In Monterrey, Mexico, We Crowned the Queen
Spiritually United in this Time of Pandemic
A different time has fallen upon us in these last months, a time in which uncertainty and fear have grown greatly. As soon as the first cases of the coronavirus occurred in Mexico, Masses were cancelled and we were encouraged to stay at home.
By Ramón Sepúlveda
In response to this situation, several initiatives were taken by the Schoenstatt family of Monterrey, such as daily Mass transmitted from the chapel of the Movement house, virtual rosaries, online group meetings, and even talks and retreats transmitted electronically.
At the same time, needing the Blessed Mother to fill us with confidence during this anguish, the desire to crown her as “Queen of Health and Life” in our homes, on April 18th, emerged. That is how that desire began and evolved as we prepared ourselves for a month. We reinforced the meaning of the crowning and offerings to the capital of grace, especially uniting ourselves as a Schoenstatt Family through the virtual rosaries and Masses.
It was a very special time in which our youth, professionals, missionaries, and families lovingly prepared the place and made the crown for the picture of our Mother and Queen. It was suggested that we do it with a crown with the initials “m.p.h.c.e.v.” This was often used by our father and founder to reminds us that “The Blessed Mother will take perfect care and will be victorious”.
Then the day arrived! With great joy we united as one family on this Saturday, Covenant Day, with our hearts ready and the crowns prepared to give it to the Blessed Mother. Through this coronation we could express that we trust in her power as Queen and in her kindness as Mother.
From the chapel of the Movement house, our advisors, Father Andrés Espinoza, Father Carlos Padilla, and Father Guillermo Múzquiz celebrated the Mass, and crowned the picture of the Blessed Mother there. At the same time, each one was crowning in their home.
How much hope our beloved Mother and Queen gave us, how much peace was experienced on that day, how many homes were full of joy and confidence, how many hearts were beating in the same spirit.
Hundreds of photos witness that special moment: photos of youth, professionals, and families crowning Mary in home shrines, room shrines, office shrines, and images of the Pilgrim MTA throughout many parts of Monterrey.
To our Queen of Health and Life we give this time of quarantine, with all the sad and happy moments, with the pain of sickness and with the joy of health. To her we entrust our life and ask that in this difficult time for humanity, she will educate us and keep us faithful.