this Holy Mother, because we, those who are Church, do not present her to them in all her beauty”.

005-1Simple but vital paths of renewal: to present the Church in all its beauty and splendour; live and make everyone live in wisdom and love the life of our Father God who dwells in the Church precisely to make everyone share His life; to present and make souls savour the greatness of Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church; make them discover the loving presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, that tireless awaits them for love… That was the profound desire and the common commitment of the Archbishop of Malabo and The Work of the Church in so many activities carried on during these days: retreats, meetings, visits, Celebrations… A real mission in the capital of that beautiful central African country which is Equatorial Guinea.

There is a large group of souls there waiting for new visits of The Work of the Church in order to continue receiving that spiritual nourishment: the song of “the Echo of the Church” – this is just what God made Mother Trinidad become from March 1959 – through her offspring, called to help the Pope and the Bishops to do, throughout all times, and in all corners of the earth, the essential Work that Christ entrusted to them.