Lead from the Shrine… Veritatem in Caritate

Our Home Shrine was dedicated on May 18, 2018, under the name Veritatem in Caritate (speaking truth in charity).  For at least a year prior my husband, an entrepreneur, kept saying that he felt we should have a business with the name Veritas in the title.  He wasn’t sure what kind of business, but the name kept returning to him strongly.  As we prepared for our Home Shrine dedication, we began to discern the name in earnest.  Reading the Magnificat for the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Bishop Barron’s reflection jumped out at me.  So much so, that I tore it from the book and have since framed it and placed it on our Shrine.  Bishop Barron quotes Cardinal Francis George saying, “You cannot simply drop the truth on people and then walk away, convinced that you’ve done your duty.  Rather, once you tell your people the truth, you must be committed to helping them integrate that truth into their lives.” 

This simple, yet profound and challenging statement solidified the name for our Home Shrine in our hearts.  I guess you can say we are in the “business” of helping one another integrate truth into our lives. It has been no small challenge to face the truth of our sinfulness and allow Mary to transform us and our relationships.  In our world truth has been distorted and confused by the father of lies. 

As we seek to live out Schoenstatt’s ideal of being new personalities and families for a new world, we take the name of our Shrine to heart as our family mission.  It is not enough to speak truth, to be right about an issue.  We must be willing to go deeper into relationship with others through prayer, edifying words, as well as corporal and spiritual acts of mercy. It begins with self-education and flows out “like ripples in the water” as Fr. Kentenich has said. 

This year’s motto Lead from the Shrine with Trust in Divine Providence and Charity to All   reminds us to look to our Home Shrine first.  Turn to God and Our Blessed Mother first before every decision or action.  What does she tell us?  What is the mission that has been entrusted to us?  Begin there.

Jill and Patrick Mach

Schoenstatt Family League, North Texas

Greetings for August 15th!

Greetings from the Confidentia Shrine,

“And the Heavens burst into song;

the angels with joy sang along.

Creation was silent with awe

for God had called you home!”

This refrain of a popular Schoenstatt Song invites us to join today’s celebration of the Assumption of our Blessed Mother into heaven. What happened on that day? And how is Mary’s Assumption different from any other saint in heaven?

Already in 1941, long before the solemn proclamation of the dogma on November 1, 1950, Father Kentenich explained that in her, who is in heaven with body and soul, we honor the only human being with a totally integrated and redeemed personality, the ideal of the fully redeemed person. Schoenstatt’s founder emphasized that Mary’s Assumption into heaven teaches us the meaning and aim of our human existence. Our Lady is the exemplar for all of humanity because of her faithful and generous cooperation with grace throughout her earthly pilgrimage.

Applied to our year’s motto, Mary of Nazareth led herself be completely guided by trust in Divine Providence: from the Annunciation to Bethlehem, Egypt, and all the way to Golgotha she never turned her back on God’s will. Her life became fruitful by bringing Charity personified, Christ our Lord, to All!

”What does the dogma of the …bodily assumption of the Mother of God into heaven tell us?” Father Kentenich directed this question to the leaders of the Schoenstatt Family in October 1950, two weeks before the solemn proclamation of the dogma. Here is his answer which we may want to ponder these days: “Each body … is intended and called by God to bear Christ; each body is intended and called by God to once participate like … the Mother of God … in the glory of heaven.  Obviously … these truths are threatened to such a degree nowadays that God had to apply the means of a dogma.”

We have made a covenant of love with her who is our Mother and Queen. In gratitude for this singular gift, we sisters will sing the fifth verse of the above mentioned song and ask you to sing along:   

“In Schoenstatt you live in our small paradise;

it’s heaven to be with you in the shrine.

Our longing for heaven increases much more

since that is what God has created us for.”

Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary