ITALY, Federico Bauml •
This past June 17th, in a crowded Shrine of Cor Ecclesiae, four young people sealed their Covenant of Love with Mary. —
Anna, Caterina, Giovanni and Giuseppe (these are the names of the four new allies) have spent time preparing themselves, accompanied by a leader and the testimony of others who already knew the fascination of this special consecration typical of the Schoenstatt charism, and who have chosen to dedicate themselves to this project.
Moreover for the great day, they wanted the most beloved people along with them: parents, relatives, friends (and children, in one case) who came, even from other parts of Italy, with joy and emotion.
A Eucharistic celebration with the founders online
Father Facundo Bernabei celebrated the Mass with the special participation, even if only “via the Internet”, of Father Ludovico Tedeschi and Father Alfredo Pereira, both serving in South America after years dedicated to the foundation and development of the Movement in Italy that was really intense.
Nothing was left to chance. The reading of the day was perfect, dedicated to justice, the common denominator of the four boys; the homily was splendid; the ceremony of handing over the candles (each one of a different color, chosen personally by these allies) and medals was beautiful; sometimes broken off due to overwhelming emotion, the reading of the letters was moving.
A day of celebration not to be soon forgotten.
For Anna, Caterina, Giovanni, and Giuseppe, their greatest desire is to live the covenant as the starting point of a journey facing its own originality, aware of having the best possible ally at our side.
Original: Italian, 22 June 2019. English translation: Melissa Peña-Janknegt, Elgin, TX USA