Happy Birthday Schoenstatt - 109 years old!

18th Impulse - October 2023

Dear Schoenstatt Mothers and friends,
Blessings as we celebrate Schoenstatt's 109th founding anniversary. At the present time we have wars in the Middle East and in the Ukraine. When Schoenstatt was founded on October 18, 1914, Father Kentenich extended to the young men, soon to be soldiers in the First World War, what had helped him in difficult times: being dedicated to Mary. The old tool shed, a former St. Michael's chapel, was cleaned up and at the 5:00 pm meeting, Father Kentenich shared with them his idea: Maybe this place could become a place of pilgrimage for them, for Germany, and for the whole world. If they would offer their prayer, their diligent fulfillment of their duties, and their efforts at self-education, into Mary's hands in the chapel, they could gently draw her down into the chapel where she could live in their midst. Over these 109 years our Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen, and Victress of Schoenstatt has fulfilled this wish again and again by bestowing gifts and graces in abundance. She will continue to do so if we follow the founding generation's example of filling our Lady's capital of grace. Here are some resources that inspire you for Schoenstatt's 109th birthday:
  • 109 Years of Schoenstatt History: Read what the Pontifical Council for the Laity has on file for the Schoenstatt Movement and it's founding history.
  • Seed for a New World: View the one hour video on YouTube made by Schoenstatt young adults after the 2014 centennial celebration in Schoenstatt, Germany.
  • Covenant of Love in difficult times - Read the article about how Schoenstatt's covenant of love can help us in the challenges of life just as it helped Father Joseph Kentenich and the first young men who sealed their covenant of love on October 18, 1914.
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.

Prayer Intentions

Spiritually in the Original Shrine and in our home and heart shrines we pray ...
  • For peace in the world especially in Israel, Palestine, and the whole Middle East.
  • For peace between Ukraine and Russia.
  • For all the participants in the Synod on Synodality that the Holy Spirit may guide the discussions.
  • For all people affected by natural disasters.
  • For the sick and terminally ill.
  • For those who have lost loved ones in recent weeks and months.
  • For those who experience conflict in their families - please intercede peace.
  • For peace of heart with parish changes and mergers.
  • For young people to be open to God's call in a vocation to consecrated life, chaste single life, or to holy matrimony.
  • 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.

Insight into Synod

We continue to keep the Synod on Synodality in our prayers. Here is an article about Bishop Ramón Alfredo de La Cruz Baldera, from the Schoenstatt Institute of Diocesan Priests, in the Dominican Republic. See his view on what Schoenstatt can contribute to the discussions in Rome.
Here are three inspirational articles for you this month to lift up your hearts.
  • Renew your home shrine: On November 18, 1963, the life stream of the Home Shrine was established in Milwaukee. You are invited to consider how you can renew your home shrine with this inspiring article.
  • Schoenstatt new beginning in France: At the place where Joseph Engling, one of the first young men in Schoenstatt, died during the First World War, read how the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary have made a new beginning at this important place.
  • First Daughter Shrine celebrates 80 years of blessings: On October 18, 1943, the first daughter shrine was dedicated in Uruguay, South America. What a blessings have flowed from the daughter shrines that have come forth because of this courageous act during the Second World War.
In this covenant month as we rejoice in Schoenstatt's founding, we remember our intention to Spiritually Encourage Eucharistic Devotion as Living Monstrance in the time of the Eucharistic Revival. We lift up our hearts, sursum corda, thanking our heavenly Father for Our Lord's presence in the Eucharist. We ask our Lord Jesus in adoration and in Holy Communion to help peace come into the world. May we never be too busy to bring our personal concerns and those of our neighbors, country, Church, and world to him.

In Gratitude,
Sr. M. Deanne Niehaus
Schoenstatt Mothers
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