Leben Pur - Pure life - Pura Vida
 published: 2009-05-22

Visit to the Schoenstatt Original Shrine

A testimony of Marco Antonio González, Paraguay, a Doctor of pre-natal, Obstetric Gynecology, a candidate of the Federation of Families, knowing Schoenstatt since 2005

 

Juni 2006, während der Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft: Ehepaar González am Urheiligtum

Junio de 2006, durante el mundial: los González en el Santuario Original

June 2006, during the Soccer Championship: the González at the Original Shrine

Juni 2006, während der Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft: Ehepaar González am Urheiligtum

 

Bei der Weihe des Hausheiligtums
 

Bendición del Santuario Hogar

Home Shrine Blessing

Bei der Weihe des Hausheiligtums

  Der weiße Rosenstrauch als Wegweiser der anderen Art
 

El rosal indica el camino

The white rose showing the way

Der weiße Rosenstrauch als Wegweiser der anderen Art

  Im Heiligtum der Familien
 

En el Santuario de las Familias

In the Shrine of the Families

Im Heiligtum der Familien

  Vor dem Heiligtum der Familien
 

Frente del Santuario de las Familias

In front of the Shrine of the Families

Vor dem Heiligtum der Familien

  Begegnung mit Pater Kentenich
 

Encuentro con el Padre Kentenich

Meeting Father Kentenich

Begegnung mit Pater Kentenich

Mit Anneliese Nuño
 

Con Anneliese Nuño

With Anneliese Nuño

Mit Anneliese Nuño

Fotos: González © 2009

 

 

In June 2006, we had the opportunity to visit Germany for the World Soccer Games and we planned to visit the Original Shrine in Schoenstatt. One Sunday morning we decided to go, we were staying in the small city of Weslar not too far from the place.

We asked at the hotel and to our surprise they did not know the place. But we had decided to visit the Original Shrine and we decided to travel to Koblenz by train which is about 15 kms. from Vallendar, a place on the edge of the Rhine. We bought the ticket for Frankfurt to make the connection and before boarding our train we saw that there was direct train from Weslar to Koblenz which we had not noticed since we did not know the language.

In search of the Shrine

In spite of the change of trains we arrived to Koblenz, by asking around we were given directions of where to take a bus to Vallendar. In our eagerness to arrive we got off a bit far…on the side of the river Rhine and from there we began to walk in search of the Shrine. We arrived on a Sunday, at nap time, no one was on the street and for a moment we felt lost. Marta, my wife began to pray so that the Blessed Mother would send us a sign, which appeared quickly; in the form of white rose bushes with a beautiful scent!!! Coincidentally, the white rose is the symbol of our original group, by the name of LIGHT OF MARY; it was so touching for us and that moment Marta said all we need now is for a sister to appear and take us to the Shrine by the hand.

Two blocks afterwards, we met a Polish Sister leaving a school and she understood our basic English. She placed herself between the two of us and took us by our arms taking us to a Sister, who spoke Portuguese and with whom we could converse more fluently.

The visit to the Shrine filled us with emotion and joy, so much so, since it is a place for Perpetual Adoration, we had to step aside to manifest our happiness! There we had a distinguished guide, Mrs. Nuño, from the Institute of Families, who took us to the different shrines and their houses.

That day of June 2006 was truly blessed and it will be unforgettable in our lives

We visited the Adoration Church and the sacristy, where Father Kentenich, the founder of the movement is buried. We placed our Capital of Grace and the letters from our group members on the little carpet that is beside the tomb and we signed the visitor’s book. We prayed there and there was another gift: a group of Sisters were finishing Adoration and we could hear a choir of truly wonderful voices that was like being transported to heaven.

That day of June 2006 was truly blessed and it will be unforgettable in our lives. We continued to travel to the different mountains and we obtained some brochures and souvenirs from the place. At a given time, our guide did not seem to trust the strangers, dressed in sports clothes…but when we prayed the I Trust Your Might together, everything became clear, that was our countersign!

The experience of our trip was truly extraordinary, so much so that we left the place close to 9:00 p.m. with the sun of a German spring time still shining.

That day of June 2006 was truly blessed and it will be unforgettable in our lives; we visited the place where the Movement was born, which under the protection Mary wants to give the entire world the transformation of life and of families in Christ, to truly be New Men, Women and Families committed through the apostolate to serve our communities for a better world.

 

 


 

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