Schoenstatt international - welcome!
ARGENTINA, Roberto Horat. On the way to the Centenary and during the final hours of already preparing ourselves to renew the Covenant of Love with all our Schoenstatt brothers/sisters around the world and of heaven, we believe that this past October 12th – that was so special – we could not keep from expressing gratitude for the life, the work, the charisma, and the good carried out by Father Esteban Uriburu, the untiring sower of the Covenant of Love with Mary.
CHILE, Sister M. Ivonne Latsague Vidal. For those who are close to a shrine, for those who belong to the different Branches of the Movement, for those who perhaps have grown with Schoenstatt, it is easy to understand and to celebrate the 100 years of grace that we are living. But how does this Jubilee resonate for a pilgrim from the countryside, or for someone who has never visited a shrine, or the one who just learned about a wayside shrine?
CHILE, María José Reyes. At sometime, everyone has heard the famous phrase, “Where there is a will, there is away;” however, how many times have we doubted it? Personally I have many times. It was November 18, 2013, I had only ten more days of classes, and like many other “eighteenths” of my life, I went up to our homeland of Mount Schoenstatt (Lo Banechea – Santiago) to go to Mass and to renew my covenant with my beloved Blessed Mother. The homeland is literally on the hill and before you arrive, you cross a small bridge. Well I was driving, and only God know why, I noticed the decrepit little sign that announced the name of the bride, which sadly read: “La Carbonera” (the coal bunker or hole).
VATICAN, vis.This morning a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office to present the Message of the Third Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, dedicated to the “Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelisation” (5-19 October). The speakers were Cardinals Raymundo Damasceno Assis, archbishop of Aparecida, Brazil, delegate president; Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture and president of the Commission for the Message and Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay, India.
FACKELLAUF 2014, mda. Until now in Schoenstatt, there has only been one rainy night before the real beginning of the Jubilee pilgrimage, and otherwise contrary to the weather forecast in Schoenstatt, a radiant sun and temperatures are almost summer-like while pilgrims – some of whom are dressed warmly just in case – arrived in Schoenstatt and going on pilgrimage to the Original Shrine. Meanwhile the burning torch, the symbol of the fire of the Covenant of Love is running through rain and storms to arrive on time for the Jubilee vigil in Schoenstatt. Since October 15th, the torch runners are in the final stretch, supported through encounters with the members of the Schoenstatt Family from Switzerland in Brunnen and the Schoenstatt Movement from Freiburg, by Archbishop Emeritus Dr. Robert Zollitsch and Auxiliary Bishop Dr. Michael Berber, who also ran one leg.
mda. Despite the train strike in Germany on October 15th and an important airline on October 16th, the nations are arriving. The physical pilgrimage to Schoenstatt has begun after five years of spiritual pilgrimage and praying daily: “Dear Mother and Mother of the Lord, with great joy we start out on our pilgrimage to your Shrine…” Now people are on pilgrimage to this Shrine in the Schoenstatt valley, on a summer-like day in the middle of October, with a radiant sun and temperatures that made some take off the woolen mufflers that they were wearing… Someone recalled the Conference 2014 moment, when “the bad weather at that time” was an obstacle a few minutes before the decision for the date of the celebration for the 100 years of the Covenant of Love. Despite that, the great majority of the delegates from thirty-three countries decided: we want to celebrate the Jubilee on the 18th of October, all together, in the Original Shrine. “It seems that the Blessed Mother also wants it,” a Conference 2014 participant commented.
GERMANY, Angie Santos. In October 15, 1967 Father Kentenich gave the Father Eye Symbol, a symbol that represents the paternal care and love of God our Father, to Pastor Heinz Kunster. He wanted the Schoenstatt Family of Trier to keep it and guard it until the right time came, when it would be installed in the Original Shrine.
Last Pope Francis Tweets
- 23/10/2014 - 07:30 The family is where we are formed as people. Every family is a brick in the building of society.
- 21/10/2014 - 09:00 If faith is to be strong and healthy, it must be constantly nourished by the Word of God.
- 18/10/2014 - 11:15 To change the world we must be good to those who cannot repay us.
- 16/10/2014 - 10:50 A Christian is merciful by nature; this is heart of the Gospel.
- 14/10/2014 - 10:45 O Lord, comfort all those who suffer, especially the sick, the poor and the unemployed.
A Schoenstatt which goes forth
- for the next hundred years -
Jubilee - 100 Years Covenant of Love
Transmission of the celebrations in Schoenstatt and Rome
TV: EWTN, CTV (Rome)