Diligently bring me contributions to the capital of grace

Founding Docuement, Fr. Joseph Kentenich

Our family was essentially built through the contributions to the capital of grace of the Mother Thrice Admirable. It must therefore be uncompromising in its faithfulness to this point for all times if it wants to survive the trial by fire.

October 18, 1939

[The contributions to the capital of grace] stand at the beginning of our family history, of every new Schoenstatt Shrine and every fruitful undertaking for Schoenstatt.

October 18, 1939

What do we offer to the Blessed Mother
so that her graces may bear fruit from the Shrine?

CAPITAL OF GRACE

In the shrine, you have probably seen a large jar in front of the altar and some small slips of paper that say: capital of grace. Do you know the meaning of this term?

Usually, we tend to write down our petitions, worries, and concerns on the little sheets, and then place them into the jar. This physical action strengthens our hope. It is as real as a conversation. We truly believe our Blessed Mother listens to our plea. Sometimes you simply find yourself writing down the names of your loved ones or just a word that means a world to you.

Have you ever pondered on the thought that God has given Mary intercessory power? Yes, she can gather our human experience and present it to God. Whatever the case may be, it’s not hard to imagine that there must be a special place in this homey little chapel where the Blessed Mother gathers all our human experience and somehow presents it to God. In turn, she can, so to say, take the divine flow of God’s life, his graces and blessings and give all of that back to us? This mutual exchange of gifts – when we offer our petitions and she brings us God’s blessing – is the hallmark of our Schoenstatt Shrines. It is also the secret behind the capital of grace.

Some Practical Suggestions for Contributions to the Capital of Grace

Offer it for the needs of those for whom we pray

Practical Suggestions:

  • Consciously offer to the capital of grace a particular task that belongs to the daily routine, something that I have to do anyway
  • Rejoice over a blessing that you or someone else has received and offer that consciously to the capital of grace
  • Offer a pain, a sorrow or sadness
  • Carry with your children’s concerns in a loving way
  • To serve right away upon request—not letting the other wait
  • Accept a humiliation with love
  • Renounce watching a particular TV program, giving up connecting to a favorite internet site or media spot
  • To wait a little bit before eating a favorite food
  • Smile while being very tired
  • If there is no time to pray a Rosary, offer a particular difficulty or disliked task
  • Pray something that you seldom choose

Exercise

  • Make a list of things that are normally difficult and unpleasant for you.
  • How would you offer those to the MTA as contributions to the capital of grace?
  • Make a list of the devotional practices that you think give greater glory and praise to God and the Blessed Mother.
  • If once you could not pray those, what deeds would you replace them with?
  • Look for ways to create an atmosphere of joy and kindness wherever you go.
  • Does your list include patience while waiting in line at the checkout counter?
  • Do you look at a stranger and see God’s blessings and potential in all that diversity?
  • Do you know what makes you irritable? Can you offer that up and struggle to overcome it for the sake of souls?

Send

Intentions and Contributions to the Capital of Grace 

Prayer intentions and Contributions to the Capital of Grace

What I bear and endure,
what I say and what I dare,
what I think and what I cherish,
all the merits that I gain,
what I direct and what I conquer,
all my joys and all my sorrows:
what I am and what I have,
I give to you as a gift of love.
Use it so that the holy stream of graces
flowing richly from the shrine
may fill the souls of those
who have given their hearts to Schoenstatt
and gently lead there
all those whom you wish to choose in kindness.
Accept everything that our efforts may be fruitful
which we dedicate to the Trinity.

(Heavenwards)

Total of all Contributions to the Capital of Grace

14

Contributions to the Capital of Grace

We can speak of voluntary or involuntary contributions to the capital of grace.
We learn to identify the deed or prayer that we want to offer to the MTA for the needs of those for whom we pray. Sometimes such deeds are related to work, to housekeeping issues, to health, or to daily routine. Accepting the circumstances of everyday life with its demands, trials, and joys can also become such contributions. We can also offer to our MTA our struggles with loved ones, with friends, and those we relate to. Ordinary events can bring countless opportunities.

The Secret Behind the Capital of Grace

The secret behind this powerful tool of spiritual life is love. The love with which we offer our sufferings, our prayers and sacrifices, our joys, tasks, or achievements, will make our lives fruitful. That is, our lives will become sources of blessings for others. It is a stream of love and of graces. Love endlessly flowing into our hearts, invites us to take
part in its endlessness. The love of God and our MTA fills our hearts with their presence as soon as we come into the shrine. We, in turn, bring our offerings with childlike love and devotion. Every time we place a contribution into the capital of grace it is an encounter with God, it is a way of uplifting the most common or even bothersome things of everyday life. Just as love gives meaning to hardships, the capital of grace does, too.
A mutual exchange takes place: a total donation of self in little things. We show our love for God through our small deeds, daily prayers, and faithful fulfillment of our duties. God in return showers his love on us through the same insignificant events. God’s most tangible proof of his love for us is the presence of the MTA in her shrine.