Hello from the Ver Sacrum Missionaries!
What an amazing week in Crete, Nebraska! The Blessed Mother never ceases to amaze us with all the gifts she gives us. The Cor Mariae Shrine captured our hearts in a unique way and we both quickly fell in love with the simple, yet breathtaking, atmosphere and landscape. It was such a blessing to be able to stay at the Shrine and have the MTA so close.
Everyone was so welcoming and they gave us the full Nebraska experience. They even made sure we got to eat a World Famous Runza, which is a specialty sandwich of Nebraska. Spiced meat, cabbage, and onions are all wrapped in a warm and soft bun. Yum!
Since it was a smaller group of girls, we were able to become close like a family over the week. We enjoyed picnics, bonfires, visiting the nursing home and singing for the patients, water fights, Holy Mass, decorating t-shirts, scavenger hunts, adoration, candlelight processions, talks, videos, and meditations. We also got to see the new wayside shrine that the Schoenstatt Girls’ Youth erected! It was a full week of fun!
The Nebraska high school mission camp was a success and everyone had a great time! The main focus of the camp for the high school girls was to prepare a day camp for girls ages 6-9. The high school girls were in charge of preparing the talks, meditations, prayers, games, activities, and crafts. Taking the messages of Fr. Kentenich of the New Image of the Father, the New Image of the Child, and the New Image of the Community, they incorporated these ideas into the camp theme. One fun part of the camp was the “Royal Child Fashion Show.” The girls prepared a fashion show of fun, modest, and Marian outfits for various occasions for the younger girls in order to give them examples of Marian dress. Then, each of the youner girls got to practice walking down the runway and like royalty! Another highlight of the day was the water games and the massive water fight! It was so great to see the leadership of the girls and witness the graces from the Shrine at work.