The Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe manifested the fragrance of roses, the secretion of oil and an image of the Holy Family on August 14th during a Visitation at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church in N. Palm Beach, Florida.
After praying the rosary, everyone in the church suddenly smelled the fragrance of roses. Maria Egerton of Jensen Beach, FL, walked up to the Image and saw that the Image was visibly secreting oil from the right sleeve of Our Lady’s dress. Moreover, an image of the Holy Family was very evident in a silhouette on the sleeve, from which the oil appeared to be secreting. Father Dan Devore, Russell Smith, the Guardian of the Image, and many others witnessed this.
After the Visitation, Russell and two volunteers wrapped the Image in the traveling quilt to move it to his home. As the Image was brought from the church to his car, the fragrance of roses continued to be with them. This fragrance of roses continued to stay in the air in the church, to the car, in the car, and into Russell’s home. All three people moving the Image witnessed this aroma the entire time.
One week later, on August 21st, while the Missionary Image was still at Russell’s home, he walked over to the Image and placed his hand on it with reverence and prayer. As he did this, he noticed a substance on the Image in the left upper heart area. As he looked closer, he saw that the Image was visibly secreting oil in this area. Russell and his wife both witnessed this.
Apparently, Our Lady of Guadalupe manifested these signs and wonders in appreciation for the Visitation of her Missionary Image to Florida. The Visitation included four different churches and included six Masses, an all-night vigil with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, two other days of adoration, and the veneration of the Silver Rose from the Knights of Columbus with a Children’s Living Rosary.
Since 1960, the Knights of Columbus has sponsored an annual pilgrimage tour of eight Silver Roses through the United States, Canada and Mexico on a path to the Old Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico. The Silver Rose is a reminder of the miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s transformation of the roses held by St. Juan Diego into her Image that was left on his cloak (tilma) that still remains in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, near Mexico City.
Every stop that the Silver Rose makes throughout the pilgrimage is a rosary-centered occasion for Knights, parishioners and community members to pray for respect for life, for the spiritual renewal of each nation, and for the advancement of the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe. During each of the prayer services, the faithful join in praying the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary and in an Act of Consecration.
While six of the eight traveling Silver Roses will arrive at the Old Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the others will conclude their journey at key locations in the U.S. which honor Our Lady. One of these will complete its journey at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., while the other will end at Our Lady of Guadalupe Friary in Griswold, Connecticut.
Our Lady of Guadalupe has also manifested tears on many occasions through her Missionary Image.
On one amazing occasion, it was Christmas Eve in the cold of snowy Colchester, Vermont, in a church where the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was prominently displayed before the congregation during Mass.
The priest began his Christmas homily and noticed to his chagrin that many people were pointing at the Image and he heard a lot of murmuring. He interrupted his homily and looked towards the Image. There, to his great surprise, he saw that the people were pointing to tears flowing down from the eyes of the Missionary Image.
The priest immediately turned back to face the congregation and was inspired to say, “Our Lady of Guadalupe is crying on the eve of her Son’s birthday for all of her children who have no birthday because they were aborted.”
The congregation got the message and some of them shed their own tears. A skeptical eyewitness later said that he thought this was all a fake. So, he went up to the Image after Mass and looked for tubes of water behind the Image or any other tricks that might have caused it to weep. He found nothing, felt the tears and said they were not tears of water, but tears of oil.
St. John Paul II once spoke about Mary’s tears. On November 6, 1994, at the dedication of the Shrine of Our Lady of Tears in Syracuse, Sicily, he said that her tears are signs testifying to her presence, her sorrow and her hope. He said,
Our Lady’s tears belong to the order of signs: they testify to the presence of the mother in the Church and in the world. They are tears of hope, which melt the hardness of hearts and open them to meeting Christ the Redeemer, source of light and peace for individuals, for families, for the whole of society.
O Lady of Tears, look with motherly goodness on the sorrow of the world! Dry the tears of the suffering, of the forgotten, of the desperate and of the victims of every violence.
Make everyone weep tears of repentance and of new life, which will open their hearts to the regenerating gift of God’s love. Make them weep tears of joy for having seen the profound tenderness of your heart. Praised be Jesus Christ!
If you would like to host a Visitation of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, please contact us.
A Visitation consists of visits of the Image to different sites and promotion of Our Lady’s Mission to end abortions and bring conversions in the New Evangelization.
The images visit churches and wherever else Our Lady’s motherly love is needed. The images bring works of mercy to convents, prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and abortion centers. Because of the presence of the image, many abortions have been prevented and over twenty abortion centers have closed through Our Lady’s intercession.
Perhaps Our Lady is calling you to host a Home Visitation for her. The format consists of viewing of our video, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of Hope! and praying the full Novena to her.
All you do is watch our video, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of Hope!
Then pray the full Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of All America, in front of her Image, or, if possible, A Holy Hour for Life, Peace and Protection.
Invite ten to twenty people to your home or group, show the video and lead the prayers. Easy!
Please call Cathy at 802 524-5350, ext. 14, if you would like more information.