18 October Tag

18 OCTOBER IN SCHOENSTATT, Maria Fischer • “What does it mean for an Argentinian who visits Schoenstatt for 18 October when the Mass and sermon centre on the German Movement’s motto for the year?” Daniel Martino, a member of the Family Federation, reflected for a moment, smiled and answered: “That’s just what I expected. The ‘Germanness’ of Schoenstatt! Nevertheless we had headphones and translation. And the sermon was powerful. It called for such radical openness that it was immaterial that it reflected on the German motto for the year. ItRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Roberto M. González • All of us who have had the grace, as some like to say, to visit Schoenstatt – Original Schoenstatt – with its forests, houses and shrines, have fallen in love with the place, its peace and its beauty. Independent of the season during which we visit Schoenstatt, we feel at home, both for its family-like hospitality and the place itself. It is a dream and a blessing to be in this “Land so warm and dear”. –   For many it is an incalculablyRead More
PARAGUAY, Laura Andrea Barrios • It was a great challenge experiencing the Covenant Celebration on October 18th this year in Encarnación, which is in the midst of a spiritual conquest of the South’s daughter shrine. The Work Council began preparations during previous months and with the distribution of tasks — During the novena, it rained almost every day. Meanwhile we were very close together in the Casita de la Mater (the Blessed Mother’s Little House) which Frs. Oscar Saldívar and Santiago Cacavelos baptized as the “joyful and pious Little House.”Read More
PARAGUAY, Martín Pereira • Yes, this time we’re a Schoenstatt “that’s coming back.” All year we go out with our Pilgrim Mothers to visit families, schools, and hospitals transmitting our covenant culture in every community of our country. But on October 18th, the missionaries of the Rosary Campaign came from the most distance places to visit our Schoenstatt Mother in Tupãrenda. — On the eve of October 18th, all the missionaries interrupted the Pilgrim Mother’s travel, we gathered money that was saved, and from allover, we began the going toRead More
PARAGUAY, Fr. Antonio Cosp Fontclara • Yes, it is not easy to get over the amazement! Like over the last few years, we welcomed approximately 40,000 pilgrims. Many of them left the night before to arrive at dawn, so Tupãrenda was filled with voices and joy since early morning. More than 2,000 missionaries, men and women, solemnly renewed their annual commitment and many others came to seal their covenant of love. The day’s four Masses were filled with a shade-seeking multitude. Three Masses were offered from the portico of HolyRead More
PARAGUAY, Sandra Lezcano • Today my alarm clock rang three hours earlier than usual. I had to do my work at the office so I could leave early for Tupãrenda. Early on, my cell phone’s screen displayed a number of messages on social media that needed to be read. There was no doubt that it was a special day. I greeted the Blessed Mother in my Home Shrine telling her about my plans to leave work early so I could visit her in the afternoon at the Tupãrenda Shrine. IRead More
Fr. Guillermo Carmona • Every year on 18 October, we celebrate the patronal feast of our Shrine. The date reminds us of its importance and gives us the opportunity to reflect: how important is this place for me? What do I find here? Why do I keep coming back? Here, in this place where we belong, we give homage to our Patroness and express our gratitude and joy. The Shrine is our spiritual home, it belongs to us, it is possibly the most beautiful and visible thing we have andRead More
COSTA RICA, Michelle Ramírez de Monturiol • “We have already experienced that 18ths are filled with heavenly graces, but today was very special for us, the teachers from Mary’s Garden. The experience of each one of the children made every moment worthwhile. The children from Mary’s Garden prepared to sing to the Blessed Mother with their favorite songs, such as Mary of the Covenant, Mary, Look at Me, The Virgin of Nazareth and many others, on a day, when our Family of Hope Shrine celebrated seven months since its blessing.Read More

Posted On 26.10.2017In Covenant Life

To serve is to love

PARAGUAY, Sandra Lezcano • Once again the magnanimous love from the Blessed Mother’s hand was seen in their work. On this October 18, no one’s title was greater than another’s: businessmen directing traffic in the parking lot, executives serving water to pilgrims, or doctors acting as patients. In a nutshell, people, who usually lack time to complete their many activities, left it all for love of the Blessed Mother, and they voluntarily placed themselves at her service. Dressed in white, the Sisters of Mary were seen helping with everything, discreetly,Read More
COSTA RICA, Gonzalo Vega and Maria Fischer • On the eve of the first Covenant Day of the year 2017, we looked toward Costa Rica, where in two months’ time, on 18 March, Central America’s greatly anticipated first Shrine will be blessed. Many share the dream of a woman from Germany: “May we spiritually unite to the blessing of Costa Rica’s Shrine during all the Covenant Masses, and perhaps, even with some prayer that they are praying in Costa Rica.  Family from Costa Rica will you give us this gift?”Read More