March 9 – Our Lady of Miracles (Treviso, Italy, 1510)
Mary will always have an important place in my life, partly because I was born near the Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape, a major shrine in Quebec. Each time I pray to her, for instance by reciting or "walking" the Rosary with my wife, I know that the saints are not too far off, not to mention all the angels. (…)Mary intercedes for us here below. Mary cannot be separated from her children, in heaven or on earth, no more than Jesus can be separated from the Church. To pray to Mary is to pray to Jesus. (…) She is close to us because she is close to God. How could we not love her? Just by looking at her, we become better people.She is more a mother than a queen. To think that she could ever take away the glory of her children! The little Therese exclaimed, on August 21, 1897: "We shouldn't say that because of her prerogatives, she eclipses the glory of all the saints, like the rising sun causes the stars to disappear. My Lord! How strange that is! A Mother taking away the glory of her children! As for me, I think quite the opposite; I believe that she will make the splendor of the elect even greater."
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