By Carol Mechler, IL
Reaching out to others with joy to proclaim the message of the Gospel, which we live and are a witness of, is the challenge and duty given us, the laity, in this new time of evangelization for the Church. Thankfully, we have our Blessed Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt and Queen of the Three Graces on the Move to help us achieve this challenge, this duty.
Our Pilgrim MTA’s task and mission from the Schoenstatt Shrine is to continually bring Jesus, her Son, anew to the world. She wants to conquer the hearts of many who long to be close to God in their daily lives. She brings the light and hope of the Lord into the lives of those who work with and receive her. She intercedes the Three Graces of the Shrine to support religious and moral renewal of individuals, families, and family life. Our Blessed Mother needs willing and capable instruments to help her achieve her task and mission.
Our MTA calls us and gives us a home in the Shrine where she forms us to be her willing and capable instruments, then sends us out with her and Jesus through her Pictures of Grace with a spirit of Marian Covenant Love so that many others may know all about the blessings awaiting them in the Shrine. This is the work of the Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother, an Apostolate of Evangelization and Renewal within the Catholic Church. It is for us, the laity, to help us reach out to others and share the Good News of the Gospel. We are blessed to have such a powerful tool to use to touch peoples’ lives, to bring Christ and Mary to homes and parishes, everywhere where they are needed.
Dear Blessed Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt and Queen of the Three Graces on the Move, visit us your children. Walk among us, comfort us, care for us, and heal our hearts with your motherly love. Bring Jesus into our homes our Domestic Church, into the homes of our dear ones who are sick, into our hospitals and nursing homes, everywhere where you and Jesus are needed. Distribute the Three Pilgrimage Graces of the Shrine to warm our cold hearts, to renew us in our faith, and to deepen our personal love for Jesus your Son. With the Three Pilgrimage Graces, educate us and form us into the New Persons in the New Community. Intercede for us that the wide halls of the holy Church be filled again to the praise and glory of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“Take this picture of the Blessed Mother and give it a place of honor in your home. Then your home will become a little shrine in which the picture of grace will mediate many graces, create a holy family atmosphere, and form holy family members.”
Father Joseph Kentenich, Founder of Schoenstatt