Well, Mary came to our little parish in Woodstock today in her image of the Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima. It was a day of blessing for our parish family with visitation from 12:00 noon until about 8:00 p.m. There was Eucharistic adoration, confession, rosary and other prayers and a healing Mass this evening. To see the devotion of the parish was inspiring. We prayed and sang together making our little church a preview of the heavenly court.
The statue itself is beautiful, very lifelike, especially her eyes. They seemed to be glistening with tears. How the Blessed Mother grieves over the sins of her children who are preparing themselves places in hell. She calls us back again and again. I'm sure the reason our world hasn't been destroyed is through her motherly intercession. "Please, Son, give them more time."
Today we had an opportunity to make up for the blasphemies committed against Mary in her images. Think of the artists who have desecrated her and repent for them. We honored her image today. She took a place of honor on a little altar prepared with flowers only a few steps away from her Son exposed in the monstrance. While some have treated her image with contempt, our little parish venerated her like the queen she is. We prayed to her, not as a plaster statue, but for the living woman her statue represents.
Thank you, Lord, for this precious opportunity to praise the Queen of Heaven and greet her with devotion. She longs for us to assist her in rescuing souls from the evil one. How? By praying the rosary daily and by offering all the sacrifices of our daily life, its challenges and difficulties, for the conversion of sinners.
Will you help Mary save souls? You can do that by praying this prayer every day:
O my Jesus, I accept and bear with submission whatever sufferings God permits in my life today, for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.