One thing I have learned by traveling the past few years to the different Shrines around the U.S. is that Mary's requests are not difficult and Her promises in return are awesome. Wear a medal, a scapular. Pray the Hail Mary, the Our Father, the Rosary. Go to Confession, fast, build, visit, trust, honor, etc.
As we journeyed to the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, we knew a little about the story of St. Catherine Laboure. We knew a little about the Miraculous Medal. But once visited, we know a whole lot more and yet still probably minimal compared to the whole picture. Ya see, there's a whole lot more to the visits from Our Lady once we begin to follow some of Her requests. I know that seems like putting the cart before the horse. We should read and learn and delve deep first and the rest will come naturally but I'm tellin' ya, simply obeying and trusting and doing because Our Mother has asked us to can change our lives. Okay, enough said. Let's get to the visit.
We love this church, St. Mary of the Barrens. It is filled with the history of St. Vincent and modeled after the Vincentian Motherhouse Chapel in Rome.
|St. Mary's of the Barrens|
|St. Vincent de Paul|
|Miraculous Medal Shrine|
|Sacristy to the original log Church|
|Grotto of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal|
|Flowers left for Our Lady and Our Lord|
|Heart left here speaks volumes of those who have visited Our Lady|
"Visiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrines and their Graces" April, 2014