Last year, my parish decided to offer a pilgrim statue to circulate amongst our parishioners in support of the “year of the family” and the Synod. We purchased a beautiful statue of the Blessed Mother pregnant. People began to pull me aside to share their “miracle stories” with me. One woman could not carry a baby. Whenever she became 5-6 months pregnant, she miscarried. Doctor’s told her it was impossible for her to carry to full term. Her family requested the statue and when they brought it into their home they prayed at her feet every morning and evening for one week. She became pregnant and guess what? Carried to full term and delivered a beautiful, healthy child.
Another person was a single mom with two children and financially bankrupt. She borrowed money to stay afloat more than she could pay back. She had her home on the market for years with no interest. Soon to become homeless, she entered our church crying and in despair then noticed the statue and to her surprise it was available. She brought the statue home and prayed to Mary for help. That evening her phone rang it was an interested buyer for her home willing to pay full price if he could move in quickly.
These are just two of the many stories people have shared with me. This Jubilee Year of Mercy, we decided to circulate another statue of the Divine Mercy. On the Vigil of the Immaculate Conception, as the statue was placed on the table waiting for its blessing, a group of four women began to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for all who sign up for a week of the statue when they finished they noticed something spectacular had happened. Two shadows appeared at each side of the statue. One was blue that looks like a water stain and the other is reddish brown that looks like a blood stain both represent the blood and water that burst forth from His side of mercy. When our pastor investigated the shadows upon moving it they disappeared and reappeared when he placed it back in position. Is this a mystery, miracle, or coincidence? You can decide that for yourself but, I will venture to say that this is a fabulous sign of blessings of immeasurable mercy to enter those who believe, and I can’t wait to hear their stories.