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from issue no.09 - 2009


LETTERS FROM THE CONVENTS


DOMINICAN NUNS OF THE CONVENT OF THE MOST HOLY ANNounced
Rome, Italy

30Giorni is an educational magazine

Rome, 16 July 2009

Mr Senator,
We fervently thank you for your generosity in sending your matchless magazine 30Giorni to our Dominican convent.
Your generosity in sending us gratis such a valuable magazine, educational from all points of view, touches us.
I hereby want to assure you of our prayers for you, for your loved ones and for all projects of moral, cultural, and material good that you, Excellency, sustain in Italy and worldwide.
With deference, esteem and religious friendship,
the prioress and the community,

Sister Maria Paola Limoni, OP


DISCALCED CARMELITE NUNS OF SAN JOSE Y SANTA TERESITA CONVENT
Viedma, Argentina

30Giorni for this emerging community

Mar del Plata, 24 September 2009

Dear Mr. Giulio Andreotti, highly respected in Christ,
I write from the convent of Carmelite nuns in Mar del Plata, where the sisters receive with pleasure the magazine 30Giorni that you so generously send as a donation to all contemplative convents.
I wish to ask you to keep us in mind and to send us your magazine also. We are a community of Carmelite nuns in a convent founded two and a half years ago in the city of Viedma, in the province of Río Negro, on the outskirts of Patagonia. We come from the convent of the Discalced Carmelite nuns of the Province of Neuquén. We are eight sisters, two of whom will, next 12 October, the feastday of Our Lady of Pilar, take their solemn vows. We ask prayers for this community that is emerging and has already had the blessing of being visited by Cardinal Bertone on the occasion of the beatification of Blessed Ceferino Namuncurá.
We want to be a tangible sign of God’s presence among our people. We have had a friendly welcome from our brothers in Viedma and the neighboring city of Carmen de Patagones, in the province of Buenos Aires. Many families live in precarious areas, without land ownership and with all sorts of needs different from the central area of greater human development and culture. Our population consists mainly of a large number of young people and children, who are threatened by drug trafficking that is gradually inserting itself.
We thank you already for this opportunity to receive the magazine. Also count on our prayers.
With the joy of meeting you in Christ, receive our greetings,

Sister Maria del Rosario, OCD


SISTERS OF THE CONVENT of the announced
Thiais, France

Qui prie sauve son âme for a gravely sick person

Thiais, 25 August 2009

Dear editorial staff,
Allow me to ask if it would be possible to receive a free copy of Qui prie sauve son âme; it is for a gravely sick person.
I sincerely thank you from my heart in anticipation and please believe my feelings of respect.
In communion with you in prayer,

Sister Marie Adéle


POOR CLARE MONASTERY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Palos Park, Illinois, United States

Many 30Days articles are beautiful and inspiring

Palos Park, 26 August 2009

Peace and blessings!
Dear Mr. Andreotti,
May God reward you for the generous gift of 30Days which we have been receiving for some time now, and have likewise wanted to thank you for your kindness in sending it to us and to so many monasteries around the world as well as to missionaries. We are always happy to read their letters as we support them with our prayers in our contemplative life, doubly so in this Year for Priests.
There have been so many beautiful and inspiring articles, and the latest issue n.5, which we received this month, is extraordinary, with the very beautiful article on our Holy Father’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land at the beginning and the Family portrait, the conversations with the sister of Pope John Paul I. Likewise the special feature with the story of the Curé of Ars for this Year for the Priest and the meeting of our Holy Father with the children.
We would like to know if the book by Stefania Falasca on Pope Luciani has also been published in English. Actually, we do have a sister who can read Italian, if the book is only in that language, but we would love to have the book in English, if available. We would also appreciate receiving the book He chose Twelve, excerpts from which were published in earlier editions of 30Days, and wondered if the book itself was translated into English.
We have also been wanting to ask for sometime for copies of the booklet Who prays is saved for our community. If you could also send a few copies of the booklet in Spanish, we could share them with workmen who come to our monastery to do work, and have not been practicing the faith for some time; often they are seasonal workers who do not speak English and this would be an opportunity for charity and evangelization. May God bless you for all your wonderful work in the Church. We were happy to see your picture from 20 June in this issue with our Holy Father, and to learn of the celebration of your 90th birthday from one of the letters. Congratulations, and may God grant you to celebrate your 100th!
Gratefully, in Mary Immaculate,

Mother M. Teresita PCC, Abbess


POOR CLARES KABINDA CONVENT
Kabinda, Democratic Republic of the Congo

30Jours allows us to participate in the life of the Church through prayer

Kabinda, 20 July 2009

Mister Director,
So far we have received the magazine 30Jours and we still have not thanked you. We would like to sincerely express gratitude to you and have you participate in our appreciation. Thanks to this monthly magazine we are aware of Church events and this allows us to participate actively in the life of the Church and to serve, through our prayer and our contemplation, the whole Church. We regret not having received Qui prie sauve son âme. Could you send us some booklets in order to involve those who come to pray with us? Once again thank you wholeheartedly for this spiritual nourishment that you offer us.
May the Lord protect you,

The Poor Clares of Kabinda


CAMALDOLESIANS OF THE NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LOS ANGELES HERMITAGE
Pregonero, Táchira, Venezuela

30Dias for our hermitage

Pregonero, 6 May 2009

Dear Gentlemen,
On behalf of the hermit monks of the Nuestra Señora de los Angeles hermitage, located in the municipality of Pregonero (in the State of Táchira), I request you, if possible, to grant me a free subscription, in Spanish, to your prestigious magazine.
We are a monastic community of contemplative life and we are building our monastery with the alms we receive regularly from some generous people and institutions around the world.
We express our sincere thanks in advance for your positive response in this regard,

Don José G. Peláez






Spiritual reading/31


“… so that the merit of good works is to be attributed in the first place to the grace of God, and then to the free will of the faithful” The Catechism of the Catholic Church, n.2008

“We do not create what is good – that would be mere moralism – but Truth comes to us. He himself is Truth, Truth in person. Purity happens through dialogue. It begins with the fact that He comes to us – He who is Truth and Love – He takes us by the hand and permeates our being.
Insofar as we allow Him to touch us, insofar as the encounter becomes friendship and love, we ourselves, on the basis of His purity, become pure people and then people who love with His love, people who introduce others to His purity and His love.
Augustine summed all this up in a beautiful saying: ‘Da quod iubes et iube quod vis / Grant what you command, and command what you will’”.

Homily of Pope Benedict XVI Sunday 30 August 2009


Council of Orange of 529. Conclusion of Caesarius Bishop of Arles

“In omni opere bono non nos incipimus / in every good work it is not we who take the initiative”

Hoc etiam secundum fidem catholicam credimus, quod post acceptam per baptismum gratiam omnes baptizati, Christo auxiliante et cooperante, quae ad salutem animae pertinent, possint et debeant, si fideliter laborare voluerint, adimplere. Aliquos vero ad malum divina potestate praedestinatos esse, non solum non credimus, sed etiam, si sunt, qui tantum mali credere velint, cum omni detestatione illis anathema dicimus. Hoc etiam salubriter profitemur et credimus, quod in omni opere bono non nos incipimus, et postea per Dei misericordiam adiuvamur, sed ipse nobis nullis praecedentibus bonis meritis et fidem et amorem sui prius inspirat, ut et baptismi sacramenta fideliter requiramus, et post baptismum cum ipsius adiutorio ea, quae sibi sunt placita, implere possimus. Unde manifestissime credendum est, quod et illius latronis, quem Dominus ad paradisi patriam revocavit (Lc 23, 43), et Cornelii centurionis, ad quem angelus Domini missus est (At 10, 3), et Zachaei, qui ipsum Dominum suscipere meruit (Lc 19, 6), illa tam admirabilis fides non fuit de natura, sed divinae gratiae largitate donata (Denzinger 397).

According to the Catholic faith we also believe that after grace has been received through baptism, all baptized persons have the ability and responsibility, if they desire to labor faithfully, to perform with the aid and cooperation of Christ what is of essential importance in regard to the salvation of their soul. We not only do not believe that any are foreordained to evil by the power of God, but even state with utter abhorrence that if there are those who want to believe so evil a thing, they are anathema. We also believe and confess to our benefit that in every good work it is not we who take the initiative and are then assisted through the mercy of God, but God himself first inspires in us both faith in him and love for him without any previous good works of our own that deserve reward, so that we may both faithfully seek the sacrament of baptism, and after baptism be able by his help to do what is pleasing to him. We must therefore most evidently believe that the praiseworthy faith of the thief whom the Lord called to his home in paradise (Lk 23, 43), and of Cornelius the centurion, to whom the angel of the Lord was sent (Acts 10, 3), and of Zacchaeus, who was worthy to receive the Lord himself (Lk 19, 6), was not a natural endowment but a gift bestowed by God’s grace.






LETTERS FROM THE MISSIONS


FATIMA RETREAT HOUSE
Lewella, Kandy, Sri Lanka

I read 30Giorni with great profit

Lewella, 21 July 2009

Dear Mr. Andreotti,
I don’t remember how many times I thought of writing a few words to thank you for 30Giorni that I regularly receive and to express my gratitude. But you have already forgiven this lack of expression of gratitude of mine and continue to send me the magazine that I read with great profit, often from cover to cover. Thanks... a thousand thanks... God bless you for your work.
If I remember correctly, once you said in the magazine that you were born in 1919. If this date is correct, you follow me at a distance of only six years, since I was born in 1913. I became a Jesuit in 1928 and left Italy for the missions at the end of 1932. For twenty-five years I didn’t see Italy again and my mother never saw me go up to the altar as a priest...
I send you a leaflet that says something about my work that I’ll end this year.
Best wishes for much good. My priestly blessing for you and for your magazine.
Most affectionately in the Lord,

Vito Perniola, SJ


SALESIAN MISSIONARIES
San Salvador, El Salvador

I would like Quien reza se salva

San Salvador, 8 September 2009

Dear Senator,
With this I would like to extend a friendly greeting to you and thank you for the wonderful magazine that I receive punctually and which I always find very interesting because of the topics covered.
Now I ask you the favor of getting me some copies of the booklet Quien reza se salva.
Thank you in advance and I ask the Lord to bless your valuable work and keep you for many years.
With the highest esteem,

Father Emilio Coalova, SDB


DON BOSCO PROVINCIAL HOUSE
Guwahati, Assam, India

Chi prega si salva as a gift for my nephews

Guwahati, 2 September 2009

Dear Mister Director,
Kind greetings from India. I regularly receive the magazine 30Giorni. I really like it and I think it brings a breath of true Christian spirit, updates and a lot of information, that helps one live a truly ecclesial life. In the last number I saw the advertisement for the new edition of Chi prega si salva on the back cover.
I would be pleased if you could send on my behalf six copies of Chi prega si salva, in the large format. I enclose twenty dollars for postage.
I am a missionary in India for seventy years and so I would like to make a gift to some of my nephews in this way...
Thanks in advance. Excuse the inconvenience.
Sincerely,

Don Mario


CATHOLIC STUDENT YOUTH OF THE CONGO
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Qui prie sauve son âme is a help for a good confession

Kinshasa, 23 September 2009

Dear Senator,
We send the most cordial greetings from the Catholic Student Youth of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (JECRDC).
Our movement is an affiliate member of the International Young Catholic Students, the organization known as IYCS, that is recognized as a Catholic organization by the Holy See.
The objectives of IYCS are: stimulating young people to devote themselves to prayer, evangelization and rendering Christian witness as Catholics; enabling young people to speak and engage themselves in their own environment; being witnesses of Christ who offer men peace and reconciliation; animating the temporal order with the Gospel values.
By evangelizing and educating young people (governors) and future leaders, the foundations are laid for a true development of the nation.
Dear Senator, we are writing today to ask you to send us a large number of copies of your publication Qui prie sauve son âme.
We distribute the booklets to the student members of our movement, to strengthen their faith. This publication is an aid for a good confession. Thank you.
May the Risen Jesus reward you with an abundance of His light, to continue to do good in a spirit of faith, hope and love,

Father Pierre Kasongo Ilunga, National coordinator


SALESIANS OF THE KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP
Kakuma, Kenya

Who prays is saved for the refugees

Kakuma, 21 September 2009

Dear Mr. Andreotti,
Greetings to you from the Kakuma Refugee camp in Kenya where we have refugees from Sudan, Somalia, Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda and so on. There are about 50,000 of them now in the camp. And more are coming and many Somalis are being brought from Dadab to Kakuma by the UN.
The Salesians of Don Bosco have a Parish and a technical school for the refugees at Kakuma. Earlier the majority of the refugees were Sudanese. Now their number has come down from a total of 80,000 to about 20,000 or so. The majority now are Somalis. The Sudanese speak English. Congolese, Rwandans and Burundians speak English, Swahili and French.
The Apostolic Nuncio of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania gave me a copy of your book Who Prays is Saved. I would appreciate very much if you could send us for these young refugees some free copies of Who prays is saved in English and a few copies in French. I shall send you more details of the camp later on.
I would also appreciate if you send free copies of 30Giorni in English and French for the sake of the refugees.
With every good wish and prayers,

Father Luke Mulayinkal, SDB, Pastor and Rector


bishop emeritus of concepciÓn
Carrodilla, Mendoza, Argentina

30Giorni brought me great joy

Carrodilla, 12 August 2009

With my greatest esteem.
It is a great pleasure for me to have received your prestigious magazine 30Giorni n. 5, of this current year.
It brought me a great joy and satisfaction because of the articles that were so interesting.
I have no words to express my sincere gratitude and my admiration to you. Spiritually, I support your intentions with my prayers.
I was able to celebrate my eighty-third birthday and thank the Lord Almighty endlessly for his generosity towards me.
I confide to you, esteemed Senator Andreotti, that I can still hear daily the sacramental confessions of pious pilgrims, and this pleases me greatly.
I can’t find words to thank the Lord for all the goodness and mercy that He has for me.
In reconfirming my gratitude and congratulating you on your brilliant review, I take my leave in the love of Christ and the Most Holy Virgin Mary,

Bishop Emeritus Bernardo Witte, OMI


DOMINGO SAVIO PARISH
Asunción, Paraguay

Quien reza se salva for a prayer group

Asunción, 17 September 2009

Dear Senator Giulio Andreotti,
May the grace and peace of the Risen Jesus fill your entire family with material and spiritual graces, so that you can continue to accompany through the magazine, with your writings and information about the Church, this Christian people, so in need of formation. I personally thank you for the magazine, which helps me a lot in my task of evangelizing and the work I do for the diocesan radio. Things here are very expensive and people can not buy them, so the information provided by the magazine is very helpful for everyone. I would also like to thank you for the booklet Quien reza se salva: I distributed it to the youth of the catechism group, to children and pastoral workers, as well as to some priests who take advantage of it because it is very practical. Mr Senator, I would not like to abuse your generosity, but I ask you and your editorial staff if you could make us another gift of Quien reza se salva.
I will tell you, in conclusion, that with a group of young adolescents who received Quien reza se salva, we formed a prayer group that meets on Tuesdays, to pray for all the laity, priests, youth, children, who are trying to make Jesus known. You, your family and the entire editorial department of your magazine, are in our prayers.
Many thanks, only the Father rich in mercy, can reward you for all the good you’re doing through the circulation of the magazine 30Días, in the Church bride of Christ for the salvation of all men.
Many thanks and blessings,

Arnaldo Pavón






LETTERS FROM THE SEMINARIES


SEVASI REGIONAL SEMINARY
Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Our seminarians will benefit from your magazine

Sevasi, 20 July 2009

Dear Sir,
This is to request you to kindly send us a copy of the English edition of 30 Days for our Regional Seminary, here at Sevasi. I am unable to pay for it, as it is difficult to send money from here. If you would kindly give us a free subscription, our seminarians will be able to benefit from your esteemed journal.
Gujarat Vidya Deep is a regional seminary of Gujarat. Students of Gandinagar, Ahmedabad, Baroda and Rajkot and Jesuits and the Carmelites study here; there are also some sisters studying here.
Thanking you in advance,
Yours sincerely,

Joseph Mattam, SJ


MAGDALENA DEL MAR SALESIAN SEMINARY
Lima, Peru

30Giorni to “sentire cum Ecclesia”

Magdalena del Mar, 3 September 2009

Dear Senator Giulio Andreotti,
We receive 30Giorni regularly, because a venerable priest of this Salesian community, Don Eugenio Pennati, has been a long time subscriber.
I cordially thank you because I find the magazine very interesting and useful in order to keep informed about news and issues in the Church and in this way to “sentire cum Ecclesia”.
Now I would also ask of your kindness another favor, if it were possibile: I would like to have a copy of the precious booklet Quien reza se salva, for catechetic use.
To cover expenses, I could accept the Mass intentions that you wish to entrust me. Count on my prayers, may God bless you.
In Christ,
Don Pablo Corante, SDB


BOM JESUS MISSIONARY SEMINARY
Aparecida, São Paulo, Brazil

I would like to trace the article on the motu proprio Ad tuendam fidem

Aparecida, 26 September 2009

Dear Friends
I am a Colombian priest, and serve in the Bom Jesus missionary seminary of the Archdiocese of Aparecida, in Brazil.
In 2006 I came across a copy of the magazine 30Dias in Portuguese which contained an article on the motu proprio Ad tuendam fidem of John Paul II.
The seminary “temporarily” changed residence during the visit of Benedict XVI, who arrived in Aparecida to inaugurate the Fifth Episcopal Conference of the Latin American and Caribbean countries.
Tomorrow, 27 September, there will be the ordination of three new deacons. They have already made – as is tradition – the profession of faith and oath of allegiance. I would like to propose to them a reflection about these acts so that they do not result merely as being the fulfillment of a norm. The issue of 30Dias that I speak of contained an article with an analysis of the motu proprio Ad tuendam fidem. Unfortunately I cannot find it anymore. Could you help me in some way to get it?
I thank you immensely for any help you can give me.
A fraternal embrace,

Francisco Salamanca, MCM




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