As all of us know and have experienced, countless changes and transitions have taken place due to our current circumstance. Even the simplest things of our daily lives have had to undergo certain changes, some of which require sacrifice on our part.
I, along with the other Schoenstatt leaders, knew that we could not have our summer camp at Lamar this year. However, despite all that was and is still taking place in our world, we realized more than ever that we had to do something for the Schoenstatt youth to remind them that nothing can stop the Blessed Mother from entering our hearts. We withhold the ability to live out the apostolate in all of life’s circumstances.
With much planning and guidance from the Blessed Mother, we created a virtual summer camp experience. Of course, we all missed the girls and would have loved for camp to be in person, but we were willing to make that sacrifice for our MTA.
We received a large response from the girls. Our goal as leaders was to make this experience as similar to the real thing as possible. By brainstorming and combining all our ideas and creativity, we did just that. The girls received their Schoenstatt t-shirts and booklets in the mail, along with many other goodies that would be incorporated into our four-day virtual camp. We were still able to have our talks and slideshows as well as fun games and crafts. The girls especially loved the tea party and fashion show! Not only that, we had the opportunity to visit the shrine virtually, united in love and prayer. It truly was a beautiful experience for all of us.
Another question that crossed our minds as we continued to plan our virtual camp was how we were going to put our camp theme into practice. Well, the physical distance was no hindrance to our spiritual unity. We lived out the camp theme Together, We Shine for Christ, by making our homes and our families our mission territory and by the offerings to the capital of grace that we made individually and as a whole.
These are things that each of us will carry beyond our virtual summer camp experience. We were blessed to have had this time to grow and further understand that as little Marys we can set the world ablaze from anywhere we may be.
Cecilia Yeretsky, Yorktown, Texas