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  • February 18th, 2024

  • Marian Feast Days

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  • Blessed January 20th!

    Today we commemorate the 2nd milestone of Schoenstatt’s history.

    On this day in 1942, Father Kentenich decided to renounce the possibility of preventing his deportation to the Dachau concentration camp, understanding that God wished his liberation through the prayers and striving of the Schoenstatt family, united through the covenant of love. God, the supernatural world, the covenant of love – it is all real! Let’s include ourselves in Father Kentenich’s spirit by daring to follow God’s will in our daily lives even and especially when it goes beyond our comprehension.

  • January 18th, 2024

  • Marian Feast Days

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  • December Sursum Corda Moments …

    It’s wonderful to have a baby with you at Christmas. The first Christmas in a person’s life touches us all and gives us hope.
    But it’s not mandatory, because the baby is already here! It is lying on straw in a stable. He is our Savior, who also wants to be born in your and my heart. Let us let him in!
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  • Blessed December 15th!

    Greetings from the Confidentia Shrine!

    Marána tha – Come Lord Jesus! This longing accompanies us throughout Advent. It prepares us for the feast of Jesus’ birth. It prepares us for the coming of Jesus at the end of time. It prepares us for the coming of Jesus in our everyday lives. 

    Advent initially reminds us of the longing of Israel’s people. For centuries, they had been waiting for the coming of the Messiah. He was to establish his kingdom, which was to be a kingdom of peace, security, and prosperity. In times when they felt oppressed, Israel longed for a savior; they pinned all their hopes on the promised Messiah because, in their view, he was the only one who could change their situation for the better.

    Advent also recalls the longing of the early church. The so-called ” new way” perceived as a danger caused the persecution of the church. This new path caused questioning of the previous way of life and the previous social reality. But nobody likes to be questioned. That is why “the new way” had to disappear. In this time of need and distress, the young Christians longed for Jesus to return soon and complete the kingdom of God. 

    Advent also addresses our longing. We too experience hardship and distress, though on various levels. We experience war and terror in the Middle East, Ukraine and other countries and ask ourselves whether this might be the beginning of a third world war. We experience the challenge of climate change and economic difficulties. We are experiencing quarrels within the church… We experience very personal worries and hardships: parents worry about their children because of the ideologies surrounding them or because they have gone astray. Couples worry about their relationship because it is in crisis. A considerable number of us worry about our jobs, health, and emotional balance because our prayer life has become dry. Every person longs to be loved, accepted, and valued. 

    In these situations, the longing for a savior is also alive within us. We long for God to save us, to alleviate our suffering, to ease our worries, to solve our problems, and to give us strength in all difficulties. We long for the mercifully loving and at the same time powerfully intervening God. Come, Lord Jesus, and save us! Maránatha.

    We Sisters take all your concerns to the shrine asking that the birth of the Prince of Peace celebrated soon finds a home in the manger of your heart. Then we will experience how God takes our longing seriously and rushes to our aid,

    Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary  

  • December Sursum Corda Days!

  • Check out 2024 year’s calendar!

    The dates for events in Lamar have already been available under the calendar tab for quite some time, but now you can download and share the 2024 year’s calendar right from here. We hope to see you there!

  • November Sursum Corda Moments …

    With heartfelt love, I thank you, Mother dear,
    with you to guide me I need have no fear.
    When all around seemed dark and drear and gray,
    you stood as beacon for a brighter day.
    Your smile illumined every wakeful hour,
    you did uphold me with your gentle power.
    Thanks, a thousand thanks to you, to God shall be
    now and for all eternity.
    Amen.
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