Story of our Home Shrine
This is the story of two Home Shrines becoming one.
Bernard had enthroned Our Blessed Mother on December 10, 2005 as “Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces” and crowned her “Queen of Peace; Rosa Elena enthroned our Blessed Mother on September 11, 2006 as “Queen of Peace”.
We got married on August 4, 2018 at the Schoenstatt Shrine in Austin.
A question was at the top of our mind: how could our two Home Shrines become one? We wondered whether the situation had occurred previously and how we should go about it. We asked a few Schoenstatt Fathers and Sisters the question but never got a definitive answer.
While celebrating Easter 2022 with Fr. Christian Christensen (who married us), we decided to set a date, without knowing how we would go about it. We knew the most important thing was to contribute to the Capital of Grace. We also thought it was important to go to the source of graces and with this in mind, we made several pilgrimages to the Schoenstatt Shrines in Lamar, Austin, and San Antonio, asking our Blessed Mother to guide us.
Our Blessed Mother finally set the date on July 22, 2022. Fr. Christian (84) drove from Austin to our home in Nassau Bay, Texas.
We prepared the MTA picture that had been in Rosa Elena’s Home Shrine to be the MTA in our new Shrine. We enthroned the MTA picture that had been in Bernard’s Shrine’s in our bedroom, above a small altar with the Unity Cross and a picture of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart. We chose our symbols. We prepared our prayers.
We enthroned our Blessed Mother as “Queen of Peace”.
It was a beautiful and moving ceremony, followed by a Holy Mass. A few friends accompanied us. It was simpler that what we had thought.
October, the month dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary, invites us to contemplate the life of Jesus and of Mary. The joyful mysteries draw our attention to the incarnation of the divine Word, the luminous mysteries direct our gaze to the public ministry of Jesus, through which he reveals to us the mystery of his person and mission; the sorrowful mysteries summons us to accompany our Lord on the way to his crucifixion, and in the glorious mysterious ponder the Easter event and the completion of human life in eternal communion with God. By immersing ourselves in the life of the Savior and his Mother, we also immerse ourselves in the central events of the faith and thus in the mystery of redemption.
By contemplating the different movements of the life of Jesus and his mother, we catch a glimpse of their personalities. Our faith becomes personal. In this way, the rosary becomes an encounter with God and His providing care for us his children. In turn, the contemplation of each of the mysteries reveals the mystery of our very own, personal life and path of salvation.
How can people of this modern day and age come to a personal encounter with the loving, merciful God? This question moved Father Kentenich when he together with the seminarians founded Schoenstatt on October 18, 1914, 108 years ago!
For the Schoenstatt Family around the world, October is our founding month, reminding us of our roots! On October 18, 1914, nobody could have imagined that a net of shrines would develop from this inconspicuous little chapel in Schoenstatt, Germany. In all our shrines – also in our home and heart shrines – heaven touches earth and we receive the pilgrimage graces of home, inner transformation, and apostolic fruitfulness. The shrine allows us to breathe in a supernatural, sacred atmosphere that permits us to live in heaven, so to speak. The covenant of love is the magic wand so to speak, the source of our founder’s and our confidence, joy, and victory! For this tremendous gift we thank on October 18 and whenever the local Schoenstatt Family gathers to celebrate.
Please join us on October 23 at the Confidentia Shrine for the celebration of Schoenstatt’s founding. We also invite you to join us in praying the novena leading up to October 18, found at: https://schoenstatt-lamar.us/blog/
With prayers for many covenant blessings,
Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary
Come to visit the Blessed Mother at the Schoenstatt Shrine in Lamar for an afternoon of Eucharistic adoration, prayers, songs and fellowship in celebration of 108 years of the covenant of love and 63 years of our Confidentia Shrine!
This year we will have a unique program with an afternoon celebration, so please check the flyer for the details and feel free to pass it on so that your friends, family members and fellow parishoners can meet the Schoenstatt family and have a close encounter with our Lord and the Blessed Mother.
We look forward to seeing you there!
More information can be found here in our calendar: https://schoenstatt-lamar.us/events/october/