Schoenstatt international - welcome!
TEXAS, USA, Carlos Cantú. November 18th, 2014, will be a special day forever to the parishioners of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Weslaco, Texas. The sixth Wayside Shrine of the Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt was dedicated on this day in the Diocese of Brownsville. It was noted that fifty years earlier on October 18, 1964, marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Schoenstatt Movement, the first MTA Wayside Shrine in the Brownsville Diocese was dedicated on the parish grounds of St. Francis Xavier Church in La Feria, Texas. Father Carlos Zúñiga, pastor of St. Pius X Church and an ardent Schoenstatt supporter, was the instrument used for making this new Wayside Shrine a reality.
ARGENTINA, Liliana Barba. For sixteen years, just as every year, the youths were there very early to organize the start of the walk. This time they had more resources, and also much more effort. A greater expectation in the number of pilgrims was joined to the challenge of walking twice the usual stretch for this unforgettable journey. At the end of the road, the fruit that had been dreamed for many years… a Homeland for the Blessed Mother! Finally, the Throne of our Mother Thrice Admirable Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt will be erected in San Luis for the greater glory of God and of the Most Holy Trinity.
BRAZIL, Maria Luíza de Figueiredo Gonzalez. My mother, Magda Maria Giordano de Figueiredo, was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on August 6, 1935. She was an apostle of the Pilgrim Blessed Mother and she died precisely on October 18, 2014. As her daughter, I would like to give in a few words a testimony to her life and explain how the Pilgrim Blessed Mother accompanied her at the hour of her death.
ARGENTINA, P. Javier Arteaga. A month ago we were celebrating the centenary of the Covenant of Love and the founding of Schoenstatt. We did it with great joy in each of our diocesan communities in Argentina: we celebrated at Shrines, wayside shrines, cathedrals and parishes. We celebrated and gave thanks because 100 years ago God wanted to manifest once again in our history, opening a new source of grace for our time at the Schoenstatt Shrine.We celebrated and gave thanks for 100 years of the Schoenstatt Movement, a spiritual path in Church where the Blessed Virgin has given renewal in the Christian faith and love of thousands and thousands of people.
ROME, mda. When the editorial team of schoenstatt.org congratulated Fr Francisco Pistilli on his appointment at Bishop of Encarnacion in Paraguay last Saturday, and promised him our prayers, he replied immediately, “Many thanks to you all. Please take me with you to the shrine.” “Take me with you to the shrine”. We can be sure that many have done this, and continue to do so, and some have already expressed this openly to schoenstatt.org as a sign of living their solidarity in the covenant of love. In the shrine of all of us in Rome, Fr Frantisek acted immediately after reading the news and took Fr Francisco Pistilli to the shrine – and whoever has entered the shrine since last Sunday for Holy Mass, the Rosary, for Adoration or personal prayer, can hardly do anything else than pray for the new Bishop …
Father Carlos Padilla. We arrive at the end of a year of grace, a year of life, a year of hope. We have been able to celebrate the Jubilee in Schoenstatt, in Rome, in Spain. Those of us who were able to go to Schoenstatt gathered as a family coming from the ends of the earth. We paused in front of the Original Shrine with heartfelt gratitude. It was necessary to live that day. Some of us were able to be there. Others were present in their Daughter Shrines or Home Shrines. But we all wanted to renew our Covenant of Love from the heart, from the depths of one’s soul. The Jubilee wants to be a personal and profound encounter with God and with Mary. We now want to give thanks for what we have experienced. Surely God has surpassed with interest what we imagined the Jubilee would be. What concrete gift, perhaps hidden, has Mary given us during these days of the Jubilee, in Rome, in Schoenstatt, in our home? What have we given her on the day we renewed our Covenant of Love?
AUSTRALIA, Sr. M. Rebecca Sampang. Celebrating the Centenary Jubilee in over 200 shrines worldwide, the Schoenstatt Family at Mt Richon-Armadale marked this milestone with a crowd of over 600 at a special celebration on Sunday October 19.
ROME, mda. Australia, Switzerland, Germany, the Czech Republic: If we were playing for the Football World Cup, these four would be in the semi-finals. Or, on the steps at the Olympic Games with a medal and award ceremony. They would be closely followed by the Philippines, Burundi and Mexico; the rest of the field would be far behind. Australia, Switzerland, Germany and the Czech Republic: these four countries have already completely financed their room in the International Schoenstatt Centre in Belmonte, Rome. Australia and the Czech Republic are already busy considering decorating their room with a traditional crucifix of their country, a picture of Our Lady of Schoenstatt, and another symbol. For the pilgrims from the Czech Republic, who came on Saturday after the Jubilee audience with Pope Francis, there was just one discordant note: They were unable to visit "their" room. And those who heard their story will understand their disappointment.
Latest Pope Francis Tweets
- 27/11/2014 - 08:27 Love is the measure of faith.
- 22/11/2014 - 07:22 When we meet a person truly in need, do we see the face of God?
- 20/11/2014 - 09:20 Let us seek to live in a way that is always worthy of our Christian vocation.
- 18/11/2014 - 10:18 There is so much noise in the world! May we learn to be silent in our hearts and before God.
- 15/11/2014 - 08:45 A Christian brings peace to others. Not only peace, but also love, kindness, faithfulness and joy.
A Schoenstatt which goes forth
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Jubilee - 100 Years Covenant of Love
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