While seemingly unending, the scandal in the Church continues to deepen. It is reaching a depth and pervasiveness where even the most faithful and devout can be rocked to their core. The news has rocked our family too.
I have wanted to write about this for some time but feared my words would be inadequate. So, I pray and work to spread this devotion which I believe is the answer to the scandal and the source of renewal for the Church.
Now, happy that I waited to write because Fr. Stanley Smolenski, a hermit priest in South Carolina has penned a very cogent illustration of the graces of Our Lady of America, The Immaculate Virgin as the remedy to the scandal. With appropriate historical context he shows that for her children Our Lady is always ready to come to our aid. When Our Lady of America, The Immaculate Virgin came to Sr. Mary Ephrem in the late 1950’s she came with the promise of graces that would restore us, the Church and our Nation – even now.
Father Stanley draws a very specific recommendation and humbly requests of our bishop’s it implementation. He writes:
“At times a drastic problem needs a drastic answer. It seems beyond just human endeavors to heal these deep wounds. Since this dilemma has a spiritual dimension, something spiritual must be included. May I ask our bishops to consider the following?
“Most of the members of the USCCB should be familiar with the message of Our Lady of America, validated by Cardinal Raymond Burke in his letter to all the American bishops. Her message includes her request to be solemnly enthroned in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception by the bishops, promising many conversions. But there seems to be a snag in the process that is detaining its long-awaited fulfillment. Let us pray to her to “untie this knot” to remove this obstacle and make the road smooth for the bishops to take action.
“Would the bishops proceed with Our Lady’s request as a plea to her, the Consolation of the Afflicted, for her maternal intervention on behalf of her supplicants? This will definitely be drastic and spiritual. But where else can we get any hope for a remedy for these serious afflictions that are shaking the faith of many, as the university student indicated to me. Therefore, should we not entrust this situation to her by this public act manifesting our great confidence in her?
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Our part is to spread this devotion, to pray and to live a life of purity as called for by Our Lady.
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