After more than two months of silence we went back to the "home" of Our Mother, Stella Maris. This time, we are not part of any Youth Weekends anymore. Andi is abroad for a month of exams, Father Gianni has been here alone, with Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. That might seem sad: a place with empty rooms, cold and abandoned. The reality, however, is totally different. We had a such joyful weekend, without any arrangement and stress, young and energetic people gathered together in good will. Hey! Welcome to the New Stella Maris!
After having lunch together, we had a short sharing moment. After the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, we “chewed over” Sunday’s reading together in Lectio Divina. What a delicious spiritual food that Jesus prepared for us through St. Paul. The Body of Christ and us, all we should do is to listen our Father.
Welcome to 5&2, our new blog. We are young Catholics (young in age and in being a Catholic) around Finland. We would like to write down what we see and experience in the Catholic Church here.
Then, maybe you would ask, what does 5&2 mean? We invite you to reflect on it and meditate before reading the next paragraph.
Did any passage from the Bible come to you? Yes, the passage of 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. Do you remember who offered the food to Jesus? A boy (John 6:9). Finally, Jesus fed 5,000 people with “limited” resources. We found some similarity of our Catholic Church in this country with this passage. Our resources are limited, sometimes we don't have enough material, priest, parishes... Therefore, we would like to offer Our Lord, the limited resources that we have to let Him multiply and feed us.
Another passage is related to when Jesus gathered the first disciples and started his ministers in Galilee (Mark 1:16). Do you remember how many disciples were there? 4, Peter, Andrew, James and John. That’s also the explanation of the 5. After that, Jesus went to a synagogue in Capernaum and cured a man with unclean spirit. Jesus makes a difference between the Good and the Bad, the light side and the dark side. There is nothing between this two sides, we should choose in order to have our unity of life. There is the meaning of 2. (Reflections from catechesis of Bishop Teemu and Father Gianni)
So here is our blog, 5&2. With all our wishes and hopes to see the growth of our Church in Finland. If you want to write a post, please don't hesitate to write us and share your experiences, testimonies with all people around the world (preferably in English).
About the author
Yiran, or Maria Micaela. Born in China as a Protestant Christian but baptised in Spain (2015), being the only Catholic in the family. I came to Turku as an Erasmus exchange student and I stayed for my MSc studies. I'm also a participant of the Youth Weekends at Stella Maris.
Cooking, running and photography are my hobbies.
This is a blog about being young and Catholic in Finland.
Yiran, or Maria Micaela. Born in China but baptised in Spain (2015), student in Turku. Participant of the Youth Weekends at Stella Maris. Cooking, running and photography are my hobbies.