Mary's Mission in Arizona
Dedication of Home Shrines and Covenant Retreat Weekend in Yarnell, St. Joseph's Shrine
(Sally LeRoy) "Mary's mission in Today's World" was the subject of the Schoenstatt Retreat Weekend for the Arizona Schoenstatt family, on October 19 – 21, 2001, in Yarnell, St. Joseph's Shrine. Father Dieter Langsch came for the dedication of several home shrines and to give the talks on the role of Mary in Schoenstatt, in each person's life, and her mission for the world.
Schoenstatt in Arizona – this is a small group with the ideal "Mothers of the Desert" that includes two Mary Lou's, two Jean's and one Sally and one Rose, and Rose's husband. He is a deacon, and "also belongs! Even though he's Dad and not a Mother we include him in our group as at present there is no couples group." This Schoenstatt group has been in existence since Sally LeRoy came here in 1989 when Bernadette Lastinger (who presently moved away to Ireland) and Sally would get together monthly around the 18th, go to Mass and then get together for a Schoenstatt meeting.
The Home Shrine, a Place of Grace
Jean Swetel lives in Gilbert, AZ and is a Schoenstatt
mother. Father Langsch blessed and
Mary's Mission in Today's World
The retreat took place in Yarnell, Arizona, St. Joseph's
Shrine. Father Langsch talked about the history of the Schoenstatt Covenant
of Love and the covenant spirituality. "If you do everything with the
Blessed Mother, then you will be like her. All this leads us to a life
of living like Mary". Father Kentenich builds on the whole concept
of dedication. A dedication
What's our expectation of this retreat weekend, the "Mothers
of the Desert" asked themselves. The focus of their reflection: "Who
is the Blessed Mother to us?" Marian devotion, Father Langsch explained,
is not just about admiring Mary's beautiful personality and mission.
The Arizona Schoenstatt members realized: The Blessed Mother is one
of us, one like us, helps us fulfill our task. In my life, who am I
and what am I doing? It's easy to say, she has a beautiful personality
and task, but we do too. Focus on myself, who am I? What is my identity?
My mission in life is whom I radiate. Personality radiates.
Praying the Rosary with a Special Untention
In the rosary we are aware of the fact, when we pray we
lead ourselves into that aspect of
The practical application: Say the rosary with a particular intention in mind. We can say "this decade I offer up specifically to you Blessed Mother, that you draw our children to the faith. Say the rosary with a particular intention in mind; connect that particular prayer with our daily life.
Love Prayer – Living in the Presence of God
Fr. Langsch's closing touch on the weekend was that we
see the Blessed Mother very much alive and present, that she becomes
an integrated part of our life. Another aspect is to talk about
living in the presence of God; and living in the presence of the Blessed
Mother or the Sacred Heart or the angels. All of these are secondary
causes to help us to be united with the primary cause of God, living
in the presence of God and that means I need to be inwardly so
Father Langsch blessed many of the Arizona MTA pictures
before Mass on October 21. The
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