I love to hear stories about how the Blessed Mother calls her children. Over the years, I’ve heard a number of truly amazing recounts. Recently, I heard one that I’d like to share with you.
This past Wednesday evening, one of the Schoenstatt Fathers, Fr. Gerold Langsch, appeared on EWTN with Fr. Mitch Pacwa. He spoke about the Schoenstatt Movement and the Schoenstatt Family venerates our Blessed Mother under the title, Mother Thrice Admirable. He also described the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign, an apostolate sponsored by the movement. Through the rosary campaign, the image of the Mother Thrice Admirable is passed from home to home, drawing hearts deeper into Christ and encouraging an increasing love of Mary. Of course, during the show the Schoenstatt image of our Blessed Mother was displayed.
In the course of the interview, Fr. Mitch acknowledged Fr. Gerold’s musical talents and asked about his new CD, produced and sold in order to garner financial support for the Schoenstatt Fathers seminarians. The CD is available for sale on my website, and viewers were directed there for more information and the opportunity to purchase it.
The next morning, I received an e-mail from an 81-year-old nun who had seen the show, and was interested in getting to know more about the Mother Thrice Admirable. She went to my website, and fell in love with the image the moment she saw it. It so impressed her, that she immediately decided that she absolutely must have one of her own, and so she’s asked me to purchase one for her from the International Schoenstatt Center here in Wisconsin, and ship it to her. I gladly will do it.
What a beautiful way for the Mother to reach out to her child! How individually and specifically she revealed herself to this humble heart! We know about all the magnificent ways she has appeared – Fatima, Lourdes, Guadalupe, Knock – but perhaps we don’t know about the small, inconspicuous ways she makes herself known to her little ones. It’s so easy to ignore the tiny twinges in our hearts that signal the Blessed Mother’s approach; we like to brush them off as imagination or coincidence. But it’s really her, and she really wants us – him, her, me, you – to come ever closer to her Immaculate Heart. She can use something as remarkable as an apparition, or something as subtle as a portrait of herself. Regardless, it’s her way of calling her children. We only have to be open to her approach.