For me the Shrine is…
Schoenstatt is not so much a Movement with a Shrine; rather, it is a Shrine with a Movement.
From the Shrine - the Original Shrine in the valley of Schoenstatt -
everything was born and everything continues to be born
Everything revolves around the Shrine in all its dimensions.
- Everything that is Schoenstatt and has come since that Covenant of Love on October 14, 1914, which transformed an almost abandoned chapel into a place of grace is taken to the Shrine.
The history of Schoenstatt is the history of the Shrine. In many movements, the history of that movement is the history of some initiative, of some idea, of some act that occurred. In our case, Schoenstatt history is born, it develops, and it will end with the history of the Shrine.
During the Year of the Shrine, we invite everyone to share his/her experience here:
For me the Shrine is…
"For months…I have not overcome my awe of Father Kentenich’s simple and profound definition of the three pilgrimage graces. They point to the re-conquest of paradise: 1. I find a home in the heart of the Blessed Mother 2. I am transformed by the gradual liberation of disordered desires 3. I am fruitful at every moment since I can be and act like a little Mary,” Nueva Helvecia, 1948.
Fr. Antonio Cosp, Paraguay
“For me, from a long time ago, the Shrine became the place of my daily encounter with God through our beloved MTA. In the Shrine, I feel loved and sheltered by God the Father; there my heart was filled with the joy of knowing the mission that God the Father had entrusted to me through the discovery of my personal ideal. In the Shrine, I learned to translate the words offered by Christ from the height of the Cross into concrete acts: ‘Woman, behold your son… Behold your Mother,’ (John 19:26-27) through the realization of the “Nothing without you, nothing without us’, the fruit of the Covenant of Love.
In the Shrine, God the Father offers me the most beautiful treasure of my live, what a joy to share with all those who I encounter, it is a treasure that taught me to love Christ and that leads me to Him: MARY!
Bruno Almeida OSB, Ponta Grossa, Brasil
Shrine - Mother’s home
The Shrine is a home.
The Shrine is a place of shelter, where I have received graces and it has changed my life.
For me, the Shrine is my home. My Tabor.
For me, it is a place where I communicate with the Blessed Mother, and She gives me the strength to live each day.
The Shrine is my spiritual refuge. I deposit my weaknesses, my hopes, and I am comforted in it.
The Shrine is the only place that always remains the same, it is a constant in my life
For me, the Shrine is my home, shelter, tranquility, peace, joy
It is the home of the Schoenstatt Family where one finds our Blessed Mother with her Son
The Shrine is like a welcoming refuge, like a nest where one can truly trust.
The Shrine is something that immediately touches the soul, it makes one tremble…
“You have to go there, to understand what I am saying…”
For me, it is a vital need to visit the Blessed Mother, it fills me with energy, it clarifies my life, it confirms the way and it corrects me when it is necessary.
For me, to be in the Shrine is to be closer to God, it is a place where heaven becomes more concrete to me..
The Shrine is the place where heaven touches earth and transforms it into a place of encounter.
Carmen Rogers and friends from Bellavista, Chile
For me, the Shrine is the Blessed Mother’s nest, where I feel totally sheltered and where I always want to be.
I feel that the Shrine is where the Family gathers, because it is there that I encounter God, my Father, with the Blessed Mother and with all my brothers and sisters in the Covenant.
The Shrine is a School of Love, where the Blessed Mother educates us and prepares us for the great mission.
The Shrine is a source of grace from where we always leave renewed.
Rosita Ciola, Argentina
For me, the Homeshrine is a place of connection with other people. It is the source of energy of my home, where the Holy Virgin distributes graces. In the Homeshrine she forms and educates us: us and our children.
Susi Mitter, Austria
For me, the Home shrine is:
- the place where I land in the arms of my heavenly Mother: I feel accepted and sheltered there.
- It is the place where the Holy Spirit lands, that helps me when I encounter people who are totally different and it encourages me to be a witness of the faith and of Schoenstatt
- It is the place where my restless spirit frequently lands, and in this way I can find myself, in the Heartshrine, with the Triune God.
For me, the Shrine of Molina is a place of encounter with friends of the world.
For me, the Chang’s Homeshrine is a place of great daring challenges.
My Homeshrine is the best thing I can offer those who visit me.
Queca Espinoza, Perú
For me, the Shrine is
- A little piece of heaven on earth, where we come with hearts in hand, offering it with the last sigh, leaving our miseries at the feet of Mary and her Son, to allow Her to mold us, making us like Her.
- A communion of souls. It is the family’s place of encounter, where we feel that we are all going in the same direction, with one another. It is our identity as Schoenstatters.
- A commitment, the “nothing without us” of our Covenant of Love. It is the contribution to the capital of grace, the constant prayer so that this place of grace will always forge new and free men and women, messengers of the treasure that Mary distributes from here.
Silvia Sibay, Argentina
The Shrine of Guayaquil, Family of the Father Home for the World is truly a home for me, it is an oasis where I can rest and be myself to allow myself to be transformed and educated by the MTA.
For me, the Shrine is the place where I can regain strength to continue with the mission of taking the Covenant Culture wherever the Blessed Mother wants to send me.
My Homeshrine is the place where I receive the grace to confront the day and where I can offer the accomplishments and failures every night…it would be impossible to assume the challenges of daily life if I was not permanently anchored to this place of grace.
Maria Elena Vilches, Ecuador
We associate with the Shrine:
- it is to return home
- the silent encouragement
- it allows me to see myself exactly as I am
- it gives strength to depart anew
Christine and Erwin Hinterberger, Germany
For me, the Shrine is the place where I live. That is how it is! It the highest and the deepest, with sorrow and tears, with all that I am, what I think, and what I do; with all the failures and with all the happy moments, with all the people that I love and with those I have promised to pray for. It is the place where the “Lady” awaits her crazy daughter and She again shows her that the Lord loves her.
Sara Mohn, Germany
For me, the Shrine…is the ardent origin of my own warmth, a totally intimate fiery vitality and at the same time overflowing. It is the place where I am myself and where this me comes to light, so that all of me is all for others; it is free creative atmosphere, with the heart, suspense and humor…well it simply the Shrine
Marianne Maier, Germany