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Lay Members of the Home of the Mother (L.H.M.)The goal of the Lay Members is to reach holiness for the glory of God, under the maternal protection of Mary. This vocation is born within the Church of the service of the Church. The principles by which they are guided spring forth from the mystery of Christ and His Gospel, as the Church believes, interprets and preaches.

padrerafaelFather Rafael, whose idea was it to begin the L.H.M. ?

When the Home of the Mother of all Humanity, Mother of the Youth, was first founded, I already understood that it would not be a work confined solely to those who wished to consecrate themselves to religious life, that there would also be a strong presence of lay people. Therefore, I always had it in my mind to establish a secular branch of the Home of the Mother. Many years ago, I had even drawn up a series of possible statutes for the lay movement. The Lord then put in my path other persons who have helped me to carry this out.

What place do these groups of lay people of the Home have in today’s Church?

In a time of crisis for the family, with so many divorces and separations, the spirit of the Home comes as a call to fidelity to God and to the search for union with Him by distancing ourselves from attitudes that are contrary to his will. This is how we come to see the transcendental importance of the Home for the recuperation of the family, which is the main cell of society.

padre-bautizoWhat do the L.H.M. contribute to the Home of the Mother?

A great dynamism. Let me explain. Dynamism means movement. And there is no doubt that a very powerful current is moving that impels us all to work for the good of the Church.

What does the creation of the L.H.M. mean to you?

It is clearly the work of Our Blessed Mother. Its birth and expansion are not due to human calculations. I know very well that it has nothing to do with the development of a business project with investment capital and therefore with criteria of viability and efficacy. These are not God’s criteria. I am amazed by its way of birth, by its way of development, its way of growth, its way of expansion... I could say that I am a privileged spectator of what the Lord himself is doing. He is the main actor. And we are with Him in the measure and in the way that He wishes.

What do you expect from the L.H.M.?

padre-usaI expect every member to absorb and live his own vocation; and therefore his triple mission of the Defense of the Eucharist, the Defense of the Honor of Our Blessed Mother, especially in the privilege of her virginity, and the Conquest of the youth for Jesus Christ. And this not in a passive way, like some form of lingering resistance movement, but in an active, pioneering, dynamic way. There’s a whole world out there that has to be renewed from its foundations. And the renewal begins with oneself and with the environment in which each one is living. This is why all of us must be apostles. The members must study their immediate surroundings and see what it is that God awaits of them and do it. When all of us who make up the Home of the Mother are united we will form a great potency of transformation in society, not by the way of force but by the way of the spirit. It is in the Eucharist that every member of the Home of the Mother finds strength, light and consolation. And in the Heart of the Most Holy Virgin Mary we find our peace and our home.

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