Training how to Relax and Rest
Annual Pilgrimage from Emsdetten to Schoenstatt
(mkf) Each year, the Schoenstatt family from Emsdetten, Münster diocese, provides a pilgrimage to Schoenstatt for all those who want to get to know this Marian place of pilgrimage or want to return there again - some do so each year. This year, a couple from the capital of Brazil joined them to visit Schoenstatt for the first time. In his sermon at the first evening of their stay, Fr. Beller presented to them a four-step training program to rest and relax with Mary.
Mid May 50 pilgrims from Emsdetten came to Schoenstatt, many of them knew Schoenstatt well from earlier visits. The program included a candle light procession from the Original Shrine to the Pilgrims' Church, stations of the cross, Mass, time to share and get to know each other, and a visit to the Father Kentenich House on Mount Schoenstatt and to the Adoration Church with the tomb of Father Kentenich.
She Takes Care - a Practice to Relax
In his sermon on the first evening, Fr. Beller presented a practice to relax and rest in Schoenstatt style - a four-stage practical exercise to relax with Mary.
From Brasilia to Schoenstatt
Aldacyr Pinto Fernandes and his wife, Maria Auxiliadora da Salva Pinto, from Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, were visiting with their daughter, living in Germany near Emsdetten. When they - by chance - heard about the come pilgrimage to Schoenstatt, they were excited. "We know the Shrine in Brasilia and the Pilgrim Mother," Maria Auxiliadora said. Although they did not know any German and could not communicate with anybody of the group, they decided to join in. Aladcyr: "I got to know Schoenstatt when I was in Santa Maria in June 1999, attending a convention of Father Octavio on talks and prayers of healing. During this time, I "found" the Schoenstatt Shrine. I came back there in April 2000. In October 2000,we participated in the feast by the Shrine in Brasilia." This was when the 50th anniversary of the Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother Campaign was celebrated by the Shrine. Both were proud and grateful for the possibility to visit Original Schoenstatt. "Father Beller's sermon gave me a lot," said Maria Auxiliadora. "I have a lot to place into the hands of our Mother!"
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