Greetings from the Confidentia Shrine,
Father Kentenich often quoted a word from Blaise Pascal: “God writes with lion’s claws”. All the reactions stirred up by the corona pandemic give the impression of such a powerful handwriting. What is happening now is beyond the ordinary. Many, even those who don’t seek and ask for God behind the events of history, feel that it’s about fundamental questions. What is happening at the moment is gripping us more than usual in the depth of our hearts. More and more voices are coming forward, trying to decipher and understand the message of corona.
The image of the “lion’s claws” points to the power that is in a lion. Like the thread of being attacked by a lion, covid-19 is shaking our self-confidence and comfortable lifestyle, which doesn’t worry about the resources of the world as long as we have it all.
Jesus himself speaks of the signs of the times that we should learn to see and interpret. By that he means more than a good analysis of trends and developments. It goes beyond to respond practically to a wide range of challenges. It is a real spiritual task to discover in the signs of the time the handwriting of God. Whether we think of the biblical plagues in the Old Testament or think of the call to repentance which pervades the sermon of Jesus. At issue is growth of a more genuine faith, a more unreserved trust, and of a greater love.
As joyful apostles living the covenant, the claws with which God writes through corona or through the recent accusations of our father and founder have a personal message to each of us. Are we willing to grow even if this growing involves pain? Can we believe that the current trials are part of God’s plan of love to open new horizons? Do I believe that God uses corona to deepen my faith, hope, and love? In Schoenstatt we have the experience of Dachau, exile, and now corona. Do we trust that ”the mighty stones which were meant for our destruction [will become] a powerful stairway which lead us safely to God and into the world of our mission and task? (cf. 2nd Founding Document). Will the current sufferings destroy us or give us wings to fly?
In the Confidentia Shrine we pray that all our wings grow stronger,
Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary