covenant of love Tag

FRANCIS AT WYD2016 IN POLOND, by Maria Fischer • “God saves us, then by making himself little, near and real.” These were the three words in Pope Francis’ homily at the Shrine of Our Lady of Jasna Gora.  When Pope Francis visits a Marian shrine, he is at home.  She is his mother, as he admitted to Fr. Alexandre Awi in a long interview about his encounters with Mary.  But his love for Mary is always organic, it comes from God and leads to Him, comes from people and leadsRead More
ARGENTINA, by María Fischer • “Today I am 40 years old,” joyfully said a woman who seemed much younger. Her two little children were on her lap. And before everyone could sing “Happy Birthday,” she surprised everyone with her announcement: “We are going to get married…” From the stairs outdoors, where most of the men stayed, a faint, distant voice could be heard echoing her statement: “Yes, it is true, we are going to get married”. There was spontaneous and sincere applause. “You should know he was an alcoholic,” CristinaRead More
ITALY, Salvatore Rallo, Claudia Geraci, Antonella Raimondi • Finally also in Vicari, a small town inland from Palermo, on Friday, June 10, 2016, thirteen missionary women have sealed the Covenant of Love with our Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt. It took a year of preparation, but thanks to the constant and committed participation of the missionaries, our “provocations” – which at times have possibly been or even been seemingly excessive – we have reached this milestone. The promptings have had a positive effect when they were a stimulus and whenRead More
CHILE/PORTUGAL, by José Cravo • It’s been ten years since Gonçalo left Portugal for Chile to begin his postulancy and then his novitiate in Paraguay. It seems like it was yesterday. Actually, it was about 12 years ago when Gonçalo told us about his vocation to the priesthood and that he was going to enter the Institute of the Schoenstatt Fathers. It was a Sunday evening in February. The news was not a surprise for his mother. As for me, I didn’t sleep that night! Out of joy, uncertainty, emotion…andRead More
ECUADOR, by Fernando Gonzáles and Maria Fischer • “We are very enthusiastic as we look forward to this 18th,” wrote Fernando González, a missionary of the Pilgrim Mother from Salinas, in the province of Santa Elena, in Ecuador. A few days prior, he had contacted the schoenstatt.org editorial team with a simple question: “How does one organize an 18th?” With a little bit of material and a lot of encouragement, he convoked the other missionaries to find a location and to prepare everything. He promised to send photos and theRead More
MÉXICO, by Cristel Amellaly González Galavis, Girls’ Youth from Monclova, Coah. México • You do not realize how much you want, or how much you love something until you experience it in every part of your being. It is like most things when you become interested in a person or a new activity. First you arrive at something completely unknown, then you try to learn something and the deeper you get, the smaller you feel before the magnitude of what it is, and consequently, you become more interested. That happenedRead More
From Archbishop em. Robert Zollitsch DD, Freiburg, for schoenstatt.org – a contribution to the series: What does the Holy Year of Mercy mean? • On 13 March 2013 Francis was elected Pope. On Sunday 17 March he prayed the Sunday Angelus on St Peter’s Square for the first time. On that occasion he told the people, “In these days I read a book by a good theologian, a really good theologian, Cardinal Walter Kasper. The book did me so much good, so much good. Cardinal Kasper said that everything changesRead More
ITALY, by Pamela Fabiano • The Roman family participated in the Covenant of Love of three girls from the Girls’ Youth on 18 December, at Cor Ecclesiae Shrine, Via Aurelia Antica, Rome. It had been several years since a Covenant of Love had been celebrated within the Italian Girls’ Youth, and not because the Blessed Mother had not called the girls’ hearts to herself. The desire to entrust their lives to the Blessed Mother, will all that it entails, and to allow themselves to be educated by her, was veryRead More
PARAGUAY, by Amada Girett, Mima Cordona and Maria Fischer • On 8 December 2015, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the opening of the Holy Year of Mercy, the missionaries of the Rosary Campaign crowned the Blessed Mother as QUEEN OF EVANGELIZATION at the wayside shrine “Puerta del Cielo” [Door to Heaven], which is located in the Portal Sinuelo at Santa Rita, Paraguay. Many neighbors and Fr. Jorge, the pastor of the place, accompanied them. Fr. Jorge has always accompanied the Campaign! “What a fruitful year in Santa Rita!”,Read More
BOLIVIA, by Juan José Rocha • La Paz, Achumani, 21 November 2015. Today, twenty-three years ago or more precisely 8,400 days ago, our Achumani Shrine was blessed during a solemn celebration. On the afternoon of another anniversary of the blessing of the Shrine, sixteen couples sealed their Covenant of Love with the Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt in a grace-filled ceremony. Mother’s doing I recall a funny story in which St. Peter is very concerned upon noticing the presence of some souls, who he did not rememberRead More