Mary has guided and continues to guide all her children to Jesus, as she did at the wedding of Cana when she said to the dejected servants: “Do whatever He tells you” John 2:5…Hers is a teaching of the faith in Christ permeated with gentleness, profound knowledge of Jesus and human nature, as well as of her own most particular mission in the divine plan of salvation.
-Pope Benedict XVI
Today was one of my favorite days. Why? What was so special about today? The answer to that is that Mary came to my house today.
We belong to a prayer group called The Pilgrim Mother Thrice Admirable, Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign. A few months back a neighbor asked my family if we wanted to participate. The Campaign consists of 10 families who each, for 3 days a month, receive the Icon of Mary Mother Thrice Admirable from Schoenstatt and promise, as a family, to pray the Rosary together and display the Icon in our homes.
I didn’t know how it was going to go at first. I had never heard of this Pilgrimage, one where you do not have to leave your home, and I wasn’t sure how the rest of my family would receive it. But from the moment she entered my home, I felt peace. The purpose of the Pilgrimage is to lead all people to her Son, Jesus; to acquaint people with Mary, the Mother Thrice Admirable (Mother of God, Mother of the Redeemer, and Mother of the Redeemed), and to pray the Rosary together.
No matter where we are, or what we are doing, on these three days my family comes together and prays a full Rosary together. My 5, 9, and 12 year olds along with my husband and me praying. It can be the busiest, most hectic day, but then for a short while we all come together face to face with one another in front of the Icon and we pray. We state our intentions and I learn what is on my little ones hearts. I learn what is on my husband’s heart, and I watch him as he leads all of us it prayer. It has centered us on what is important in life and slowed us down from our hectic lives. I am always grateful when it is our turn. It has opened us up to meeting people in the community. People who also pray this in their homes. It makes me feel a profound sense of community. Adding this to the prayers we already say has been a huge blessing, making us slow down, making us come together, making us focus on our family.
The booklet that comes with the Icon explains, that we want the Mother Thrice Admirable to come and help form us into a holy family, into holy men and women. We ask for the Graces to become an example to the world. We ask for the religious and moral renewal of the family and thereby the renewal of the world.
As I have stated previously, the family is essential to the world. And so praying together as a family can help strengthen us and give us grace to go out into the world and make it a better place. That is why today was so special for me. And so for these 3 days each month, we are reminded of the greatness of God, through His Mother Thrice Admirable.
Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign
5825 Cottage Grove Road
Madison, WI 53718-1325