Shrine Tag

PARAGUAY, Sandra Lezcano • Today my alarm clock rang three hours earlier than usual. I had to do my work at the office so I could leave early for Tupãrenda. Early on, my cell phone’s screen displayed a number of messages on social media that needed to be read. There was no doubt that it was a special day. I greeted the Blessed Mother in my Home Shrine telling her about my plans to leave work early so I could visit her in the afternoon at the Tupãrenda Shrine. IRead More
Fr. Guillermo Carmona • Every year on 18 October, we celebrate the patronal feast of our Shrine. The date reminds us of its importance and gives us the opportunity to reflect: how important is this place for me? What do I find here? Why do I keep coming back? Here, in this place where we belong, we give homage to our Patroness and express our gratitude and joy. The Shrine is our spiritual home, it belongs to us, it is possibly the most beautiful and visible thing we have andRead More
COSTA RICA, Michelle Ramírez de Monturiol • “We have already experienced that 18ths are filled with heavenly graces, but today was very special for us, the teachers from Mary’s Garden. The experience of each one of the children made every moment worthwhile. The children from Mary’s Garden prepared to sing to the Blessed Mother with their favorite songs, such as Mary of the Covenant, Mary, Look at Me, The Virgin of Nazareth and many others, on a day, when our Family of Hope Shrine celebrated seven months since its blessing.Read More
BRAZIL, Tadeu Lopes via jumasbrasil.com • “Youth and zeal! Youth and fire! Youth and storm that urges!” JUMAS Brazil recently honored Fr. Kentenich’s words in Brazil’s new Schoenstatt Shrine. The youths proved their love to our beloved Blessed Mother by expressing their joy on the way to the Shrine before the dedication and in tears contained upon carrying the Blessed Mother’s picture to the platform. Joy, zeal, and young people… a winning combination With all the joy of going on pilgrimage from the Shrine of Jaraguá to Caieiras, the youthsRead More
Michael Okpala I., Nigeria • Upon entering the Shrine, there is an inscription on the antependium (the decorative front to the altar cloth) in the Shrine. That saying (or inscription) “Nothing without You, Nothing without us” is rightfully the foundation of Schoenstatt Spirituality (and even Christian Spirituality). This is because at the center of Schoenstatt Spirituality is the Covenant of Love that is built on the foundation of this saying. The saying indicates a bilateral spirituality, a spirituality wherein we need the Blessed Mother, and she demands our cooperation. ThisRead More
BRAZIL, Melissa Rossatti • August is the month dedicated to vocations in the Church. For the Caierias Schoenstatt Family, the Shrine’s final phase of construction activities during the past month accompanied the reflections in the liturgy day to day about every vocation. From the first week, there was still much to do and the days were intense. The bell tower was finished at the beginning of the month, one by one the shingles were already cut and placed and in truly handcrafted work. On Tuesday on the grounds, an enormousRead More
COSTA RICA, Eugenia Cruz de Garnier • On Thursday, August 24, we had the joy of welcoming Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s Sisters of Charity for a visit at the Family of Hope Shrine in San José, Costa Rica. They brought blessed Rosaries and postcards with a picture of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, which they affectionately distributed as a sign of gratitude for the invitation. They feel very united to Schoenstatt through the Unity Cross that St. Mother Teresa adopted for her congregation of Missionaries of Charity priests and forRead More
POPE’S PRAYER INTENTIONS • Hurricane Harvey, which caused death, flooding and destruction in large parts of Texas, USA, not only dominated world news, but also the private conversations and social media of thousands of people. Possibly because the impact and strength of the wind and the amount of rain were far greater than anyone could have imagined. Moreover, it deeply shocked many Schoenstatters because the Shrine in Lamar near Rockport and the Schoenstatt Centre were damaged, seen in unconfirmed photographs circulating on Facebook (we have not published them because theyRead More
PARAGUAY, Silvia Cabañas • How does one overcome the departure of a son? That is a question I am frequently asked. I prefer to use the term departure and not death, because for me, my son did not die. He only departed prematurely to meet God, our Father, and our Mother Mary, a conviction that keeps me strong and standing. Most of all, it is what motivates me to struggle against my own human weakness, and for me to also make the effort so the moment that God decides thatRead More
BRAZIL, Karen Bueno • The Schoenstatt Family from Brazil is experiencing the joy of conquering their 23rd Daughter Shrine that is being built in Caieiras, Sao Paulo. They are certain that the Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt has a special mission for the country of origin and for the entire world from every shrine. We invite the International Schoenstatt Family, brothers/sisters in the Covenant of Love, to accompany this very special moment with their prayers and contributions to the Capital of Grace. Attending the blessing will be possible in realRead More