Today, Ana Mercedes de Gutiérrez de Nieuwenhuis answers: She is a Salvadorian coordinator of the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign in El Salvador. She learned about the Rosary Campaign in Monterrey, Mexico, and she had the blessing of taking the Blessed Mother to visit homes there for almost ten years, now for fifteen years more. “Our Father and She have undeservedly granted me to try to make known the wonderful spirituality that our Father Kentenich has given us, like a bishop told us here in our country: “The Schoenstatt founder was a precursor of Vatican II.” •
Six months into the pilgrimage through the second century of the covenant of love…what is your dream for this Schoenstatt in who we are and where we find ourselves in the Church and in the world, and in our mission?
Despite the slowness and difficulty to carry out the Schoenstatt mission in my country, I dream of a Schoenstatt that is inserted in every parish so that the richness of our spirituality will be known.
I believe that after the centenary celebration, thanks to the publicity that was given in different media and radio programs that we have, we have felt an increase in interest and a greater commitment of the missionaries.
I dream of a Schoenstatt in El Salvador that will change hearts that allow them to be educated by Mary, the great educator. Mary does not go alone, she takes her Son and with him Divine Mercy.
In order to fulfill this dream, what do we need to avoid or leave behind?
We should go out of our comfort zone, to be aware of the commitment we assumed, and to be responsible and consistent in our actions.
It would be of great help to have a Schoenstatt Father as an advisor.
We should break from the routine.
In order to fulfill this dream, what practical steps do we have to take?
To pray every day to Jesus and Mary to give us strength, to give us the grace that we sealed in our Covenant of Love and loyalty to our Father and Founder.
To go out to the “Encounter” as Pope Francis told us, our peripheries urge us to be instruments of peace; our country is in a state of violence. Let us pray insistently.
We have begun meetings with our brothers/sisters from Esquípulas, Guatemala, this has been greatly fruitful, and we will continue to do it because of the proximity of our territories.
I pray to our Mother Thrice Admirable Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt to guide us and enkindle us in the fire of her love, so that we may be true instruments; and to take Jesus’ message.