“… Jesus summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” (Mark 8:34)
It was during one of our deserts, i.e., a day of prayer, at Lamar, that I came upon this passage. This was a great moment of DIVINE GRACE. I was touched very deeply by it. I prayed and asked God, “Lord help me to carry my cross with patience and love.” After meditating for a while, I walked slowly to the shrine, went inside and then, it hit me. As I looked at our Mother Thrice Admirable, I knew that SHE was my answer. I was overwhelmed with tears of JOY.
A few months later, Carlos and I, joined Jose and Maria Rodriguez, and several other couples for some special talks about Schoenstatt. Soon after, we made our Covenant of Love at a couples retreat in the spring of 2005. As our love for our Mother Thrice Admirable grew, we talked with Sr M Daniela Rensing, about preparing us for our home shrine. Our home shrine was dedicated on September 4, 2011, as Mother of Faith, Hope and Love. During the beginning years of the recent pandemic, we crowned her as, “Queen and Refuge of our Family.”
We are on pilgrimage here on earth and are very blessed to know that we have a mother in heaven who is always there for us, to guide and to teach us the way to holiness.
We are Carlos and Ana Rosa Everett originally from Corpus Christi, and now more recently living in San Antonio, Texas. We have been blessed with 2 sons, Carlos Jr. and his wife, Amanda; Christopher Javier and his wife, Ashley; and our daughter Celeste Marie and her husband, Edison. We have been blessed with 6 grandchildren—5 living and one deceased.
Ana Rosa and Carlos Everett, San Antonio, TX
Apostolic Family Federation, USA