URUGUAY, by Maria del Rosario de Armas •
Uruguay’s Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign is happy! Yes. It is happy because it has journeyed through Uruguay for thirty years beginning on 13 May 1985, at Punta del Este, department of Maldonado, one of the most beautiful places in Uruguay. Yes. And it is happy, because the Blessed Mother wanted to establish herself in Punta del Este. This is where she began to go out.
She wanted to stay in one of the churches most attached to its parishioners, Our Lady of Candelaria.This wayside shrine was blessed on 15 November 2015. The missionaries and residents there are very actively working in the parish community. The children there participate very faithfully, and they even formed a choir.
Every month on the 18th, an illuminated rosary is prayed. On 18 January, the world’s children, who suffer from violence, abandonment, wars, and illnesses, were prayed for. On 18 February, they will pray for the benefactors, collaborators and beneficiaries of the project of student support coordinated by Sarita Ruibal, a Campaign missionary.
2 February: The Feast of the Presentation- Candlemas
On 2 February, on the Feast of Our Lady of Candelaria(Candlemas), we were happy to be present. We were happy to have these two Marian titles together that bring the light of Christ to us and give shelter, inner transformation, and sending forth.
Archbishop of Montevideo, Cardinal Daniel Sturla presided at the large celebration accompanied by Bishop Milton Tróccoli (Diocese of Montevideo), Bishop Alberto Sanguinetti (Diocese of Canelones), Bishop Emeritus Romero (Diocese of Canelones, Bishop Arturo Fajardo (Diocese of S. José), Bishop Carlos Collazi (Diocese of Soriano), Bishop Emeritus Raúl Scarrone (Diocese of Florida, Bishop Jaime Fuentes (Diocese of Lavalleja), and Bishop Rodolfo Wirz (Diocese of Maldonado).
Strengthening attachments through the Rosary and Adoration
This Holy Year of Mercy, the Campaign, with all its pictures consecrated to her, assumes the commitment to strengthen the attachment with parishes. One of the most important elements in doing this is the prayer of the rosary and adoration, just as Pope Francis has asked us.
Although these times seem stormy, we will continue walking, trusting the Blessed Mother. As was said in today’s homily, the Virgin Mary is our walking stick. She supports and sustains us. She helps us. She gives us security.
“WITH MARY, LET US SET FORTH TOWARD THE ENCOUNTER.”