| Dear Schoenstatt Mothers and friends,
| Many Covenant Day greetings as we enjoy the summer days of July. We come to our Covenant Mother and Queen either physically or spiritually and renew the covenant of love together with the whole Schoenstatt family. We continue to lead from the shrine with trust in divine providence and show charity to all!
| I would like to share with you some highlights from the National Mothers Leaders Workshop. The mothers chose to emphasize the initiative of the United States Bishops Conference's Eucharistic Revival summed up with the word: SEED. Spiritually Encourage Eucharistic Devotion. Schoenstatt is an apostolic movement in the Church and in the next two years, we can go with the Church in this initiative to help people, young and old, experience Jesus is really present in the Eucharist. Here is the closing prayer from the workshop:
| Dear Blessed Mother, Joyful Living Monstrance,
| We thank you for this grace-filled workshop. We thank you for giving your fiat that brought the humanity of your Son into the world. Through the intercession of our father and founder we offer you our longing to cultivate the SEED of Schoenstatt through spiritually encouraging Eucharistic devotion. Use us as instruments of invitation, radiating authentic joy, for the renewal of the Church and world, deeply rooted in the charism of Father Kentenich. Moving, forward, we trust, Mother, that you will take perfect care. Amen.
| Eucharistic Revival 2022-2024. This fits with our ideal of Living Monstrance to strive to be a Christ bearer, Christ bringer and Christ server. Maybe you can come up with creative ways of promoting the love for the Eucharist with your family, through your groups, with the Schoenstatt family in your diocese, or in your parishes. Here are some resources that might be helpful.
- Read about the Corpus Christi outdoor procession in Schoenstatt, Germany that could take place again after the pandemic.
- See how the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is promoting return to Sunday Holy Mass with a promotion called: Come to Me.
- They also have a resource called Shoulder Tap Training that offers three video presentations on how to learn to invite others back to Church and to encounter Jesus. The one linked here is called Culture of Welcoming (Video 2 in the training). You might find helpful ideas of how to share the SEED especially when we want to reach out to others among our family, friends, and neighbors.
Visit our MTA on the 18th
| Give joy to our Covenant Queen by paying her a visit the Original Shrine via livestream webcam at the link below. Thank our MTA for the many blessings we have received in the past month. Julia Monnin's 18th of the month podcast also provides covenant of love renewal inspirations for daily life. Or join the online bilingual covenant renewal at the National Schoenstatt Shrine in the USA - Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Capital of Grace
| Don't forget to take a few minutes to offer your capital of grace from the past month. These large or small contributions placed in to our MTA's hands can contribute to bringing peace to our world. Submit your contributions at the above provided link.
Help for the Ukraine continues
| Thank you for your generous donations for the relief efforts for the refugees from Ukraine. Read about the continued efforts from Schoenstatt for the refugees.
| Donations can continue to be made through the International Schoenstatt Website: schoenstatt.com. Donations can be specified for the relief efforts in Poland or in Germany.
Take aways from the National Mothers Leaders Workshop
| On the weekend of June 23-26, 2022, the (30) leaders from across the country attended the second National Mothers Leaders Workshop at the International Schoenstatt Center in Waukesha, Wisconsin. For the ice breaker, the mothers were invited to share their elevator speech: What is Schoenstatt to you in one sentence? After some moments of thoughtful silence, here are some sentences that you can use the next time someone asks you: What is Schoenstatt?
| Schoenstatt is my way of life, living as a little Mary.
| Schoenstatt is a gift for our times!
| Schoenstatt is a place of encounter where I meet God and the Blessed Mother
| Schoenstatt is a Catholic Marian movement which their members strive to love others by living the Gospel in their everyday life.
| Schoenstatt forms the new person in the new community in Jesus Christ through Mary.
| Mothers from areas who weren't able to attend the National Mothers Workshop sent in petitions. Here are some from the Schoenstatt mothers Arizona. Let us pray...
- For all women expecting babies that an encounter with Jesus may take place so that blessing can come upon the child, mother, and father, let us pray to the Lord.
- For an end to the violence perpetrated by harsh words, deadly weapons, or cold indifference. Let us, as our Blessed Mother’s courageous instruments, protect and defend in battle all victims of violence and build havens of peace in our times and make them ready for Christ, let us pray to the Lord.
- We pray for all Schoenstatt mothers and all mothers around the world; may we be strongly rooted in our faith but flexible in action during these stormy modern times as we strive joyfully to embody Mary’s loving example as your living monstrances. May all our strivings, sufferings, and sacrifices form us into perfect instruments for our Blessed Mother, let us pray to the Lord.
| Pope Francis instituted the World Day for Grandparents in 2021. The Vatican has granted indulgences for the 2022 Day for Grandparents and Elderly. This is extends to:
| - grandparents, the elderly, and the faithful who, motivated by a true spirit of penance and charity, participate on July 24th in the solemn celebration that Pope Francis will preside over in the Vatican, or in the various functions that take place throughout the world;
| - the faithful who, on the same day, devote adequate time to visit, in person or virtually through the media, their disabled brothers and sisters in need or in difficulty (such as the sick, the abandoned, or the disabled)
| - the sick elderly and to all those who, unable to leave their homes for a serious reason, will unite spiritually with the sacred services of the World Day, offering to the Merciful God their prayers, the pains and sufferings of their lives, especially while the words of the Supreme Pontiff and the various celebrations are broadcast through the media.
| In Schoenstatt we have the lightning rod initiative where the sick and elderly can offer their contributions to the capital of grace. Father Kentenich said that the sick and elderly are the ones who bring down God's grace like a lightning rod.
| On July 16 of each year we remember the founding of the Schoenstatt Movement for Families. Enjoy a short history about this important event that took place in the prison of Dachau in 1942 during the Second World War.
| Keeping you and your family in prayer as we connect in our MTA's network of Schoenstatt shrines spreading the Schoenstatt SEED - spiritually encouraging Eucharistic devotion as Living Monstrance!
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