Digital media has become an essential tool for sharing information and connecting people. This includes the promotion of the diversity of expressions of love for God and Mary, so Ingrid Basaldúa, a 24 year-old Mexican woman, has started using the internet to take Schoenstatt's message to the world.
3 de febrero de 2021
The digital era is full of challenges but it also creates opportunities and a desire for evangelization, and presents new ways in which we can achieve God’s dream. Ingrid understands the potential negatives of social networks but has started a positive project for Mary, where, in her words, “sodalists throughout the world can motivate and inspire others by sharing their personal stories.”
The inspiration of the first heroes
By hearing from and understanding the experiences of young people living a life of daily sanctity, this Schoenstatter invites us to live heroic holiness, especially in a world full of uncertainty and difficulties that can threaten hope.
Her project, inspired by the “MTA” magazine which Fr. Joseph Kentenich used to keep the first sodalists united and to inspire others, was born in 2018, the Centenary Year, through the project HITOS: “a comic that explains the history of the Schoenstatt Movement by revealing the character of Father Kentenich,” its creator explained.
“It is inspired by the idea that saints are superheroes in real life,” she said, “and being completely convinced that everyday saints can change the world. The firm, free and priestly personalities of the first Schoenstatt heroes should ignite us with their flame. Young people are called to be the second sodalists,” she emphasised with great enthusiasm.
A gift from Schoenstatt to the digital era
Ingrid entered the world of digital evangelization in 2019 following her experience in the Schoenstatt Zeit (Schoenstatt Time) program, where she lived for almost three months in Schoenstatt, Germany.
“After all the blessings I received during my time in Schoenstatt, I decided that I had to share everything that Schoenstatt has to offer,” she commented. “I opted to use virtual tools to better appeal to and engage young people so I could spread the message from person to person based on how I benefited personally from my time in Schoenstatt,” she said.
One of the purposes of Schoenstatt Comics is youth evangelisation through art, empowering individuals to use a creative outlet to show the world the original ways in which they madly love God and Mary. It seeks to unite the international Schoenstatt youth movement and motivate each member to live a good and holy lifestyle.
A space of freedom and expression
Ingrid summarised the project in this way: “it is a platform where young people can express themselves freely and can share the projects they are involved in. It also enables them to access quality material produced by others to help them to develop their life of holiness, but without losing their uniqueness and youthful freshness.”
Finally, Ingrid invites each of us to take Schoenstatt’s message to “new virtual shores ” and to say “yes” to the Blessed Mother who “needs youthful souls who dare to carry her banner,” thinking that, like the first sodalists, we should sometimes swim against the prevailing current and raise our voices, always under her protection.
Translation: Luciana Loyola and Stephen Bromley