Il progetto, che si svolge a Zamboanga, sull’isola di Mindanao, ha come obiettivo l’accoglienza delle donne vittime della droga e di altre forme di abuso. Per questo, l’associazione cattolica Emmaus vorrebbe avviare dei corsi della durata di una settimana, ripetuti ogni due mesi, per gruppi di circa trenta donne ciascuno riguardanti temi sociali, culturali, psicologici e, soprattutto, spirituali e formativi. Alla fine del corso, le donne saranno incoraggiate a restare presso l’Harmony Village (è il centro presso cui si svolgeranno i corsi), per diventare loro stesse animatrici dei nuovi corsi.
Mercoledì 22 ci sono stati due momenti significativi. Il primo: la Messa nella chiesa di San Francesco Saverio, presieduta da padre Carlo Tinello, superiore regionale per l’Italia, concelebrata da numerosi missionari del Pime e animata dai seminaristi del seminario teologico internazionale di Monza. Al termine della celebrazione – durante la quale sono stati ricordati anche gli altri due martiri del Pime nelle Filippine, i padri Tullio Favali e Fausto Tentorio – c’è stata la donazione al Pime della “Croce del martirio” da parte dell’artista Giovanna Dejua, cugina di padre Carzedda: un gesto simbolico, semplice ma molto bello, sottolineato da commosse parole dell’artista, che era accompagnata dal figlio, Angelo Paletta.
Dopo una cena di condivisione, alle 21, si è tenuta la tavola rotonda dal titolo “Fino alle estreme conseguenze”, nel corso della quale hanno preso la parola i padri Giorgio Licini, Paolo Nicelli e Giulio Mariani, tutti con un passato di missione nelle Filippine. Il tutto è stato introdotto da una video-testimonianza di padre Sebastiano D’Ambra, fondatore di Silsilah, gruppo di dialogo interreligioso a Mindanao, presso il quale aveva operato anche padre Salvatore.
At the PIME Missionary Center of Milan and on the occasion of the Martyrs Day it was remembered the 25th anniversary of the killing of father Salvatore Carzedda, PIME.
Wednesday, 22, in the evening, two were the significant moments. The first: a Holy Mass in the church of San Francesco Saverio, chaired by Father Carlo Tinello, regional superior for Italy, concelebrated by numerous missionaries of PIME, seminarians and animated by the International Theological Seminary of Monza. At the end of the ceremony – during which it was reminded the other two martyrs of PIME in the Philippines, fathers Tullio Favali and Fausto Tentorio – there was the donation to the PIME of the “Cross of Martyrdom” made by the artist Giovanna Dejua, a cousin of father Carzedda, accompanied by her son, Angelo Paletta: a symbolic gesture, simple but very nice, highlighted by touched words.
After sharing dinner it was held a round table lecture entitled “Up to the extreme consequences“, during which speeches were made by fathers Giorgio Licini, Paolo Nicelli and Giulio Mariani, all with a history of mission in the Philippines. Everything has been introduced by a video testimony of Father Sebastiano D’Ambra, founder of Silsilah Interreligious Dialogue a Foundation located in Mindanao, Philippines. Father Salvatore too had worked there.
lFrom January 16 to 20, 2017, Manila welcomed delegates from forty countries for the WACOM4.
The participants from the Philippines and other countries where around five thousand. This big event is part of a growing Catholic devotion and movement well known in the world and “Divine Mercy Chaplet”
In this occasion, the organization also invited Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra, PIME, founder of Silsilah Dialogue Movement and the President of Silsilah, Ms. Aminda Saño, EDC were invited to share their experiences.
Fr. D’Ambra in his reflection started to ask:
“Mercy, where are you?” and continued saying “I am touched by this big event and I am grateful to be with you here to reaffirm the message of mercy and hope in the world in the midst of so much violence and radicalism coming from those who have forgotten the message of Mercy of religions, especially the two major religions of the world: Christianity and Islam.
These religions remind us in different ways the centrality of “mercy and compassion.” I quote here only the Beatitudes of Jesus: “Blessed are the Merciful, for they will find mercy (Mt. 5:7) and the beginning of almost all surah of the Holy Qur’an: “In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.”
Recalling the dramatic experience of Abraham when he prayed to save Sodom and Gomorrah from destruction, we recall how Abraham interceded with God: “If I find fifty just people, can you save these cities?” Afraid that he could not find fifty just people, he bargained with God: “If I find 45…40…30…20…10…” (Gn. 18, 16-33) and God was always ready to share his pardon. Unfortunately, Abraham failed to find even ten just persons there and the two cities were destroyed.
We are here because we believe that today many implore the mercy of God and we hope for a better future. With this spirit, I started my mission in the Philippines forty years ago in Mindanao living in a Muslim village. It was a deep spiritual experience.
To those who ask me if I am still willing to continue, I say that I will continue this mission up to the end of my life. I am convinced that I am called to remain in the mission as a sign of hope.
In a recent gathering of teachers of Basilan, one of them told me that a Muslim student told her: “Ma’am we can kill the Christians” and when the teacher asked who taught him, he answered: “my father.” Well, this is one of the many things that alarm all of us and also good Muslims who do not identify themselves with some radical and violent groups and are ashamed of what is happening now in the name of Islam.
I often say to my good Muslim friends that even the Christians in the past have reached to similar level of “hatred” towards people of other religions and nationalities. Some sectors of the Church in the past have also justified slavery and other forms of violence. Thanks to God we are now in this stage of the life of the Church where we are called to be in dialogue with all, to love all as brothers and sisters.
The Harmony Chain Initiative and the Harmony Prayer that we are sharing with you is a way to communicate this message and to invite people of different religions to be united in meditation and prayer. God listens to those who pray with sincerity of the heart.
Ms. Aminda Saño shared her experience. She has been an active member of the Silsilah Dialogue Movement from 1984 up to now. She emphasized: “The most painful experience for me and Silsilah happened in the night of May 20, 1992 when Fr. Salvatore Carzedda, PIME a companion of Fr. Sebastiano in Siocon and then later became a member of Silsilah, was killed. That occasion was critical for Silsilah and many suggested that we close the movement because this kind of dialogue is dangerous. But I recall a statement of Fr. Salvatore that he told me, “No matter if I’m around or not, “Padayon!” (Move on). This message circulated among us members of Silsilah and now it is our expression and motto that encourages us even in difficult times to move on and encourage others to be in the spirit of love and mercy. This event, for sure, influenced my life and determination to consecrate my life to the mission of Silsilah as a Christian, living the spirituality of Life-in-Dialogue with God, self, others, and creation.
Silsilah through the years has been very visible on the National and International Levels especially because we try to promote the spirituality of Life-in-Dialogue to Muslims, Christians, and people of other living faiths. With this spirit, we are moving in different directions according to the signs of the times.”
Silsilah Dialogue Movement, following a long tradition to send a message to the Muslims on the occasion of Ramadan and to the Christians on the occasion of Advent and Christmas time takes this opportunity to tell the Christians to be strong in this time of history when many Christians around the world suffer for their faith. This is true also in some parts of the Philippines, especially in Mindanao. We know that some Muslim leaders discourage Muslims to join the Christmas celebration. It was not like this before. This is an alarming sign. At the same time good Muslims and Christians suffer from this new radical understanding of relation among Muslims and Christians. It modifies the traditional way to celebrate together and share the joy of a specific religious group. Meanwhile we encourage to celebrate together Christmas and Ramadan in the proper way, we reaffirm that these are occasions to show respect and share the same joy as a sign of friendship, while each one is encouraged to be faithful to his/her faith and beliefs.
The increasing news of attack of Christian places and Christian churches in some areas in the Philippines and in other countries is alarming. Why is this happening? Celebrations are occasions to be more united as Christians and Muslims to show to all that the real relation among Christians and Muslims must be a relation of sincere friendship. We are brothers and sisters in the same humanity, although different in our religions and we are called to be in solidarity in moments of joy and in moments of suffering.
Following the message of Pope Francis we wish to remind the Christians that “Advent is a time to journey and encounter the Lord, not a time to stand still because the Pope Francis says: “Christian faith is not a theory, a philosophy, an idea: it is an encounter with Jesus…”
Pope Francis reminds the Christians: “ We must ask ourselves how we can go forth to meet Jesus. What are the attitudes that I must have in order to encounter the Lord?… I must pray, with vigilance. I must be hardworking in charity – fraternal charity, not only giving alms, no; but being tolerant of the people who annoy me, being tolerant at home of the children when they make too much noise; or of the husband or wife when they are difficult; or the mother-in-law… I don’t know… but tolerant: tolerant… charity, always, but hard-working. And also the joy of praising the Lord: ‘Exulting in joy.’ That is how we must live this journey, this desire to encounter the Lord. To encounter Him in a good way. Not standing still. And we will encounter the Lord”.
But how will the Christians be able to share all these messages if the Advent and the Christmas celebrations are often done in the spirit of the world and not in the real Christian spirit? And how can the Christians communicate this message to the Muslims and to the people of other faiths if the real message of Advent and Christmas is not properly presented?The reality of radical groups, including ISIS, that find followers in Christian and Muslim areas, is an occasion for all of us to make an “examination of conscience” and understand that, maybe, we are in this situation because we have not been able to present the real Christian and Muslim faiths that, in the variety of beliefs, have common points of goodness that can be the starting points to build a peaceful and harmonious society.
It was by chance that two Italian doctor experts in acupuncture, Paola Poli, president of AGOM and Carlo Moiraghi, vice president of AGOM and president of ALMA school of acupuncture in Milan, offered to Silsilah the possibility to serve our people in Zamboanga City for two weeks. They left Zamboanga on August 20, 2016 and now, after a few days, we are happy to share with friends and our readers of OASIS NEWS around the world our reflection and the new challenge that we have taken as a new beginning to serve through the Center for Holistic Health Care (CHHC), one program of the Silsilah Dialogue Movement based in Harmony Village.
For a very touching coincidence we were already planning to develop the acupuncture service through the CHHC by sending some of our staff for a special training outside Zamboanga, and the providence arrived though the two doctors from Italy. The two doctors were our guests in Harmony Village for two weeks. They accepted the challenge to train six of our staff and serve the people of Zamboanga according to our requests. After informing the proper authority of this plan we invited the two doctors with a team of the six staff/members of Silsilah to go to the city jail of Zamboanga where, at present, there are about two thousand five hundred inmates, majority of them men. The Silsilah staff gave on regular basis, three times a week, formation to the inmates. We know the great need for them to be helped and we gave the priority to them. It was a very friendly atmosphere where inmates and security guards availed of the same service together. The doctors and the team were able to serve hundreds of people in the city jail working hard in the spirit of mercy. It was a simple gesture of love and many were cured. The two Italian doctors and the team also served many at the Zamboanga Medical Center, at the City Health and the Center for Holistic Health Care in Harmony Village.
At the end of the experience our team developed confidence and expertise to practice alone the acupuncture and each received a certificate from the two Italian doctors. We also gave the doctors Certificates of Appreciation. The two doctors expressed joy to find in Silsilah a very good atmosphere of friendship expressing their satisfaction of contributing to the training of the Silsilah team which now has the responsibility to continue the mission of acupuncture to serve those in need.
The two doctors were able to visit the areas destroyed by the siege in 2013 in Masepla, Mampang, Paniran extension and St. Catalina/Padayon center. Silsilah is present in all these places offering different programs, including kindergarten education for the Muslim and Christian children.
We gave to the two doctors the opportunity to visit Santa Cruz Island where Silsilah has an elementary school and to meet the mayor of Zamboanga City, Hon. Isabelle Climaco Salazar. The mayor was happy to see them and expressed her gratitude on behalf of the city for the service done to the people of Zamboanga.
One common reflection and commitment during the closing program and sharing with the two doctors was that we now have a responsibility to continue and for us this will be taken as a new beginning going on regular basis in some communities in the spirit of mercy. There are so many who need and this service is an additional one that Silsilah started with the hope that many will benefit and we can train more people to continue this mission. We never stop to explore possibilities to express our mercy to others and in doing this we express our gratitude to God who put in our hearts the desire to serve and to love. This is the dialogue of Silsilah: love for all to build a new society where we can call each other brothers and sisters.
In life, we see beginnings as another opportunity to move forward. For the Silsilah Dialogue Movement, a new beginning is a fresh start to take courage and hope once again. It was but courage to dream that moved this then a small group of people in Zamboanga City to form a movement that sponsored an annual summer course on Muslim-Christian Dialogue – an effort that now has come to its 30th year. It was just a small beginning but a beginning that has spanned three decades of loving mission.
In celebrating the 30th year of the Silsilah Summer Course on Muslim-Christian Dialogue, the movement has launched the program Silsilah School of Mercy. Its theme has captured its very mission: Revisiting the teachings of Christianity and Islam in the Spirit of Mercy. Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra, PIME, believes that it is a sign of the times for both religious and non-religious leaders particularly in the city of Zamboanga, to come together in the spirit of mercy to look for a common ground of understanding amidst the reality of differences between these two religions.
While divisions are caused by many other factors (societal, economic, political, cultural), religious differences are often seen as the main cause. The Silsilah School of Mercy aims to give light on this issue and extend to the wider public the awareness that we, as a society, can go beyond biases and prejudices.
The rationale of this program says: The Silsilah School of Mercy is designed to help Muslim and Christian leaders as well as leaders of other religious groups and different sectors of society in Zamboanga City to know each other better, respect the differences and rediscover that we have the same spiritual aspirations in the spirit of mercy and compassion. The “revisiting” of the basic elements of our religions together in the spirit of dialogue, will help participants to face the challenges of society as brothers and sisters created by the same God.
The program will run for eight Saturdays in the months of August and September this year. It will be held at 1:30 in the afternoon, Grand Astoria Hotel, Zamboanga City. Given the rationale above, Silsilah targets to invite participants, preferably leaders, from different schools, universities, colleges, government and non-government offices in Zamboanga City
Continua la festa ad Aci Trezza. Dopo il 40° anniversario di sacerdozio festeggiato da don Salvatore Coco, parroco dal 1992 al 2001, le comunità parrocchiali trezzote vivranno infatti un altro momento giubilare e di ringraziamento al Signore per i 50 anni di presbiterato di don Sebastiano D’Ambra.
Figlio di Trezza, don Sebastiano, è stato ordinato il 25 giugno 1966 nella chiesa madre del borgo marinaro quando ancora a quei tempi non si svolgeva la seconda giornata di festeggiamenti in onore di San Giovanni Battista così come accade dai primi anni ’70 ad oggi.
Proprio per questa concomitanza la santa messa di giubilo, per il traguardo raggiunto, si terrà domani domenica 26 giugno alle 19, quando il missionario del Pime presiederà la celebrazione alla presenza del parroco don Giovanni Mammino e dei confratelli del Pime di Mascalucia.
Da oltre quarant’anni padre Sebastiano D’Ambra vive nelle Filippine, a Mindanao, dove il 9 maggio 1984 giorno del suo compleanno fonda il movimento “Sisilah” per costruire il dialogo tra i credenti che in quell’area sono cattolici, musulmani e buddhisti.
Nonostante ciò il sacerdote non ha mai dimenticato le sue origini trezzote e, ogni volta che può, ritorna ad Aci Trezza per ritrovare i familiari, gli amici e i tanti fedeli che in questi lunghi anni di ministero lo hanno conosciuto e stimato.
Sempre domani, nell’ambito del programma dei festeggiamenti in onore del patrono, la Commissione festeggiamenti si recherà a San Giovanni Montebello, per partecipare alla Santa Messa ed alla processione del simulacro di San Giovanni Battista protettore della frazione del comune di Giarre
The Media Center of the Silsilah Dialogue Movement broke into shouts of jubilation early this week when an email came in informing Silsilah that it had won First Prize in the World Interfaith Harmony Week 2014. H.M King Abdullah II of Jordan sponsors the annual WIHW Prize.
The email was sent by Mr. Aftab Ahmed, Office Director of the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, and one of the judges for the contest. The web site of the WIHW says that “The prizes will be awarded to those events or texts that are judged to have been most successful in promoting interfaith harmony, and impacting religious understanding. “The United Nations Interfaith Harmony Partners of Zamboanga headed by the Silsilah Dialogue Movement has been spearheading the celebration of the WIHW in Zamboanga City since 2012. The annual celebration is in response to a UN General Assembly Resolution setting aside the first week of February of every year for various activities to promote interfaith harmony. Interfaith Harmony week promotes the use for dialogue among different faiths and religions and their contribution for peace in the world. It encourages the spread of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship. The celebration is based on the love of God and love of one’s neighbor according to their own religious traditions and convictions. The honor comes on the heels of a period of unstable peace and order in Zamboanga City especially the siege on September 9, 2013 by the MNLF Misuari faction which left the city with thousands of evacuees that continue to be a problem to the city government. This year’s events were largely planned by Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra, Founder of Silsilah and implemented by the Silsilah Media Office in coordination and collaboration with groups that make up the UN Interfaith Harmony Partners-Zamboanga with the Silsilah secretariat headed by Professor Alih Aiyub. The prizes will be awarded in Amman, Jordan next month.
|Silsilah Dialogue Movement in the Philippines to Receive the 2013 Goi Peace Award|
The Goi Peace Foundation will bestow the 2013 Goi Peace Award on the Silsilah Dialogue Movement, a grassroots initiative promoting interfaith dialogue and peace in the Philippines.
The annual Goi Peace Award honors individuals and organizations in various fields that have made outstanding contributions toward the realization of a peaceful and harmonious world for humanity and all life on earth. Created in 2000, previous Goi Peace Award recipients include James Lovelock, Oscar Arias, Bill Gates, Deepak Chopra and Helena Norberg-Hodge.
On behalf of the Silsilah Dialogue Movement, Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra, PIME, will receive the award at a ceremony during the Goi Peace Foundation Forum 2013 to be held at Nikkei Hall in Tokyo on November 27, 2013.
The selection committee has chosen the Silsilah Dialogue Movement for the Goi Peace Award “in recognition of its many years of commitment to promote dialogue for peace and solidarity among Muslims and Christians in the Philippines. The dedicated efforts of the members of the movement have not only advanced the process towards lasting peace in their communities, but have inspired many people around the world with an example of true dialogue based on spirituality.”
The Silsilah Dialogue Movement was officially founded in 1984 in Zamboanga City, Philippines by an Italian missionary Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra, PIME, born out of his experience of violence and war in the 70’s while on his first Philippine mission in Mindanao.
Starting off with a group of Muslim and Christian friends joining Fr. D’Ambra in a dialogue, the movement has steadily grown on the grassroots level and has been involved actively and dynamically in fostering interfaith harmony and reconciliation in the Philippines for almost 30 years. Despite adversities such as the killing of its members, the movement has contributed significantly to building a culture of dialogue over the years, leading to the recent signing of the Framework Agreement for peace in Mindanao between the Philippine government and the Moro National Liberation Front.
Silsilah is an Arabic word which literally means “chain” or “link”. As used by the Sufis (Muslim mystics), it describes a process of attaining an experience of the Divine. It also implies spiritual linkage of humanity as created by the same God. The movement proposes a “life-in-dialogue,” which encompasses dialogue with God, with self, with others and with creation. It encourages all people to undergo a process of personal transformation that leads to a social transformation.
Silsilah offers various educational courses, seminars, training activities and exposure-immersion programs, reaching out to all sectors of society, including educators, youth, media, leaders, and the disadvantaged. Its initiatives not only focus on interfaith dialogue, but also on sustainable agriculture, environmental advocacy, holistic healthcare and a wide range of community services.
Among the thousands of Muslim and Christian alumni who have participated in these programs, many of them are active in governments, NGOs, schools, religious communities and parishes. There are currently 18 Silsilah Forums formed by alumni and friends of the movement that are promoting the culture of dialogue and peace in different areas in the Philippines and beyond.
For more information about the Silsilah Dialogue Movement, please visit: www.silsilahdialogue.com
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di padre Sebastiano D´Ambra
Sono passati vent’anni dalla sera del 20 maggio 1992, quando la vita di padre Salvatore Carzedda, missionario del Pime nelle Filippine, fu stroncata da alcuni colpi di arma da fuoco. Lo ricorda un confratello, anche lui impegnato in prima persona nel dialogo tra cristiani e musulmani.
Ricordo sempre quello che zia Peppa di Bitti (paese d’origine di padre Carzedda, in provincia di Nuoro, ndr) mi diceva parlando di padre Battore (il nome con cui padre Salvatore è conosciuto a Bitti): «Io parlo con Battore: se sono stanca, gli chiedo di aiutarmi, e lui mi aiuta….». Questa è la fede semplice e genuina di una grande donna di Bitti, parente di padre Salvatore. E noi, come lo ricordiamo?
Io ho avuto la fortuna di conoscerlo molto bene. Eravamo veramente amici. Amici capaci di discutere su un argomento e avere opinioni diverse, ma alla fine amici veri, pronti a dare la vita l’uno per l’altro. A vent’anni dalla sua morte io sono ancora qui a Zamboanga, dove ho vissuto insieme a padre Salvatore gli ultimi due anni prima del suo martirio. Quasi ogni giorno passo dalla strada dove è stato ucciso o mi apparto nella cappella dove c’è una sua foto e mi ritrovo a pregare come zia Peppa: «Battore aiutami tu…», specialmente quando i problemi aumentano e alcune minacce si fanno più pressanti.
Ultimamente un amico mi ha raccontato alcuni particolari di quel 20 maggio 1992 alle ore 20, quando Salvatore e io ci siamo lasciati, lui è salito in macchina e lungo la strada è stato ucciso. Mi è stato detto che alcuni uomini ci avevano seguito e ci avevano visto parlare insieme. Ci sono cose che io stesso ancora non capisco. Perché il Signore ha permesso che lui fosse la vittima?
È un’esperienza difficile da descrivere, ma quando è vissuta diventa liberante. Essere liberi di fare la volontà di Dio nel posto in cui il Signore ci mette è la cosa più liberante e dà pace. Questa esperienza l’ho acquisita gradualmente, grazie anche all’amicizia con Salvatore e al suo martirio.
Oggi la Chiesa e i cristiani sono perseguitati in diverse parti del mondo. Perché? Spesso ho pensato alle Beatitudini. L’ultima Beatitudine proclamata nel Vangelo di Matteo al capitolo cinque dice: «Beati voi quando vi insulteranno, vi perseguiteranno e, mentendo, diranno ogni sorta di male contro di voi per causa mia…». La sofferenza diventa maggiore quando persecuzioni e insulti arrivano da coloro che dovrebbero capirci perché abbiamo la stessa cultura e religione, lo stesso Gesù Cristo, lo stesso messaggio di amore e di perdono. È quello che sta succedendo all’interno della Chiesa e delle nostre comunità. E allora, perché ci meravigliamo della persecuzione da parte di chi ha un’altra cultura e religione? Spero che il ventesimo anniversario del martirio di padre Salvatore ci trovi pronti a riprendere il nostro cammino cristiano con la certezza che il Signore non ci abbandona.
February 8, 1987 to February 8, 2012 – a span of 25 years since the establishment of the Emmaus Dialogue Community (EDC).The 25th Anniversary of its founding was an occasion for the EDC to express gratitude to the Archdiocese of Zamboanga for welcoming them as an official lay association in the Church. The archbishops of Zamboanga- the late Msgr. Francisco Cruses, Msgr. Carmelo DF Morelos and Msgr. Romulo G. Valles –over the years encouraged and supported the promotion of the EDC mission and vocation as an important sign of the times in the Church today. Gratitude is also felt to the people of Sta. Catalina, a community of Muslim and Christian families, where the EDC started 25 years ago and where its house continues to this day.
The Emmaus Dialogue Community is a group of consecrated Christian lay women, who dedicate their lives for the mission of dialogue and peace. They take inspiration from the Biblical story of the two disciples who walked with Jesus on the road to Emmaus; their hearts were burning after they recognized Jesus at the breaking of the bread. The EDC take the Beatitudes as their Rule of Life. The 25th anniversary was also the occasion for the Renewal of Vows of Commitment of the Emmaus Dialogue Community member sand the Renewal of Commitment by the Emmaus Circle.
The Emmaus Circle is a group of Catholic lay, men and women, married or single, who live in their respective families but who commit themselves to follow the spirit and mission of the Emmaus Dialogue Community. The formation and mission of the Emmaus Dialogue Community and Emmaus Circle members are significant realities, gifts to the Silsilah Dialogue Movement and the Catholic Church. Each one is invited and encouraged to share, reflect, deepen and be enriched in the Emmaus Spiritual Journey to “open the eyes” and to be able to see the internal and external things in a new perspective and to live a transformed life for God and His Will all.
Together as Emmaus Family, the Emmaus Dialogue Community and Emmaus Circle are challenged to witness through their life God’s providential presence and of being a sign of the times as lay people in the church in their own “road to Emmaus” who are called to move with love and compassion and to witness to the love of God and the love of neighbor guided by the Beatitudes of Jesus. This is a special spiritual journey for the members of Emmaus Family.