At the beginning of February we, that is, ten young women from Australia, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Austria and Vietnam began
candidacy with the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary.
As our candidacy comes to an end and postulancy starts at the beginning of May, we want to take look back.
Our candidacy was characterized by getting to know each other, intense study of the German language, and many little moments in which our decision could be examined and affirmed.
A typical day in the candidacy
A typical day usually begins with Holy Mass and Morning Prayer together. After breakfast, those who already speak German have work time while the others either work alone or with a teacher to deepen their knowledge of German. After lunch we have some free time either to pray or take a walk or something similar. Then together we have classes in which we learn more about Schoenstatt and can discuss various ecclesial topics. We always organize our evenings after dinner in a variety of ways. For example, we pray the international rosary, participate in (Eucharistic) Adoration, learn songs in various languages or play games together.
“Providentia” – we were guided
During candidacy we wrote our own song. It is called “Providentia” and tells how each one of us was led very personally on the path (of her vocation.) Among other things, this song says:
“I chose Mary as my model to carry Jesus into the world.
From her I want to learn to trust, to dare to believe in God’s love.
The fire is kindled in me, now l live for you.
Refrain: You saw me and spoke to me softly.
Loud storms, therefore I didn’t hear.
With Mary I now sing a new song
My fiat, my yes,
Be it done to me according to your word“
We submitted this song to the Vocation Music Contest.
We will have vacation again before postulancy commences. However, we are already looking forward to this next step that we are now ready to take, and we are very excited to see how God’s providence will guide us both very personally but also as a course group.