Happy Covenant Day!

18th Impulse -December 2023

Dear Schoenstatt Mothers and friends,
Blessings as we celebrate the last Covenant Day of 2023! We join together as Living Monstrance in this season of Advent, preparing our hearts for the birth of baby Jesus by being Christ bearers, Christ bringers, and Christ servers. The image above is from the Schoenstatt Shrine near Homestead, Florida (close to Miami). The Schoenstatt Mothers branch from Archdiocese of Miami have a beautiful monstrance as you can see in the above image. I had the privilege at the beginning of December to visit the shrine: Light and Way to the Merciful Father.

During this Advent season, we are blessed to celebrate special Mary days. On December 8, we celebrated our national Patroness of the United States: Mary, the Immaculate Conception. Then on December 12, we honor Mary as Our Lady of Guadalupe the Patroness of the Americas and of the Unborn. Here are some inspirations on our dear Mother and Queen for these celebrations.
  • Mary, Immaculate: Read a reflection on this great gift Mary received. Quotes from our father and founder, Father Joseph Kentenich, show his great love for Mary as the Immaculata. This image of Mary was one of his favorites.
  • Tota Pulcha: Immaculate Conception is a presentation on video from Sr. Ann Astell, a Schoenstatt Sister of Mary and professor at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. This presentation was part of the Saturdays with the Saints that is a popular pregame tradition during the Fighting Irish football home games.
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe: Read about the blessing we receive from our Patroness of the Americas and the parallels found with Schoenstatt.
If you missed this live stream, here is the link to the video. Included: History of the home shrines, witnesses to the blessing of the home shrine, and the holy Mass in the Schoenstatt Shrine in Milwaukee (Exile Shrine).
2022 Feb 18 covenant renewal

18th Options

  • Visit our Covenant Queen in the Original Shrine via livestream webcam at the link below.
  • Listen to Julia Monnin's 18th of the month podcast for inspirations for living our covenant in daily life.
  • Join the online bilingual covenant renewal at the National Schoenstatt Shrine in the USA - Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Capital of Grace
Don't forget to offer your capital of grace from the past month. These large or small contributions placed into our MTA's hands can contribute to helping her lift up the hearts of people who need hope. Submit your contributions at the provided link.

Other inspirations for the Advent season

St. Joseph in Advent: Meditate upon Schoenstatt's founder's insight on St. Joseph preparing for Jesus' birth.

International Women's Day reflection: on how Mary shows us what is best in being a woman. This reflection was written by Bárbara de Franceschi, Spain

Gender ideology's premises and effects: Take time to watch the 90 minute encore video presentation by Abigail Favale who gives insightful Catholic perspective on this issue.
During the busy seasons of Advent and Christmas, I dare you to take time before our Lord in Adoration. He is the reason for the season. Adoration is also encouraged by the Schoenstatt Mothers with their SEED project to Spiritually Encourage and exercise Eucharistic Devotion. Here are two other videos that can inspire your Advent longing for Jesus and his presence in our life.
  • Advent meditation: An encore presentation from the 100 anniversary of women in Schoenstatt. To open video please use PASSWORD: Reflection
  • Longing for Light: An Advent video from Sr. Francine Marie and Sr. M. Anrika from their youtube program: Beyond Ordinary. The video is in German but has English subtitles.
‚ÄčLet us become " Christ-bearers for our times" so that our families will find peace in each heart especially during this time of Advent and Christmas.

  • For women who struggle with mental health issues and for their families and friends to offer appropriate support.
  • For those who have recently lost loved ones, that they may find consolation.
  • For those who care for persons with physical and mental disabilities, that the hidden jewel of Jesus' presence may be found in them.
  • That all the sick, especially those who are recovering from surgery may experience the love and support of others during their time of recovery.
  • For the poor, the hungry, and the homeless, especially those who have lost hope, that they may experience "light breaking through the night from Schoenstatt."
  • That all persons whose lives are in danger, especially those unborn, receive strength and safety.
  • For those who suffer from hunger, neglect, or abuse, and for our loved ones who have passed from our midst.
  • For God’s holy Church, that through an increased love for and devotion to Mary we ask her to intercede the graces we need to imitate her virtues.
  • For our Schoenstatt family, that we may bear witness as a eucharistic community, celebrating God’s wondrous deeds.
  • For the entire body of Christ, that hearts and minds be renewed by the mystery of Christmas.
  • For victims of religious persecution and oppression, especially in the Holy Land.
  • For all who find the holidays to be challenging and stressful, whether it be due to the loss of family members or a sense of alienation. May they find peace of heart.
  • For the forgotten who live on the margins of society; for the wisdom to see and respond to their needs.
  • For our Schoenstatt family, that the mystery we celebrate in the miracle of the holy night, of God becoming man, renews us in body, mind, and spirit.
  • For your intentions ...
You know the way, you know the time.
Into your hands we trustingly place them.
Your plan is born of perfect love.
You know the way. That is enough.
On a lighter note: The light of Christ will shine! Thanks to all who helped with our adopt a light fundraiser. New lights will shine in the Father Kentenich Hall in 2024!

Blessed rest of Advent as we prepare for the re-birth of Jesus at Christmas, may he find our hearts open for him through living the covenant of love with our Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen, and Victress of Schoenstatt. Sursum Corda! We lift up our hearts and the hearts of the whole Church and world. We give thanks to our heavenly Father for the gift of the Savior who comes to us again in the form of a baby and as he continues to come to us in his Eucharistic presence.

Praying for you in our National Schoenstatt Shrine here in Waukesha - our International Shrine of the Father Kingdom. A special thanks to Annie Gonzales for helping find the articles for this 18th impulse and for writing the petitions.

"Mary" Christmas and a blessed New Year!

In Gratitude,
Sr. M. Deanne Niehaus
Schoenstatt Mothers
For current information on Schoenstatt go to the official International Website