Nos cum prole pia…
This year’s motto has a deep meaning for me. It gives life and meaning to everything I do. In times of pandemic and social unrest it reminds me of what I am here for, and whose I am.
Who is our source of joy? Is it really God? If God is our joy then nothing or no one can take that away.
I am secured in our father’s love for us.
As joyful apostles and in spite of covid19 we continue fulfilling our mission in North Texas and very specifically at St Gabriel the Archangel in McKinney.
We have been meeting faithfully every Tuesday via zoom and praying the Schoenstatt Rosary, the Prayer in Time of Need to end the pandemic, Hold the Scepter in your hands, and many others prayers.
We have also been doing the Schoenstatt Workshop with Sister M. Emilie called: “Finding my Inner Balance.”
This is a very helpful workshop since it is a program where Father Kentenich helped Sister M. Emilie to overcome fear and anxiety and lead her to the freedom of God’s children, free from compulsions and disorders.
Our times are marked by universal fear, a fear which we will be overcome only through simple, genuine childlikeness. In simple childlikeness there is an overcoming of the world
and an absolute overcoming of self.
Only a child who kno
ws of the Father’s love and might can let go and fall into his hand. Sister M. Emilie Engel experienced this time and again. For her, childlikeness did not mean subjection and dependence, but concentrated strength, fearlessness and the deep knowledge, when looking at Christ, the child of the Father, that unless you become like children you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. To be a child of the great God in Christ is the greatest gift that the heavenly Father could give us if we make ourselves available to Him.
Now that our Churches are starting to ope
Let us say with her: “Behold the Handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to your word dear Lord”
n we meet after morning holy Mass by the wayside shrine and pray there.
Early May we decided that it was time to clean up Blessed Mother’s garden as we do every year, and we gave Blessed Mother a beautiful new garden. It was a team work. I’m very grateful to the volunteers that made this possible.
On Saturday, May 23, the Mothers’ Branch crowned our Mother Thrice Admirable at a new parish in Fort Worth. The name of the Church is Immaculate Heart of Mary. It was a beautiful celebration lead by Fr. Oscar Sanchez Olvera. Blessed Mother was crowned under the title: “Queen of Physical and Spiritual Health” by over 150 parishioners. Our hearts were filled with joy. It was wonderful to see so many new faces and so open to receive our heavenly mother’s love. I was very moved to see the priest so open for Schoenstatt and I learned that he grew up going to the shrine in Querétaro, Mexico as a young boy. He is a Marian child through and through.
In everything we do we try to be a little handmaid of the Lord and bring joy to others. We are here to serve the Church and world in whatever capacity we can through our apostolic life and through a life of deep prayer in the sacraments.
The greatest sacrifice was asked of us this past Lenten season. It was not easy to not be able to attend daily holy Mass and the sacraments as usual but I could see God’s hand in this. We were ask
ed to sacrifice for a world so deeply in need of God. A world that is thirsting for Him and does not know it.
Our dear Blessed Mother has warned us again and again in her many apparitions. She continues to call us to pray, do penance and sacrifice. To turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.
To turn away from self-seeking pleasures of the flesh and give our time to God in prayer and good deeds.
We are reminded in sacred scripture that is not those who say Lord, Lord, who will enter the kingdom of heaven….but those who do the will of the Father, Jesus tell us.
From Schoenstatt Blessed Mother Thrice Admirable continues her great visitation in her pilgrim shrine and fulfilling God’s will.
She goes into homes and brings the same graces she brought to her cousin Elizabeth, She doesn’t go alone, and she brings our dear Lord with many gifts and graces.
May we all become more aware of the divine activit
y Blessed Mother wants to do from Schoenstatt and give her a willing ‘yes” to be her instruments, from the smallest things to the greatest.
This year we, the Mothers’ branch in Texas, celebrate 50 years. How proud I am to be a part of this wonderful school of education that Schoenstatt is with Blessed Mother as our teacher.
I also want to thank all those who are part of it. Each of you are an inspiration to me and all of us.