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“Herederos de un carisma, abiertos al dinamismo del Espíritu”

El día 1 de octubre la Presidenta de la Fraternidad Misionera Verbum
Dei, Lucía Herrerías, ha firmado la carta Convocatoria del V
Congreso General de la Fraternidad Misionera Verbum Dei. El lema que
se ha elegido hace referencia al paso de Jaime Bonet, nuestro
Fundador, a la convivencia eterna con la Trinidad y María. El Espíritu
Santo por medio suyo nos ha regalado un carisma que recibimos como una
herencia y “se nos confía la tarea de continuarlo, de vivirlo y
transmitirlo”. El Congreso General tendrá lugar en Loeches (Madrid,
España) del 8 al 28 de septiembre de 2018.

El lema nos pide estar “abiertos al Espíritu” porque, como Jaime decía
en el Breve Ideario, “es normal que la vivencia evangélica avive
reciamente en los corazones el aire impetuoso de una Iglesia
naciente”. El Congreso es una oportunidad de revisar nuestra vivencia
del carisma porque ayuda a buscar “nuevos métodos y diferentes

Lucía Herrerías dice en la carta: “El fallecimiento de Jaime nos está
dando una renovada conciencia de nuestra tarea histórica: ser fieles
al carisma” para “custodiarlo […] reinterpretarlo y aplicarlo”. El
Congreso que se acaba de convocar es un paso importante en la tarea de
consolidación y expansión del carisma para toda la Familia Misionera
Verbum Dei.

Ya desde este momento han comenzado los preparativos para el mismo con
la convocatoria de las elecciones y de los documentos que serán objeto
de estudio.

Por este es muy importante la preparación espiritual y que todo el
Verbum Dei nos unamos en la oración y en la misión para que el
Congreso General sea de mucho fruto.


20 anniversary of Verbum Dei in Singapore

We are happy to share with you our Enewsletter. We celebrated our 20 anniversary of Verbum Dei in Singapore on 12th September. We give thanks to God for His faithfulness.

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Spiritual reflection for day against human trafficking By Fr James McTavish, Verbum Dei missionaries, Manila

 “Freedom is possible – if only we would try …” 

There is a well-known film called “Braveheart.” It is set in Scotland and the main character, a warrior named William Wallace, has a famous battle cry “Freedom!” This is a desire in all human hearts, to be free. However, the reality today is that many are not free. We have more people now in slavery than ever before in human history. This is the reality of human trafficking, which is a form of “modern slavery.” Are you aware of the number of persons estimated to be trafficked each year? It is estimated that 36 million people were trafficked in 2016. Human trafficking is now a 32 billion dollar industry, running third behind arms and drug trafficking. Fifty-one percent of the victims are women, 21 percent are men, 20 percent girls and 8 percent boys.” (Source: see Archbishop Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, Address to “The Holy See and the Fight Against Human Trafficking,” Inaugural Lecture of the Casamarca Foundation Chair in Migration and Globalization at Fordham University, Flom Auditorium, Walsh Library, Fordham University, Bronx, February 23., 2017).

For women victims of trafficking, seventy-two percent of them are trafficked for sexual exploitation. This would mean that globally approximately 13 million women are sex trafficked annually. So many are not free! But perhaps we can think this reality has nothing to do with us, or that it is such a big problem that we cannot do anything. How wrong this thinking would be as Pope Francis reminds us:

I have always been distressed at the lot of those who are victims of various kinds of human trafficking. How I wish that all of us would hear God’s cry: “Where is your brother?” (Gen 4:9). Where is your brother or sister who is enslaved? Where is the brother and sister whom you are killing each day in clandestine warehouses, in rings of prostitution, in children used for begging, in exploiting undocumented labour. Let us not look the other way. There is greater complicity than we think. The issue involves everyone! This infamous network of crime is now well established in our cities, and many people have blood on their hands as a result of their comfortable and silent complicity. (Source: Pope Francis, Evangelii gaudium, no. 211)

I remember an experience of outreach on the streets of Manila with an NGO working against sex trafficking and prostitution. We met some young women who were selling their body to make ends meet. We approached them, talked to them and listened to them. We handed them a small card with various passages from the Word of God on them. One woman read the words of Isaiah 54:10 on her card and started to cry: “Though the mountains may crumble and the hills be shaken, my love for you will never fail.” I saw that they were so hungry for the Word of God that they were happy to eat “the crumbs falling from the table” (see Mark 7:28). One teenage girl, who I found out was only 14years old, had her young baby lying on a sheet of cardboard on the ground. It was Christmas time, and the streets were full of gleeful shoppers, with the latest bargains stuffed under their arms. I was struck listening to the Yuletide songs blaring out over the loudspeakers with the lyrics “Christ our Savior is born, Christ our Savior is born.” As I gazed upon the little baby on the ground, I realized that this year baby Jesus was not going to be born in the mall or in a comfortable manger in a house; instead, he was lying there on the street, sleeping soundly in his cardboard manger and worthy of all my love and attention.

We should not forget the customers, usually men (many of whom may frequent our Churches and worship services), who buy the body of another for sexual purposes. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, referring to those who buy the body of another, declares “the one who pays sins gravely against himself:

he violates the chastity to which his Baptism pledged him and defiles his body, the temple of the Holy Spirit” (Source: Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2355). These men are also enslaved as the Word of God explains: “they themselves are slaves of corruption, for a person is a slave of whatever overcomes him” (2 Peter 2:19).

Once I asked an NGO worker who is in the front lines against sex trafficking if the problem of the demand for sexual services was growing. She replied “Certainly, the demand side is growing and many more men are buying sex.” I asked her why. She explained with an incisive statement that still rings in my ears today: “Pornography is the theory, and prostitution is the practice.” Engaging in the viewing of pornography is already a form of collaboration with the wrong of sex trafficking and prostitution. Often it leads to overpowering desires that are acted out.

So we should not be afraid to announce the beauty of chastity! It seems like a dirty word today, out of fashion, and apparently not trending! We can understand chastity as pure love. Jesus boldly announced, “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). The Catechism defines chastity as “the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being … The virtue of chastity therefore involves the integrity of the person and the integrality of the gift (Source: Catechism of the Catholic church, no. 2337). Wow sounds awesome. Give me some more of that. A chaste heart is a free one! Christ desires to give us that freedom – “for freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1)

So come one let’s do something! As we hear in the prophet Isaiah: “Learn to do right, seek justice, defend the oppressed” (Isaiah 1:17). There is a lot we can be doing – praying, advocating and volunteering for a start. We know that Jesus himself was not ashamed to associate with women in difficult circumstances. He frequently stepped in to defend and save them (see Luke 7:36-50 & John 8:1-11). Jesus even provoked the chief priests and the elders of the people by announcing “Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you” (Matthew 21:31). He will say the same to us if we continue to sit by idly doing nothing! So let’s take a stand for the millions of people still trapped in slavery! St James said it only takes a spark to set a forest on fire! (See James 3:5).

A Jesuit priest called Fr Reuter was asked to write the foreword of a book that deals with prostitution and human trafficking in the Philippines. He wrote the following: A foreigner came to our country. Then, as so many foreigners cheerfully do, he published his first deep impressions. The last sentence of his article was sad. He said: “The tragedy of the Philippines is this: in one of the world’s loveliest countries, some of the world’s most beautiful girls are being sold for money to some of the world’s ugliest men.” (Source: Fr James B. Reuter, “Foreword,” in Mary Soledad L. Perpiñan, From Darkness to Light—Success Stories of Survivors of Incest, Rape and the Sex Trade (TW-MAE-W, Quezon City: 2008). He lamented that ““when our beautiful girls are sold for money, the great rank and file of our people do not move.” The appeal once made by Fr. Reuter still rings powerfully in my ears – “Each of us has an obligation, in conscience, to reach out to our people, to those who are in need. The poor girl trapped in prostitution is [at] the bottom of the barrel—the one most desperately in need. Each of us can do something! If only we would try!” (Source: Reuter, “Foreword,” xiv.) If only we would try.

We need to try a bit harder to end this modern day slavery, and bring freedom to many trapped lives. Let’s work for freedom on their behalf and do something! It can be challenging but our good Lord rouses us to action: “You will have trouble in the world but be brave, I have conquered the world!” (John 16:33). Our friendship with the Lord truly gives us a brave heart. Then hopefully we can not only just shout “freedom” but with God’s grace to actually work for it, especially on behalf of millions of our trafficked sisters and brothers who are still trapped in modern day slavery. Amen


arte familia

Desde su inicio, el Verbum Dei ha manifestado su espiritualidad en expresiones artísticas propias: el estilo de sus capillas, las letras e imágenes que se usan  para decorar …

Arte Europa


Arte América






Esbozo-EjerciciosPalabra escrita:

La publicación de libros mediante editoriales, en el Verbum Dei es más bien reciente. Les dejamos algunos enlaces a libros ya editados, ordenados del más antiguo al más reciente.


Libros publicados:


FORNARI CARBONELL, MARÍA ISABEL. 1995. La escucha del huésped; la hospitalidad en el horizonte de la comunicación. 1º Ed. Barcelona, Verbo Divino. 304 págs.

HERRERÍAS GUERRA, LUCÍA AURORA. 1996. Espero estar en la verdad; la búsqueda ontológica de Paul Ricoeur. 1º Ed. Roma, Pontificia Universidad Gregoriana de Roma. 287 págs.

PRINZ, JULIA DOROTEA ELISABETH. 2007. Endangering Hunger for God: Johann Baptist Metz and Dorothee Solle at the Interface of Biblical Hermeneutic and Christian Spirituality. 1º Ed. Munstern, New York; Lit Verlag. 304 págs.

TORO BEDOYA, CARLOS MARIO, Ed. 2011. Esbozo de unos Ejercicios Espirituales. 1º Ed. Madrid, Monte Carmelo, 280 págs.

TORO BEDOYA, CARLOS MARIO, Ed. 2012. Escuelas de Apóstoles. 1º Ed. Madrid, Monte Carmelo, 378 págs.

CIRINO TEIXEIRA, PRISCILA, Ed. 2012. El Verbo se hizo historia. 1º Ed. Madrid, Monte Carmelo. 320 págs.


MARTÍNEZ SÁEZ, JUAN FRANCISCO, Ed. 2013. María, Estrella de la Nueva Evangelización. 1º Ed. Madrid, Monte Carmelo. 136 págs.

KURZ, ANNE-KATRIN, Ed.; KARL, KATHARINA MARIA, Ed. 2013. 1º Ed. Teología y Carisma; Inspirados por la fuente de la palabra. Madrid, Monte Carmelo. 286 págs.

MC TAVISH, JAMES CONNELL. 2011. Sharper than a sword. 1º Ed. Quezon City, NLP. 630 págs.

HEANEY, MAEVE LOUISE. 2012. Music as Theology: What Music Says About the Word. 1º Ed. USA, Wipf & Stock Publishers. 362 págs.

SUAN SEOW, SANDRA LIN. 2013. Prayer for Living: The Word of God for Daily Prayer. 1º Ed. Singapur.

MC TAVISH, JAMES CONNELL. 2014. Choose Life. 1º Ed. Manila, Paulines Publishing House. 368 págs.

MC TAVISH, JAMES CONNELL. 2014. A Heart on Fire. Inspirations from the life and writings of Jaime Bonet. 1º Ed. Philippines.

AZORÍN LOPEZ, MARÍA BELÉN. 2014. La ternura de María. 1º Ed. España.

Libros de distribución gratuita:


ROMERO BENDEZÚ, DANTE FRANCISCO. 2012. Cancionero Verbum Dei con Acordes. 8º Ed. Madrid. 159 págs.

ESPLUGUES FERRERO, VICENTE. 2013. Dureza y ternura. 1º Ed. Madrid. 89 págs.

ROMERO BENDEZÚ, DANTE FRANCISCO. 2013. Cancionero Verbum Dei con Acordes. 9º Ed. Madrid. 234 págs.

Libros compilados por terceros, con artículos nuestros:


SEMINARIO DE FORMAS NUEVAS DE VIDA CONSAGRADA. 2015. Multiforme armonía. Actualidad teológico-canónica de las Nuevas Formas de Vida Consagrada. 1º Ed. Madrid. 352 págs.


Elaine-SeowLa música nos guía hacia una relación con la realidad, con el mundo de una manera diferente a la que se establece solo con conceptos verbales, porque su vibración nos afecta, enseñándonos a estar presentes con nuestro cuerpo.


Frutos artísticos musicales de la
Fraternidad Misionera Verbum Dei

Hasta el momento hay 41 producciones musicales en CD y vienen 2 en camino. Los enumeramos a continuación, del más antiguo al más reciente:

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1. Padre, yo me pongo en tus manos    2. Tengo Sed 3. El canto del mendigo
música verbum dei música verbum dei música verbum dei
 4. Una nueva esperanza  5. Sembradores de la vida  6. Tiempo de ser palabra
música verbum dei  música verbum dei  música verbum dei
 7. ¡Qué regalo la vida!  8. I believe in you  9. Serás tú
música verbum dei música verbum dei música verbum dei
 10. He venido a prender fuego  11. Mi buen pastor  12. Longing
música verbum dei música verbum dei música verbum dei
 13. Mi amor es más fuerte  14. Stand   15. Amanecerá
música verbum dei música verbum dei música verbum dei
 16. Leva-me mais longe  17. Ao ritmo de Deus  18. Ta vie est un tresor
música verbum dei música verbum dei música verbum dei
 19. Lánzate  20. Let love lift up a broken world  21. María, siempre estás
música verbum dei música verbum dei música verbum dei
 22. Voa bem mais alto   23. No tengas miedo   24. Palabra
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 25. From the ashes  26. Nel Frattempo  27. Can I tell you
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 28. Into life   29. Closer to the light  30. Encuentros
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 31. Speak my word   32. Dancing with your cross  33. Dioscoteca
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 34. 50 años en tu palabra I  35. 50 años en tu palabra II  36. Musical Theology: Finding God in music
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 37. Ephphhatha   38. O mundo está nas tuas maos  39. I make all thing new (Instrumental)
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 40. Lead me on  41. Break the cristal frame  42. Con la fuerza del amor

Frutos Artísticos Musicales de los Discípulos de la Familia Misionera Verbum Dei

1. Búsqueda; Grupo Verbum Dei “Contra Corriente”, Puebla, México