Covenant Life Category

Ruta 40
ARGENTINA, Juan Barbosa • On a walk along the “mythical” Route 40 in its northern part and after a reflection that was well worth considering because it was totally true, Our Lady of Schoenstatt surprised us… And at 1990 meters above sea level! If she manages to do that there… How much more can she do at any altitude if we help her! — In the Calchaquíes Valleys, “God has not forgotten anything…” So says a song by the emblematic Chalchalero Facundo Saravia, son of the founder of the folkloricRead More
La Plsata San Pedro
ARGENTINA, Pamela Pagalday / Maria Fischer • On this Covenant Day, September 18, Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Gonzalez enthroned in the Shrine of La Plata (the shrine under the shadow of the cathedral) the image of St. Peter, who reminds us to follow Christ and invites us to serve and love the Church, in harmony and covenant with Pope Francis who today is Peter among us. — The original image of St. Peter (given by the German family in 1965) was stolen during this pandemic. But, Bishop Jorge Gonzalez at theRead More
Seelsorger
GERMANY, Dietmar Herrmann • Tomorrow’s pastoral care is full of points of tension: Proximity and distance, power as a person and power in function, vulnerability, spiritual power and managerial power, secularity and religiosity, faith in life itself and faith in a personal God of life. During the first week of September 2021, 25 priests from the four Schoenstatt priestly communities met at the Marienau Priests’ and Guests’ House in Schoenstatt to explore. — As an introduction, Schoenstatt Father Hans-Martin Samietz gave insight into the role of the educator/pastor as seenRead More
Los Olmos Luján
ARGENTINA, Constanza Manrique • On September 11, the fifth pilgrimage of couples to Lujan, organized by the Los Olmos Shrine, in charge of Father Marcelo Gallardo, took place. Years ago we walked praying for the shrine, which was finally built in the midst of the pandemic, against all odds. Today we walk to give thanks for the shrine. The Blessed Mother has made her home among us. — With a radiant sky and under the immense cape of Mary, we gathered at Los Olmos, the meeting point and headquarters ofRead More
Santa Cruz de la Sierra
BOLIVIA, Alexandra Kempff • On Saturday, September 4, the consecration ceremony of the first shrine in Santa Cruz de la Sierra took place. It was a celebration full of details, many of them could have gone unnoticed in the midst of all the emotions and feelings we experienced and my intention with this article is to pay tribute to those people who worked silently but, thanks to them, everything turned out flawlessly. — Those who were not physically present were able to have a slight impression through the transmission channelsRead More
Santa Cruz de la Sierra
BOLIVIA, Maria Fischer • We have a new shrine! The second shrine blessed during the pandemic, the second shrine in Bolivia, the shrine cover by the shadow of the largest wayside shrine in the world, the shrine with the largest number of planned and cancelled blessing dates, the shrine that on the afternoon or evening of September 4, 2021 gathered hundreds of Schoenstatters from Bolivia and Chile in its place and hundreds more around the screens: Paraguay, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Costa Rica, Germany were present. The Shrine “Jenerechú, fuego vivoRead More
Santa Cruz de Sierra
BOLIVIA, Chochy Ortiz • We have journeyed together through many ups and downs, through narrow or closed doors, forcing us to change direction several times. But through all this we remained united and did not lose our hope and joy in our wonderful common dream. Finally today the Schoenstatt Family in Santa Cruz de la Sierra – Bolivia is just a few hours away from the dedicaton of our “Living Fire of Hope” Shrine. And it will happen in September, our town’s anniversary month. — On 24 September every year,Read More
odontólogos
ECUADOR, Fr. Rafael Amaya • Yesterday I gave a special blessing: 14 young dentists came to offer their profession to Jesus in the shrine in Quito. — This is what they shared with us: “On 20 August, we celebrated a mass to bless our doctor’s coats in the Schoenstatt shrine. It was a moment to thank God and our parents for their infinite love and their sacrifices. We entrusted ourselves to God with the blessing given by Fr. Rafael, that we may remain humble and always use the gift ofRead More
Panamá
PANAMA, Carmen Franco / Maria Fischer • Group meetings, talks, virtual meetings … The pandemic has diminished Schoenstatt’s apostolic life in many places. Also in Panama. “For now, we only dare to celebrate Mass on the 18th of the month. We hold prayers at the wayside shrine…” say the Movement members. — On 18 July, the day on which we renew the Covenant of Love with Mary, we attended Mass at San Francisco da la Caleta parish. Immediately afterward, we went to greet the Blessed Mother at the wayside shrineRead More
Erschalle laut
3MS (3-Minute-Stories), Maria Fischer • Yes, I know that the Easter season is over. But when we were allowed to sing again today at Sunday Mass for the first time in eight months, I was somehow firmly convinced that the organist would have to start singing this old Easter song right away. Resound loud, triumphant song. The Savior is risen. The church is alive, for she sings. — Silent night hummed very softly at Christmas mass. Soul, your Savior is free from the bonds only sung along in the heartRead More