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has such a beautiful, soft smile, so compassionate and loving.
Veronica of the Cross,
June 18, 1988
Lady smiles on SMWA
by Michael Mangan
beams on Feast of the Holy Rosary
over Mona Lisa. We have a new masterpiece. This one though is not created
by man but by the stroke of God that captures the stunning beauty, grace
and sweetness of nature’s solitary boast.
great gift from Heaven unfolded on October 7 during the Sunday Holy Hour
when some faithful observed the statue smiling, including Vigil
Coordinator, Vincent McDonnell and assistant, Perry Montemaro. Near the
close of the Holy Hour more pilgrims noticed and after some ending
prayers, this priceless photo was taken by Lorraine Zanzonico, Brooklyn,
course of the Holy Hour, the statue was observed smiling at three
different points on the sacred grounds.
explains, “When I was in line to kiss the crucifix (kissed by the
Blessed Mother on Oct. 29, 1994), I first noticed Our Lady smiling. It
made me feel so calm and peaceful. It was a beautiful experience. I
understood this to mean that She was happy with the work of everyone, with
the praying of the Rosaries and the spreading of the message.”
America still grieving from perhaps the worst terror attack in history and
the war in Afghanistan to be declared shortly after this momentous Holy
Hour, there was not a lot to be happy about.
our gracious Mother found the occasion to share Her appreciation and
gratitude for all Bayside devotees. Our Lady is recognizing our heart and
dedication. She knows the abuse, the persecution, the struggle and the
stigma we have endured for Her desperate cause of the latter days.
(Conversely, we know the boundless grace received through Her hands.)
may not be perfect–in fact it seems perhaps we fail too often–but Our
Lady is looking beyond that and admires our gutsy perseverance and deep
abiding faith in Her Mission.
lips are straight, the cheeks are drawn, the expression is solemn.
lips are curled, the cheeks are full, the expression is happy.
precious countenance you see above comes with a wink and a thumbs up that
says: “Yeess! Good job. Keep going. I know it’s tough but hang in
Lady needs us to be Her hands and feet and mouthpiece in this world. The
Blessed Mother cannot appear to everyone so our role as apostles takes on
a great urgency and meaning: “We have great dependence on all disciples
chosen in these latter days. . . . The Message from Heaven must reach
every corner of the earth before the end of the era” (Our
Lady, June 18, 1979).
Our Lady is very pleased with the prayers of reparation of the Rosary
Vigils and Sunday Holy Hours. It was not by accident that this treasure
was given on the Feast of the Holy Rosary.
here at this outdoor Shrine, thousands of Rosaries, many prayed under
severe weather conditions like snow, cold, rain and heat, rise each year
from this “center of atonement” (Sept.
7, 1974) to the throne of the
Eternal Father begging for mercy for a perverse generation (Acts
the Mass, is there any prayer more powerful and pleasing to Heaven?!
adds, “Like Lepanto, the Rosary is the answer to war. Plus this smile
also proves that Her presence is real. We are not praying to a statue, but
to the Mother of God Who is alive and active on these sacred grounds.”
Our Lady knows the immeasurable value of these prayer services that help
hold back the heavy hand of the Father whose patience is running out: “The
balance for your nation and your state, My child, lies with the prayers
that come to Us from your country and the world” (Sept.
Sept. 11, Our Lady was surely pleased with our response too. Here’s some
Offered two vigils as a special memorial for the thousands of victims and
their families and friends
Offered the Holy Hour for peace in the world (for three months)
Ordered Gregorian Masses (30 consecutive days, celebrated Nov. 1-Nov. 30)
for the repose of the souls of the victims of terror
Printed 210,000 Attack
on America, HST #12
Reported and evangelized at Ground Zero for our website, newsletter and
national radio program
so between the prayers and good works there is a lot to ease the pain of
Our Holy Mother and even to bring out that beautiful, soft and mystical
smile that could melt the coldest heart.
it was a similar striking countenance that stunned Fr. Robert Skurla,
former international Blue Army chaplain, in June last year at the 31st
Anniversary Vigil. The good Father explains, “As I approached the inner
circle of the sacred grounds and saw the Blessed Mother, I looked towards
the statue and said, ‘Hi, Mary, here I am.’ The Blessed Mother gave me
the biggest, brightest smile I have ever seen.
me it means that the Blessed Mother is pleased with all those involved
with St Michael’s World Apostolate.” (Father will be speaking in June
at the 32nd Anniversary Banquet.)
this warm and compassionate smile of our Blessed Mother always stand as a
radiant sign of hope and encouragement as you follow your special calling
as a disciple of the latter days.
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