Schoenstatt’s origin is inseparable from its unique relationship with Mary.
Since the founding in 1914, love of Mary has been at the heart of Schoenstatt and its spirituality. Schoenstatt is deeply and devotedly Marian and has repeatedly experienced how love of Mary opens new avenues to a vibrant relationship with Christ, to the Holy Spirit and to God Father and to a renewal of love of neighbor and self.
For many Schoenstatt members, the love of Mary has helped them develop a more personal and committed relationship with the persons of the Trinity. This is not surprising, given the close union of Mary with the mission of her Son. Nor is surprising that this love has helped many grow into more personal and fruitful relationship with neighbor und self, be it through a greater maturity in one’s vocation, a stronger family life, a more Christian workplace or a way of dealing with people. Through her activity in the Shrine, the MTA has helped many to overcome loneliness, anxiety and low self-esteem or to have the courage to reach out others and find God-willed solutions to family, social and political problems.
Not least of all is how to love of Mary has helped many grow in love for the Church. This is in keeping with something Saint Pope John Paul II pointed out to the Schoenstatt Family in an audience in 1885:
“An authentic Marian spirituality leads to a deep love for the Church.”
– (September 20, 1985)
In the Schoenstatt Shrine the Mother of God acts as Mother and educator of all those who entrust themselves to her. She helps form the new man in the new community.