Image of Grace

The Image of Grace

The image of grace was placed in the Shrine towards the end of April, 1915.
It is the reprint of a painting by Luigi Crosio (+1915), which he completed by the end of the 19th century. The original title of the image was "Refugium peccatorum" - Refuge of Sinners. One of the professors of the House of Studies sent it from Freiburg in Breisgau to Schoenstatt as a gift to the students. The image of grace was then given the title “Mother Thrice Admirable” – “Mater ter Admirabilis” (abbreviated “MTA”).

This title was taken over from the image of the Madonna of Marian Sodality of Ingoldstadt, which gave the title new vitality.

The Jesuit Father Jacob Rem, director of the Marian Sodality in Ingolstadt, recognized in 1604 in an inner religious experience that Mary preferred to be venerated under the title "mother most admirable". Subsequently during prayer times he asked this title to be repeated three times. From this the title "Mother Thrice Admirable" later came about. Mary is admirable as Mother of God, Mother of the Redeemer and Mother of the Redeemed. Throughout Schoenstatt’s history this title has been expanded.

In the time of conflict with National Socialism Father Kentenich crowned the image of grace in the Original Shrine. Mary proved herself in the period that followed as the powerful Queen. After the time of persecution by the Nazis and the end of World War II Father Kentenich proclaimed the Blessed Mother to be the “Mother Thrice Admirable and Queen of Schoenstatt.”
In the years between 1951 and 1965 Schoenstatt was tested by the Church. The founder of Schoenstatt, Father Joseph Kentenich, was separated from his foundation. At the end of this very difficult epoch of our Schoenstatt history the founder was rehabilitated. He returned on December 24, 1965 to Schoenstatt. He had hoped that the solution to all the questions would come about through the intervention of the Blessed Mother. She in fact proved herself victorious.
The image bears the name: Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt.
This expresses the deep relationship between Christ and Mary.
The task of Mary as Mother and Educator for the world of today is also expressed in this image: the eyes of Mary are directed to those who contemplate her image. Her glance says: You are precious and valuable in the eyes of God and in my eyes. (cf. Is. 43,4)

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