National Assembly of the Hungarian Lay Dominicans

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National Assembly of the Hungarian Lay Dominicans
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The Hungarian Lay Dominican fraternities had their national assembly on 13 May in Budapest, in the former Dominican church that is dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. Not every fraternity could send a representative because of the many other program of the feast of Fatima. Lay Dominican Nikolett Murányi made a chronicle.

‘They celebrated the Fatima centenary with praying the rosary in a solemn way, with readings about the apparition of the Virgin Mary in Fatima through the decades. Mass was celebrated by Fr. Bertalan Szabo, promoter of the Laity in Hungary. He talked in his homily about the the meaning of Fatima in context with the Gospel. He mentioned that Pope Francis was in Fatima on that day and he announced the canonization of Jacinta and Francis, two of the three children to whom Our Lady of the Rosary appeared in Fatima. These children were mentioned in the prayers during Mass as saints. After the Eucharist the programme continued in the parish house with a presentation about the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary, in connection with the apparition of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary to a Hungarian woman, Mrs. Elisabeth Kindelmann, between 1961 and 1983. She wrote a diary, which has been published already in many languages, and is popular in many countries in different parts of the world, e.g.: Canada, Germany, Brazil, Poland, the USA, India, Africa.

The presentation drew the attention of the Lay Dominicans to the point that this Diary shows that our God is a living God, who is with us, among us. Based on the Diary a spiritual movement was born that is alive in several countries.

In 2009 Cardinal Peter Erdo, Archbishop of Hungary, approved the movement in his diocese, as many other bishops did in their own dioceses. Cardinal Erdo ordered a deep theological examination of the Diary before giving his approval. For this reason a theological dissertation was written in 2009, and this dissertation was the topic of the current presentation to the national assembly. The Flame of Love has its own place in the series of Marian apparitions in the 19th-20th centuries (Lourdes, Fatima, Sr. Faustina’s diary)

The central message of Mrs. Kindelmann’s Diary is to save souls from the fires of hell by prayers, by fasting, by vigils – as requested by Virgin Mary, who gives us Jesus Christ, who is himself the Flame of Love, coming from her Immaculate Heart. All of this is in harmony with Dominican spirituality. One of the Hungarian friars, Fr. Domonkos Meszaros OP, takes an active part on an international level in the Flame of Love Movement. Finally a testimony was made, that showed that the Flame of Love lives among us: Jesus Christ, the Living Love is with us.

There is a short prayer given by Virgin Mary to Mrs. Kindelmann as follows: ’From now on, any time you pray to me, add the following: Mother of God, spread the effect of grace of your Flame of Love over all of humanity, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.” With this prayer, you will blind Satan.’

The assembly concluded with an agapé, with fraternal discussions.’

 

(27 May 2017)