The Aug. 16 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers. The Rev. F. Washington Jarvis writes in the cover essay:
More than 2,000 years after the birth of an obscure Jewish peasant girl, millions upon millions not only remember Mary but venerate her and seek her help. Mary was not the most important or powerful person in the world 2,000 years ago, yet today there are multiple shrines to her on every continent and in countless parish churches in every corner of the earth.
Several years ago I went to the French shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, to meet up with a group of boys and teachers from Eton College in England where I was chaplain. These boys were joining 20,000 European young people who spend part of each summer at Lourdes caring for the sick, bathing them in the waters there. If you go to Lourdes in the summer, you can join the tens of thousands who gather every night for the candlelight procession. The same is true at Fatima in Portugal and at the other Marian shrines. My own parish in Boston’s inner-city Dorchester is not Lourdes, but on Sundays when I try to light a candle at our shrine of Our Lady, I find that every candle has already been lighted.
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