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SCHOENSTATT/PARAGUAY, Sebastián Denis • Sunday, 8 January, was a day of special graces for Schoenstatt. On 8 January, Paraguay and many other countries celebrated the Feast of the Lord’s Epiphany. In Schoenstatt, Robert Gonzales, a Paraguayan, lawyer, member of the Judicial Branch, member of the Men’s Branch, and member of the Prison Ministry who is in Germany studying German to apply for a Master’s Degree, sealed his Covenant of Admission as a novice of the Brothers of Mary Institute at the Tabor Shrine, the Shrine of the men’s column. LetRead More
Fr. Martin Emge • On the night of 29 December, an especially bright star was over Mount Schoenstatt. Schoenstatters from all the Branches and Communities gathered at the Father Kentenich House, in our Father’s spirit. Just like the wise Three Kings, the wise men of the Institute of Priests imitated their founder, and they sought the stellar moments of the past year in Schoenstatt as well as on Rome’s most beautiful hill. Belmonte’s Wise men The first Wise man arrived from the Swabia region of Germany– Pastor Armin Noppenberger, oneRead More
Maria Fischer • “Then, I opened the door, and I found myself before the Blessed Sacrament. After this long trip through cold and darkness, tired and without even knowing if I would find the Shrine, I found her myself, illuminated this this warm light. It was time for Eucharistic Adoration, tears fell, and I did not care about anything else… I arrived and there was only joy within me, simply joy, within me; it is Christmas.” Gabrielle Pietro belongs to the Schoenstatt Girls’ Youth in San Antonio, Texas USA. SheRead More
Maria Fischer and Fr. Egon Zillekens • “Today an elderly lady told me that she prays the Rosary for our intentions in the early evening because it is too late and dark at 8 p.m.!” Fr Zillekens said on Thursday evening during the first hour of prayer for vocations for Schoenstatt. This intention, which was publicised in a letter from Fr Juan Pablo Cattogio on behalf of the General Presidium to all the Schoenstatt communities, was obviously already well known. All who are not present can always join in. ConcernRead More
Maria Fischer • The title of one book could be translated as “Outdated Model”, or it could also be “Setting sail”; the other book is entitled “Living with Mary”. Both are about the Pope from the “end of the world”, the Pope without a doctorate or a career in the Roman Curia, who with his message of mercy creates a holy upheaval in the church – an upheaval that feels like the Holy Spirit after Pentecost. Both books and their messages formed the focal point of the day of recollectionRead More
by Felix Geyer • “Take our love, our loyalty, our yes. For Schoenstatt’s new 100 years. This is what this torch represents”. This was heard during the celebration of the Jubilee 2014’s Vigil in the large pilgrims’ arena. The torch, which the youths brought from Italy that lit pilgrims’ candles and the fire in the large fountain, became the symbol of that night and of new beginnings. Primarily, it is a promise: whoever lit his/her candle took the torch, or in the shrine, promised “Blessed Mother, here I am,” nowRead More
Maria Fischer • My life was an adventure – led by our Mother. Because it was an adventure, I am angry with no one, I pray for all, I wish everyone knowledge, and a blissful death and resurrection. Triune God, be eternally praised For all the great gifts you have given me! Those are the words on the unusual memorial card for Fr Heinz Kuenster given to the people who poured into the specially decorated house chapel of the Marienau, “his” Marienau, in the early afternoon of 8 November forRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Fr. Bladimir Navarro Lorenzo • On 18 October, Fr. Bladimir Navarro Lorenzo, a Cuban priest of the Schoenstatt Federation of Diocesan Priests in Cuba, was in Schoenstatt. He con-celebrated the International Mass in the Pilgrims’ Church. At Fr. Egon M. Zillekens’ request, he shares his experience of those days. For me, Schoenstatt is a place of encounter and rest. It is clearly an encounter with the Blessed Mother, but at the same time in a special way with Fr. Kentenich. I arrived at the “beautiful place” with twoRead More
By Maria Fischer • Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio, the General Superior of the Schoenstatt Fathers and the President of the International Schoenstatt Presidium, was in the Original Shrine. Of course, this isn’t news, no matter how much we would love to publish more stories about the Original Shrine. Much less that he was not alone, but accompanied by members of the Administrative Council for the Original Shrine and two representatives from the communication platforms (Schoenstatt-TV, the web page for the Original Shrine, the website for the Pilgrim Central, and schoenstatt.org) toRead More

Posted On 18.10.2016In Original Shrine

Mercy and Mission

Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio • We publish here the sermon of Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio, President of the General Presidency of Schoenststt, in the Holy Mass at the celebration of October 18 at the Original Shrine, October 18 in the Holy Year of Mercy. —   Dear Schoenstatt Family, We celebrate the 18th of October, the covenant day. It is also the feast of the Evangelist Saint Luke. He is known as the Evangelist of mercy. Texts like the parable of the prodigal son, the good Samaritan, or Zacchaeus, weRead More