ARGENTINA, Claudia Echenique/Tita Ríos •
A new wayside shrine of Our Lady of Schoenstatt has been erected on the banks of the Paraná River in the town of Villa Urquiza, province of Entre Ríos. The initiative emerged from the Madrugadores of the region and was coordinated together with the Villa Urquiza City Hall for its construction. —
On Saturday, June 4, Archbishop Juan Alberto Puiggari went to bless it and accompanied the group of the Madrugadores, several neighbors of the place, brothers, and sisters of the Shrine of La Loma, and representatives of the Rosary Campaign.
It was a sunny day, with a blue sky and where the river seemed to be paralyzed by the presence of the Mother, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt.
A wayside shrine to pray and a lookout point to contemplate Villa Urquiza is a small town on the banks of the Paraná River, 42 km north of the Shrine of La Loma in the city of Paraná, province of Entre Rios. This wayside shrine is located at the Villa Urquiza Wayside Shrine.
A wayside shrine to pray and a lookout point to contemplate
Villa Urquiza is a small town on the banks of the Paraná River, 42 km north of the Shrine of La Loma in the city of Paraná, province of Entre Rios.
This wayside shrine, besides being a religious place, is also a natural viewpoint towards the Paraná River that invites you to contemplate the marvel of creation, especially at sunset.
There, Mary, queen of all creation, the woman “clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head” (Rev 12:1), receives her children and teaches them to look at this world with wiser eyes.
To contemplate creation is to listen to a message from God
Pope Francis, in his encyclical Laudato Si, reminds us that “The history of one’s friendship with God always unfolds in a geographical space that becomes a very personal sign, and each of us keeps in memory places whose memory does him much good (LS, 84).
This contemplation of creation allows us to discover, through everything, some teaching that God wants to transmit to us, because “for the believer, to contemplate creation is also to listen to a message, to hear a paradoxical and silent voice (LS, 85)” (LS, 85).
One and Triune Lord,
precious community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe
where everything speaks to us of you.
From “Christian Prayer with Creation” – LS, 246
Original: Spanish. Translation: Maria Fischer @schoenstatt.org