Greetings from the Confidentia Shrine,
We are in the middle of the month of May traditionally dedicated to Our Lady. On May 1, 1945, soon after his dismissal from the concentration camp, Father Kentenich told the people who were still completely under the impression of the war experiences:
“There are words which have a unique, creative stirring sound. (…) They are like music to our ears and, like the sun in the spring after months of gloom and sadness, warm our hearts. Such words are filled with life. (…) How often we experienced this during air raids and horrific bombing attacks. The children in dark cellars were filled with fear. Suddenly the name ‘mother’ is heard, and now it is not as bad anymore. The children feel safe, protected, and secure with their mother. … We feel like these children.”
Haven’t we experienced a similar situation? During the pandemic, while we live through many dark spaces or dreadful situations, we were not left alone. Our Blessed Mother is with us, she takes us by the hand and leads us towards the light. Therefore it is only fitting that we thank and honor her during these 31 days with many ‘May flowers’, our deeds of perfect charity to all.
During this month, Pope Francis invites us on a worldwide pilgrimage. Every day, we travel spiritually to a Marian Shrine where we pray for a specific intention assigned by the Holy Father. Perhaps you would like to join in this Marian Marathon and thereby learn more about the many ways the Blessed Mother has proven her love for her children throughout time (see list). As Schoenstatt children, we make it a daily practice to (spiritually) visit the shrine. During this month, several pilgrimages will take place to the Confidentia Shrine. Perhaps you can join one of these or come on your own. Let us honor our MTA, the Queen of May, “not only for one day but for a whole month; for thirty-one days we may jubilate and congratulate” (Father Kentenich, May 1, 1945).
Please know that we pray daily for you and your intentions in the Confidentia Shrine!
Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary