By Kevin Leland
I spent the day today with the Blue Army, that is, The World Apostolate of Fatima, at St. Anne’s Shrine on the shore of Lake Champlain in Isle La Motte, Vermont, USA. We said the Rosary, attended Mass, had a procession while singing hymns and carrying the beautiful statue of Our Lady of Fatima to the area of the shrine where Blue Army officers had set up a tent and picnic tables for lunch. While the grills were fired up, some of us threw some horse shoes.
After lunch, we had another singing procession to the shore of Lake Champlain, where Dennis Gay led us in the Stations of the cross, dedicated to our pre-born brothers and sisters, and their mothers. We then went back to the beautiful outdoor Chapel to sing the Chaplet of Divine Mercy…Which makes me cry, every time! I took some photos of some of the statues on the grounds, and when I got
home, dressed them up a bit and posted them, with this blog post, for your enjoyment. Although, what looked really good on my Mac, looks terrible on a PC…I will do some more work to this post, and improve the pictures.
To the right is a marble statue of St. Anne, teaching her daughter, The Blessed Virgin Mary, sacred scripture from a scroll. The statue is outside of the chapel. There is another inside that is bigger and painted.
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Above is a picture of St. Patrick. St, taken from a statue at St. Anne’s Shrine. Patrick is a very famous Saint, that is well known even in secular circles. Below is the Statue of Mother Mary that was placed on top of the Vermont Cathedral before it burned down. It stayed in storage for almost twenty years until the pedestal was built, and she found her new home at the Shrine named for her Mother.
This Statue of Saint Anne, teaching mother Mary the sacred scriptures from a scroll, is located in the shrine’s chapel, facing out toward Lake Champlain. The alter is in front of this statue, and the congregation sits outside in an open but covered area.
Mass was held at 10:30 A.M. today, August 4th, 2013.
Afterward, we processed to the area by the lake to pray the stations of the cross.
After each prayer, we praised the Lord, saying “We adore you O Christ and we praise You, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the World…” Here are the prayers we offered at each station of the cross:
Though innocent, Jesus is condemned by the power of the State. In like manner, our innocent brothers and sisters in the womb have been condemned. Their rights and dignity are not recognized. In this, they bear a special likeness to Jesus.
The salvation of the world carried a heavy price for out Lord: The agony of the cross. As He accepts His cross, let us also resolve to endure suffering that others may live. Let us pay the price fo standing up for our preborn brothers and sisters.
Almighty God was weak because He chose to be like us. He had power and glory from all eternity, yet He chose to be immersed in the world of suffering. We pray that the benefits and advantages we have in life may not cause us to forget our preborn brothers and sisters.
There is no deeper relationship than that of a mother and a child. They belong together. When one suffers the other suffers. To love and defend one means to love and defend the other. To be pro-life means to serve both the child and the mother. It means to ask our society, “Why can’t we love them both?”
Many watched the Lord suffer. Simon the Cyrenian helped alleviate that suffering. Many lament abortion. Some actually get involved to help stop it. We pray that all people may take their active place in the pro-life movement.
The compassion of Veronica shows Jesus, reflects the compassion of so many medical doctors and nurses, who treat their patients with dignity. We pray for repentance and renewal in the medical profession. May the tools and skills meant for healing nevermore be used for killing.
In working to defend life, there are so many setbacks and obstacles. Yet we know the meaning of the cross. In weakness, power reaches perfection. We do not look to our own strengths and talents alone, but to Christ. His own strength will sustain us.
Christ told these woman who were weeping over His suffering on his way to his death, to weep for themselves and for their children. He does not want false worship, but repentence. He does not want followers who cry out to Him but then ignore injustice and bloodshed. May all who believe in Christ likewise stand up for the defenseless.
Despite the falls, nothing can stop our Lord, because He is on a mission of love. If the pro-life movement is not a movement of love, it is nothing at all, but if it is a movement of love, then nothing will stop it. Love is stronger than death, more powerful than Hell.
Nobody can stop us from loving our preborn brothers and sisters. Those stronger than we may strip us of popularity, possessions or power, but they can not strip us of love. We love others with the same love that Christ showed for us.
The powers of this world crucified the God who made this world. All power and authority come from God. All who exercise power have to account for it before God. We pray that those in government may use their powers to protect the innocent babies in the womb.
Our Lord died. So many of His children have died with Him. His passion is re-lived with every abortion –one every twenty seconds in our country. We only know a fraction of the horror of this act in the sight of God. We only know a fraction of the horror of Christ’s crucifixion. May all our brothers and sisters killed by abortion rest in Christ’s peace and be saved by His cross.
Mary experienced the pain of holding her dead Son. So many mothers grieve after their abortions. We ask that Mary may comfort them, help them face the truth about abortion, and lead them to forgiveness and healing.
A tomb is a memorial. It helps us to remember the one who can no longer speak. May we and our society remember the babies who can not speak. May we also remember Our Lord’s Resurrection, and His promise of eternal life. He has conquered abortion because He has conquered death. May we bring His victory to every part of our world!
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