ASIA/CHINA - The diocesan Seminary of Beijing opens the Marian Month: "Like Mary, we bring grace and joy freely received to all"

Wednesday, 4 May 2022 seminaries   local churches   marian devotion  

Beijing (Agenzia Fides) - "In this difficult time, let us learn from the Blessed Virgin Mary silent meditation, obedience and joy.... Like Mary, let us trust in the Holy Spirit to guide us in the face of what is incomprehensible to us. .. like Mary, let us bring to all the grace and joy freely received, so that others may also find joy and peace in the Lord": with these exhortations, Fr. Joseph Chen julong, from the diocesan Seminary of Beijing, opened the Marian Month, with a solemn prayer vigil before the statue of the Virgin, on April 30. The prayer was preceded by a spiritual retreat on the theme of "Lectio Divina", in which the seminarians were urged to integrate the Word of God into their daily lives, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. According to information gathered by Fides, during the Marian vigil the rosary was prayed, meditating on the paschal mystery of Jesus. Fr. Joseph Chen invited everyone, priests and seminarians, to join the universal Church in invoking the intercession of Mary for the end of the pandemic and the war, of all wars and conflicts in the world, and above all to pray for the people who suffer in the midst of the pandemic and war. He then invoked the Lord's help so that the world can see and interpret what is happening, with the gaze of Faith. From Christ, "from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, with the proper functioning of each part, brings about the body's growth and builds itself up in love (Eph 4:16). The Seminary of the diocese of Beijing, cradle of vocations, also shows vitality, both spiritual and physical, offering an integral formation. Thus, after the time of intense spirituality, the annual Sports Games were held on May 1 and 2. According to the executive rector of the Seminary, Father Shi Huimin, through sports competitions "we learn to work as a team, to increase mutual trust. In addition to being aware of the importance of physical health, above all we understand that unity and communion are essential". (NZ) (Agenzia Fides, 4/5/2022)