Grow Boldly – The first part of the motto is the continuation of the mottos from the past two years. We laid the foundation, we burned fearlessly, and now we look to the future as we grow boldly. Grow boldly – what does that mean? “A bold thought, nearly too bold for the public, but not too bold for you” (JK). We want to be rooted in our faith, in our covenant, and in our VSP Queen and become authentic women. Being rooted in her gives us the opportunity for maturation and is an incentive for our self-education. We want to educate ourselves to move past our comfort zones and to proclaim Schoenstatt boldly into our world – through our lives.  

Dare to Love – We have a mission. Our Blessed Mother has dared us to love. This is no easy feat. This will be a daily battle, a daily sacrifice, a daily struggle. We must reach for the heights of sanctity by accepting this dare. This dare challenges us to go beyond ourselves in every aspect of our lives. Our homes, our families, our churches, our schools, our workplaces, and all our relationships must be subjected to our apostolic mission of love. We are fulfilling the words of the Founding Document, “Prove to me first that you really love me, that you take your resolution seriously” (JK).

Growing into who God calls us to be in a bold and firm way – this must happen before we go out and before we can dare to love. 

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I thought the talks were good.  They explained how to live as Marian Apostles in everyday life.  We need to go to Mass every week and on Holy Days.  
We need to pray the Consecration Prayer every day.  We need to use good media instead of bad media.  Using good media means to read and watch the good things and not the bad things.  The weather can tell you if there is a tornado or storm and you can call someone if something is happening and they should be prepared for it.  We need to give everything we have to the Blessed Mother to become a Marian Apostle. Just to do something like smile can make a bad day into a good day, or hold a door or do something at home without being asked.  The motto for this weekend was “Marian Apostles, the time is now!” Fr. Kentenich is saying this – he is saying the time is now to be a Marian Apostle, not later.  The Girls Youth motto for the year is “The time is now, burn fearlessly!” We need to be Marian Apostles without being afraid.  I really enjoyed the weekend camp it was a lot of fun.  I really enjoyed making new friends and going to the Shrine everyday. It was a lot of fun.

 – Maria Doll, age 9

Note by Emmaline Gappa (communication Representative):
 “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And  whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.” (MT 18: 2-6)
Girls celebrating Covenant day

As Minnesota Youth, we are pretty scattered throughout the state. It can be a trip to visit either the shrine or each other. But still we wanted some way to unite to renew our Covenant. So, as the leaders, in celebration of Covenant Day we united together in a renewal of the Covenant. We had a common prayer and song that we all prayed in our own little places.

And on the 14th, a few of us were able to actually meet and burn our Contributions to the Capital of Grace that we had collected in our room shrine over the past month! We had to wear our winter jackets – and it was hard to tell whether more smoke came from the dying fire or from our breath – but it was very nice!

Prayers and blessings to you all from Minnesota!

~ Cor Unum in Patre! ~

On September 29, the feast of the Archangels, during a special Mass in the Shrine – we were happy to be able to welcome 6 beautiful young ladies as official members of our MN SGYW! A group of our young ladies from Ham Lake, Mn sealed their Covenant of Love! Please keep them in your prayers as their hearts burn with the new light of the Covenant!

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Here’s a thought for you in this month of the Covenant. Right now we are in a time of renewal, we are to Burn Fearlessly so that Schoenstatt may be brought to future generations. Our hearts must be set on fire anew – so that we can go forward with confidence. What is the fire that should light our hearts? Our Covenant! This shall be our guiding star! So – a challenge to us all. How often do we renew our Covenant? During the War, Joseph Engling would renew his covenant 10 times daily! This was in the midst of a war. We are in a very similar position in our world today. How often can we renew our own Covenants? How many little moments do we have throughout the day that we can lift up our hearts to our Covenant partner in a little contribution to the Capital of Grace or say a “My Queen, My Mother” ?

Shrine in the snow

Greetings from Minnesota!

I hope that you all have been having a fantastic Month of the Rosary and of the Covenant! This is Covenant Month ‘18, truly a time filled with plenty of extra graces for the asking! Our Mother is offering graces in abundance – she waits in the shrine with open hands overflowing with graces that she longs to share with her beloved children! Don’t be afraid to ask for as many as you can – the month is nearly over! The Time is Now! 🙂

I don’t know how it’s been for you, but here in Minnesota we have been experiencing some fun weather! We have gotten some snow already! Nothing has stayed, but we’ve gotten some anywhere from fun little flurries to about an inch! It’s been a beautiful little warning to enjoy the last few warm days we have left to us!

 

Snowflakes

Author Anonymous

 

Here I stand in in awe;

With snowflakes all around.

Dancing in their pretty way,

Until they reach the ground.

 

Their journey could be long,

The wind blows them as it please.

On adventures through the sky;

Past hills and lakes and trees.

 

The world is big and scary,

For a tiny, frail snowflake.

But it has a great mission,

It’s goal to undertake.

 

For our Father saw his children,

Trembling in the cold.

Miserable and lonely,

In a world that He behold.

 

He had given them this season,

To rest simply in His Love.

But worrying about the weather,

They forgot to look above.

 

So God fashioned a little beauty,

A masterpiece so fine.

And sent it with a message,

“Beloved you are mine!”

 

“I hold you in my hand,

Never should you worry,

For I your Father send my love,

With each and every flurry.”

 

So if from this little poem,

There is something that you take.

It’s to look beyond the cold and snow,

And enjoy the beauty of each flake!

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When asked about her thoughts on Schoenstatt, Anna Marie Gappa (age 10) said:

“I like Schoenstatt because, you don’t just sit in a classroom and do nothing, and you also can go on retreats every year! It’s not just because it’s fun, but I like it because you can learn something, I think I learned a lot more about Mary than I knew two years ago and I feel that I much closer to her!”

-Anna Gappa age 10
A member of the Girl’s Branch in Keller Texas

When asked to write a little response about our celebration the fiftieth jubilee of Father Kentenich’s return to eternity, I, at first, was more than happy to do so. It was already the second time that week I was asked to write about something Schoenstatt related that others would see, and it humbled me to be able to give testimony to the movement most near and dear to my heart. When I sat down to write this; however, major anxiety and writer’s block set in. What, of everything that took place that day, could I possibly write about? How was whatever I wrote supposed to compare to the three testimonies given that day? Looking back on that day, realizing that authenticity is what really matters gave me the peace to write this.

Up until this day, Father Kentenich was nothing more than Schoenstatt’s founder to me. Sure, I’d read some of his writings, but I had never tried to apply any of his writings to my life. Sure, I’d heard testimonies of his works from people who either knew him personally or have been inspired by him and I’ve been in the Father House, but it never went further than merely wondering “How is this man not a saint yet?” and forgetting most of what I’d heard and seen by the next week. The three testimonies I heard on this day; however opened my mind to a different perspective on Father Kentenich.

The three testimonies had one common theme: It’s not enough to just know about Father Kentenich. If we want him to be a saint, if we want to be witnesses and missionaries to his legacy, we must know him. We are in charge of his canonization, so we must approach him like someone who is in Heaven–never ceasing to ask for his intercession and developing a personal relationship with him. If we are to be effective missionaries of his legacy, simply knowing about it is not enough. After all, how inspiring is a missionary who just rolls facts off their tongue? (Oh right, there’s no such thing). If we are to be effective missionaries of Father Kentenich and his legacy, we must have been inspired by it–we must be deeply rooted in it, and there is no better way to be deeply rooted in a legacy than to be deeply rooted in and personally connected to its founder.”

Virginia Curcio