May 1, 2024


MJF; M. Anastasia Brand, M. Florence Harder; Theresia Strunk - Deutschland


Prayer is more powerful than the power of money and knowledge

AND more effective than weapons

and the creative power of geniuses. J.K.


Bujumbura, Burundi, can teach us much about the power of prayer. In 1993, a bloody civil war broke out in the country. There was a Schoenstatt Shrine dedicated to the Blessed Mother right in the midst of the war zone. To set an example of trust in a time direly lacking trust, a Church was built next to it—a Church large enough for everyone to gather. An amazing thing happened: Gradually, all parties to the conflict discovered this place. They approached each other in prayer.

Slowly but surely, the chapel became a

“prayer heart for peace and reconciliation.” 

And when, there, on August 15, 2009, 30,000 people declared

the Blessed Mother Queen of Peace and Reconciliation,

those who had previously fought each other – government soldiers and former rebels – carried together the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Fotos: M. Florence Harder, Jule Gärtner, Schönstatt