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Teams of our lady

WHO ARE WE ?

An international catholic movement. A christian movement for married couples.

WHAT ARE WE OFFERING ?

A way of life and mutual support among couples. A means to be happy as a couple and as a family. A special way of living the gospel.

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The meeting of the International Leading Team
The next 3 meetings of the International Leading Team:
• October 17-24, 2014 in Paris
• March 10-15, 2015 in Hungary
• Early September 2015 in Rome: before the International College and the International Gathering of Regional Responsible Couples

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International College in Medway, USA

tout le collègeEvery year those who are in positions of responsibility within the Movement across the world meet up in a different country to attend the International College. It is a unique moment, which allows everyone to experience a sense of fraternity that was so dear to Father Caffarel, to share in the life of the Teams and to discuss the priorities chosen by the International Leading Team.
This year, the College was held in Medway, close to Boston in the United States of America from July 20th to 25th. Joseph and Inès Varao, responsible couple for the United States Super-Region, were the organizers of this College that was prayerful, studious but also festive. The kindness of our American hosts profoundly moved us.
The previous week, the International Leading Team had held its third meeting of the year to discuss the various different works in progress and to outline the perspectives for the future.
For many responsible couples and spiritual counsellors, it was a baptism of fire. It was wonderful to see that most of them were young, enthusiastic and forward mTo et Zéoving and looking! As To and Zé Moura Souares, the Responsible Couple of the International Leading Team, highlighted, couples and families need to be encouraged and helped in their spiritual development more than ever today. There were sessions on different subjects incluERI et Evêque de Bostonding sexuality; the evangelic sense of contributing; communication. The wonderful testimonials on ‘The Family as a Source of Hope' were particularly remarkable.
Intense moments of prayer including a night of adoration, beautiful and meditative masses, numerous exchanges between all participants at the various meetings and during meals and a very hospitable opening evening meant that everyone recharged their batteries and returned home extremely happy to serve Christ in the name of the Teams of Our Lady.

As is the custom, every six years the International College is held in Rome. So the next one is planned for Rome and will be followed by a Gathering of Regional Responsible Couples as well as a possible audience with Pope Francis.

 

Thought for Today

Prayer that Takes us Out of Ourselves

Prayer is not a scrupulous introverted analysis of our thoughts and feelings, but it is the attention paid to the presence of personified love and to the invitation to a meeting. Prayer is the presentation of our thoughts to him, who receives them, who sees them in the light of his unconditional love and who reacts to them with divine compassion. The psalmist recites this prayer for us in Psalm 138, "You have searched me, Lord, and you know me". You know when I sit and when I rise." To no longer give in to our thought processes in order to live in communion with love represents a radical conversion of our mental activity.
We gradually move away from ourselves, from our worries, preoccupations and self-gratification to steer all that we know makes us ‘us' towards him who loves us, because we trust that love will make all things new.

Henri Nouwen

 

Calendar

The meeting of the International Leading Team
The next 3 meetings of the International Leading Team:
• October 17-24, 2014 in Paris
• March 10-15, 2015 in Hungary
• Early September 2015 in Rome: before the International College and the International Gathering of Regional Responsible Couples

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