Maria Fischer with Paz Leiva, Miguel Angel Rubio and the schoenstatt.org team •
These last few days (July 1- July 5) there has been a storm of declarations, position papers, interviews, press releases, videos, book quotes, translations on the go – some with serious errors – and other documents; and I think that now it will be good for us to pause, breathe, pray and ask ourselves: What does it mean for me? Where do I find answers? What does God want with all this about me, about Schoenstatt, about schoenstatt.org (this impulse emerged in the schoenstatt.org team), about my ministry, my missionary or social project? —
The publications in the press affected us:
1Because of what was communicated, the way it was communicated (accusations, allegations against Father Kentenich made by some of the Sisters of Mary -8 or 10- regarding abuses that from their perspective they experienced, and from the visitor’s point of view) and from a serious investigation of documents, that were not accessible until now (and of only these documents).
2Because it is information about Fr. Kentenich and about the reasons for the exile that in a large part of the Movement was not known, either because of our omission to seek the information (which there was) or, rather, because of the lack of communication of this information by the Sisters of Mary and those who knew more.
3For not knowing with certainty if the documents in the Vatican contain real new information that could change what we know, up to now.
4Because we wonder why no one from Schoenstatt asked for access to these documents in March of this year, when the Vatican Archives were opened.
5Because of some declarations and interviews by Schoenstatt groups or communities that were not very fortunate in their style and tone (justifications, attacks to the author…).
The big “What Now?” is left for us
I think it is important to get out of the phase of indignation or disillusionment, of opinions and complaints into a proactive attitude, asking ourselves: What now?
- Is it time to grow in our way of being Schoenstatters?
- Shall we become more humble?
- Is it time to be freer and more responsible in our actions, seeking information instead of waiting for someone to inform us?
- Should we feel that the fact that these things come to light is liberating?
- Is it time to stop keeping secrets under wraps and to collaborate with transparency within the Movement?
- Shall we develop an adult, mature, filial relationship with Father Kentenich or grow even more in it?
- Should we be asking ourselves about our concerns and priorities: to seek the renewal of the world, a new social order, to go out to the peripheries, to help those who suffer in body, spirit and soul in solidarity …and less about the canonization?
Citing this (July 5) Sunday’s Gospel (Matthew 11:28-30):
Original: Spanish 2020-07-05, Translated by Maria Aragón, Monterrey, México