​International Conference on the Centrality of Jesus Christ

Parents for Education Foundation (Philippines) in partnership with Smart Catholics (New York) and Parousia Media (Australia) will host an international conference on December 5 to 8, 2020, titled: Jesus-Centered Life: An International Family Conference.

As inspiration, the organizers point to the popes of the new millennium. The “centrality of Jesus Christ” is a recurring theme in the popes’ messages.

St. John Paul II asked the Catholic Church to “start afresh from Christ.” The program for all ages “has at its center Christ himself, who is to be known, loved and imitated,” he said. Pope Benedict XVI wrote three books about Jesus of Nazareth and taught that “everything depends on intimate friendship with Jesus.”

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“Mary accompanied the first steps of the Church in prayer”

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

On our course of catechesis on prayer, today we meet the Virgin Mary as the prayerful woman. The Madonna prayed. When the world still knew nothing of her, when she was a simple girl engaged to a man of the house of David, Mary prayed. We can imagine the young girl of Nazareth wrapped in silence, in continual dialogue with God who would soon entrust her with a mission. She is already full of grace and immaculate from the moment she was conceived; but she knows nothing yet of her surprising and extraordinary vocation and the stormy sea she will have to cross. One thing is certain: Mary belongs to a great host of the humble of heart whom the official historians never include in their books, but with whom God prepared the coming of His Son.

Mary did not autonomously conduct her life: she waits for God to take the reins of her path and guide her where He wants. She is docile, and with her availability she prepares the grand events in which God takes part in the world. The Catechism recalls her constant and caring presence in the benevolent design of the Father throughout the course of Jesus’s life (see CCC, 2617-2618).

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