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A breath of fresh air- Pentecost 2020

In the Feast of Pentecost “Air” plays a central role on all symbolisms proposed. Jesus breaths upon his Disciples. Wind fills the room in which the apostles were locked in. They all talk about this air that is being poured in and that fills the emptiness and moves out and replaces death with life, fear with courage, ignorance with knowledge. This act of breathing resonates with the same act of God when he breaths upon the clay that formed man and gave it life. Today we celebrate the new life that is being breathed upon the Apostles and through them to the rest of the Church. Even today The Father still is breathing the Holy Spirit into us so that we may partake in this New Life.

As Catholic Students we are moved by the Holy Spirit so to become this fresh air that gives new life around it. We are to call upon the Holy Spirit so that he may fill our movements and that through them he may bring about this fresh air of life. What makes this air fresh is that it is never still, it is always moving searching for new ways to bring about the Glory of God. The Holy Spirit brought about movement within the Apostles so that the stillness of the enclosed room was converted to a loud proclamation that changed hearths. We are also entrusted with this mission in our High Schools and Universities, that is to bring a change of hearth and breath in new life into all students that we encounter.

Fr. Sergio Fenech

Reflection from the online discussion about the several impacts of Covid-19 on regions in Europe and the Movements of Catholic Students,held on the 16th of May,

We must acknowledge how people are easily affected by an external element no matter how small. A simple virus has stopped the world from its daily routine and impacted economies and the typical social life. This is the fact that we are facing but one should not just simply react and like water find alternate routes to bypass this boulder. We should also find the time to reflect and choose carefully and meaningfully the path we will be moving to bypass this boulder. Possibly also find the means to pass other obstacles that are hindering us or even find a deeper sense of gratitude for the fact that we can move forward.

In the moments of sharing a sense of hope was being transmitted. Even when talking about hardships one could also sense the strength and courage shown towards them. It was true that in facing such hardships many hidden fears may emerge not just of individuals but also of society. These may the take form of prejudices and unjust blame especially when one stumbles in front of his weakness or discover his ineptitude. Flaws and limits in our social structures are discovered. Things that were looked upon as powerful and indestructible structures crawled down. Means on which we based our daily life crumbled. Yet on the other hand other structures started to emerge and new means started to be created. Here we should not just realise the power of adaptability but also the fact that whatever structure we may construct we should always understand its fragility. The reality we are facing today continued to show the unbalance of resources and means, yet also paradoxically how as such these may mean nothing. Interestingly amidst this chaos nonmaterial resources found greater value. Inner talent, relationships, solidarity, prayer, and other resources that are not found in the material world but in the hearts of people. It is true that other structures and means were created but they were directed by different desires then the usual ones. Structures that emphasised connectedness, care, approachability, and search for the transcendent. It was interesting how many things that movements created as an answer to this pandemic were not directed by the need of making the movement felt in society or basic fun factor, but more by the need of coming together, giving voice to each other and finding a new source of strength to face our hardships and challenges. This is truly something to celebrate and cherish. May we also in the future give more credit to such needs rather than others (still do leave some place for fun as this is a good spice in the whole mix ?).

In conclusion now we can understand what we mean by saying to find our means to live in our hearts. May we have experienced charity, solidarity, faith, and hope in these hard times so that we may continue to live them throughout the rest of our life good and bad. May we have also understood the source of such experiences so that when we feel lacking, we may know where to look or better for whom we need to look in our hearts.

May God Bless us and Keep us

Fr Sergio Fenech
European Chaplain

Jeci Miec Online Discussion 16th of May

On Saturday 16th of May, the first online discussion of JECI-MIEC took place. The subject of the discussion was the impact of Covid-19 in the areas, dioceses and National Organisations of the participants.

At the discussion 22 young people participated and experienced intercultural dialogue representing 9 national movements, the European and the International Secretariat Teams.

The European Team thanks every participant for joining this activity and hopes that we have the chance to meet physically very soon!

First online discussion 16/05/2020

JECI-MIEC Online discussion

On Saturday 16th of May at 15:00 CET we invite you to join our online discussion about the impact of Covid-19 in the National Movements.

In order to receive the link of the discussion, please register here:

https://forms.gle/iaVrQq77zHXZnbQv5

We are looking forward to discussing with you!

The Open and Empty Tomb

One of the images proposed to us in the Holy Scriptures during this feast day is the image of the open and empty tomb. This image is of great significance. The closed tomb is one of the symbols of death. Experiencing the moment of the closing of a tomb, especially after the burial of a loved one, is heart breaking. This act truly invokes in us the feeling of finality, the end. Yet as Christians we combine with these moments the image that is given to us, that of the open and empty tomb. The tomb that was also closed but reopened, that had a dead body in it but was there no more. The dead body was given life, The stone that blocked the tomb was removed, so that the story of Jesus Christ could continue. He rose from the dead he ascended into heaven and bestowed his Spirit upon us who believe in him and open our hearths to him. That is what we celebrate today in Easter Sunday.

This year the tomb may take several forms, not just as a vice or a sin that we are struggling with, the tomb today may be our house and the rock this virus that shocked the world to its core. Still what we celebrate today reminds us that everything has an end, and that even if this virus may kill the body, hinder our plans and stops our daily life. It may never hinder people from loving each other, from giving themselves to one another, from humanity to rise in the end of days. There is nothing that can separate us from what God already has given us, that is himself and his whole love. May we pray that even through these hard times, the time that we find ourselves closed in the tomb may we remember that also this tomb will be opened, and this body given back life.

Wish you a Blessed Easter

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

European Committee 2019

From the 22nd to the 24th of November, the European Committee 2019 has been held in Cologne, Germany. Many National movements have participated and they all share an atmosphere of collaboration and committment.

At this committee, there were taken decisions for the next steps of the Coordination and a new European Team has been elected together with a new European Chaplain, fr Sergio Fenech from Malta.

The European Team consists of 4 National Organisations:

MCE Portugal, FUCI Italy, JEC France, EKNE Greece.

In person, MCE is represented by Maria Correia, FUCI is again represented by Anna Miccolis (ET 2019), JEC France by Georg Henkel and EKNE by Eirini Freri who is elected European Coordinator.

The new European Team is looking forward to a year full of work and ideas, with the precious collaboration of the national and international movements, working all together as a network in order to accomplish the purposes of JECI-MIEC.

We express our gratitude to KSJ Germany for the preparations,to all the delegates, to the international teams, and our guests, Johan Vanhove, father Etienne Triaille and Maximilian Niessen for their precious contribution.

The European Teams 2019-2020

European Committee 2019

Summer Week in Portugal cancelled

Dear friends,

due to insuperable organisational obstacles the Summer Week cannot take place unfortunately. We try to relaunch it and clarify our options and possibilities as soon as possible.

We keep you updated!

Summerweek “You are not alone, welcome to our common home”

From 7th to 13th August we are planning to have a Summer Week in Portugal with the title: “You are not alone, welcome to our common home” that is generally about including marginalized groups in society.

The calls for this event are planned to be spread at the beginning of May.

We are looking forward to this event! So save the date!!!

Confession Explained

Dear members,

 

here is a very good video explaining in the most creative and very beautiful way the beauty of the Sacrament of Confession or to give it a more appropriate title Reconciliation.

Enjoy

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