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As we all know, the Holy Father has designated a Year of Mercy to begin on December 8, 2015.
The members of the Spirituality Committee believe that this would be an ideal time for Members of the Federal Association to join together in reflecting on the meaning of this Year of Mercy, especially its meaning for the Order of Malta.
We know that in most of our regions, Members gather regularly – sometimes in parishes, sometimes region-wide, sometimes in other settings. We would encourage those groups to use at least some of these times to reflect together on the Year of Mercy. Even if only part of a meeting can be devoted to such reflection – say, a half hour – this would help unite Members with each other and with the Holy Father. We think it might also show how powerful group reflection and prayer can be.
The committee will be producing a package of materials that can be used by any group. It includes a format, scripture and other reflection materials, and suggested discussion questions. We will distribute electronically six such sets. Although each group that participates may set its own schedule and have as many reflection sessions as it wishes, one suggested approach would be to start in October and November of 2015, to prepare and then begin the year, resume in February (for Lent) and March (for Easter), then continue in September and October of 2016. Topics will include God’s mercy to us, the special meaning of mercy for Members of the Order, the mercy of penance and reconciliation, and the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
There are over 935 Knights and Dames and nearly 60 Federal Association Chaplains in 33 states, the District of Columbia and 3 foreign countries. Most Federal Association Members live in one of the 25 “Hospitaller Regions” nationwide. As membership grew, the Federal Association created regions to facilitate ongoing spiritual and volunteer activities for members. Each region is coordinated by a Regional Hospitaller who is responsible for the organization of membership-related events, Masses, and activities.
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Meeting of senior representatives of Tobruk and Tripoli takes place at Order of Malta Magistral Villa
Rome 8 October 2015 – A meeting organised by British think tank 'Forward Thinking' and the Sovereign Order of Malta took place this morning in Rome, at the Magistral Villa of the Order of Malta. The meeting was held in the presence of two Libyan delegations respectively representing Tobruk and Tripoli.