Lead from the Shrine… Cause of our Joy

Why did we choose “Cause of Our Joy” as the name for our home shine?

Simply said…. this title in the litany of the holy Rosary always settles deep in our hearts. The Blessed Mother says her YES in her fiat and heaven rejoices and earth receives the Savior! The Blessed Mother urges Jesus for his first miracle and the wedding couple receives not only more, but the choicest wine for their celebration! At the foot of the cross, Jesus gave his mother to us and she becomes our mother too! Mary is the purest and most perfect vessel of God’s love and unites her motherly tenderness to that perfection making us, her children, the most blessed benefactors! This is the joy of our lives!!!…. That the sweet Mother of God is our mother too!

On a practical level, it is a blessing to walk by our home shrine, which was dedicated in 1997, and see one of our children sitting there staring at our MTA.  With the onset of the Covid virus, our family was able to experience the extension of the graces that come from the shrine in our home shrine.  Since all of the churches were closed, we were able to livestream and celebrate Holy Mass(es) in our home shrine.  It is our place of comfort and joy, but also the place where we can take our sorrows and struggles to our Blessed Mother.

Elsa and Luis Dominguez, Austin, TX

Apostolic Family Federation

Greetings for October 15th!

Schoenstatters around the world prepare to celebrate the founding day of Schoenstatt on October 18, 1914. Last weekend the leaders of the league branches of the USA gathered at the International Center in Waukesha, WI to discern the course of the new Schoenstatt Year.

The convention took place at a critical time in history. The pandemic, local and international conflicts, growing impact of climate change, migration, forms of injustice, racism, violence, and persecution are just a few of the challenges we all are facing. Four catch words often characterize our reaction to these challenges: Fight, Flight, Freeze, or Fooling around!

For us who have made the covenant of love, the words of the Second Founding Document challenge us to take a different approach. Father Kentenich told us:

“To her [our Mother and Queen of Schoenstatt] we owe the great grace that all the mighty stones which are meant for our destruction become a powerful stairway which lead us safely to God and into the world of our mission and task.”

Indeed, the covenant of love enables us to respond to our needs and sufferings with trust in Divine Providence and charity to all.

Please join us in person or virtually on October 18 for the covenant renewal celebration the Confidentia Shrine. We will begin at 5pm with adoration, followed by holy Mass and the renewal of our covenant of love.

United in the covenant of love and praying for all of your intentions in the Confidentia Shrine!

Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary