Greetings from the great state of Texas! My name is Beth Crawford, and I am the North Texas Diocesan leader for the Schoenstatt Girls’ Youth and Young Women, and I am also currently on the National Team.
I hope that everyone had a blessed Advent, a holy Christmas, and a happy New Year! Down here for the SGY, during the month of December, we had an older girls Advent Retreat. The theme of our retreat reflected the motto of the year with, “The time is now, be a little Immaculata!” The retreat happened to fall on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and so it happened to revolve around not only Marian theology, but also about how to reflect the Blessed Mother in our lives as little Immaculatas.
We started the day with opening prayer. Following opening prayer, Sr. Danielle Peterson gave a talk on the theology and history behind the Immaculate Conception. We had a break for discussion and reflection among the girls, and then we preceded to the next talk by Sr. Mara Medina on the Immaculata Spirit and how it influences all parts of our lives. After her wonderful talk, we all headed over to Holy Mass, and then had lunch. A guided meditation followed, as the girls pondered on the Blessed Mother’s yes and how they could say yes to the will of the Lord in their lives. The capstone of the beautiful day was with a group dedication of new girls to Schoenstatt. The group name they decided on was Daughters of the Cross, for they hope to bear suffering joyfully in their lives as did the Blessed Mother.
It was such grace-filled day, guided by the Mother Thrice Admirable! She truly was present, helping to smooth things over and even choosing the day for the retreat (long story).
I hope that your Christmas break was holy, joyful, and restful, especially as we move forward into this year filled with school, work, or other responsibilities. And despite the unrest and uncertainty that seems to be in the world right now, may we always know that our Mother and Queen is guiding us and she will never abandon us.
The time is now, burn fearlessly!