Profound missionary experience in Mexico, the virtual way
This year, the Mexico Light of Mary missions were completely transformed. God was allowed to be God so it was left to Him to carry out everything, thus gathering the fruits of the mission, enlivening the fire of his love and, above all, recognizing that He is the one who lives in us.
Ana Regina Torres Garza - 20 April 2021
And then we were faced with a pandemic that changed our daily routine, where we are learning to love and embrace what is closest to us. Let’s look at this as a gift since the mission was not cancelled; it simply moved to another place which was in dire need of receiving the mission: home. That is why this year the Mexico Light of Mary missions made a 180 degree turn at the national level creating a national Capital of Grace which united the four participating states: Monterrey, Chihuahua, St Luis Potosi and Queretaro. A virtual Holy Hour was held as well as a national sending out mass, uniting us all in spirit, being one body and one soul, thus carrying out Christ’s mission.
Smaller national activities were held which added to each missionary’s spiritual enrichment and each Mexican state held specific activities so that the mission could also have a local approach. There were national as well as international testimonials given during the Holy Week.
“I make all things new” (AP 21:5)
With these “Mexico Light of Mary” missions, Christ gave life to these words as our concept of missions was completely transformed. We thought that the mission was 12 hours away from us but, through the intimate encounter we experienced with God in the past days, we discovered that an apostle’s mission lies in God’s heart desires. Just as Mary did, willingly and courageously, we uttered that “let it be done” which forges a sacred story. An apostle reacts with fidelity and obedience to the Father’s calling. Those words pronounced by Jeremiah, “for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee” (Jer 1:7), are still being proclaimed in our hearts.
This year we were called to sail out to sea, where our heart had a profound encounter with Jesus, our friend, and found there the true spirit and passion of the mission which is shared in daily life.
In Monterrey, this sailing out to sea, to the inner self, was lived through testimonials of life with Christ that were shared daily, shared masses, encounters with our fraternity, where we allowed the Holy Spirit to breathe in our hearts, as well as all the Holy Week services that we shared as a Schoenstatt Family. These were the gifts and graces were spilled by God for the Mexico Light of Mary missionaries.
This mission has truly revealed out loud that “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (1Cor 2:9)
With a heart full of joy and wonder we can say that these holy days God opened new ways to be missionaries, made all things new and did not cease to surprise us with his immense love, calling us to be bearers of hope so that Mexico can become the Light of Mary.