Written by: Denise Serafini on Friday, March 10, 2017
On Saturday, February 11 we had the privilege of kicking off our 2017 tour season in a private event with members of the Legion of Mary at St. Thomas Church in Thomaston, CT. Because of their status as an apostolate dedicated to Jesus through Mary and our dedication of this year’s activities in honor of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, we felt it appropriate to ask them to serve as the first group of the prayerful faithful for our inaugural presentation of “Call from the Crucified Heart: A program with Relics of the Passion”. This year’s program is somewhat different from what we have done in the past, in that it is now designed to highlight a facet of what we believe Christ’s message is to us from various scenes during His Passion. Additionally, as a tribute to Our Lady, the program highlights a perspective on Mary as she accompanied Jesus on the path to Calvary. We have also made exposition of the Holy Eucharist a required part of the meditative portion of our presentation, to underscore that time-transcending gift that connects us from His Passion to His Presence with us today.
The similarities exemplified in the principles upon which the Legion carries out its mission turned out to be significantly similar to the principles built into the prayers and meditations we have for our general program. That concept drove the decision to launch our inaugural event in consort with them. Venerable Edel Quinn, one of the founding members of the Legion of Mary and celebrated model for its members, sustained her deep union with God in constant prayer and devotion to Mary. Her mission, writings and charitable pursuits were always centered in the Holy Eucharist and she always had a rosary in hand. One of her most significant quotes, “What a desolation life would be without the Eucharist” struck a significant chord with me because our our decision to make the Eucharist a central element of our 2017 program. For this special event, we enhanced our program which is centered on the love of the Father, especially in the institution of the Eucharist, the sacrifice of His Only Son and the Mother of Sorrows that walked with Him, with customized intercessory prayers that included many of the quotes from Venerable Edel’s writings.
We also highlighted a special artifact from Edel’s personal notebook that we have in our care. Venerable Edel was meticulous about keeping petitions she was given that asked for her help and prayerful intercession. She felt that they were especially important and kept them close so as not to forget them. As a gesture of encouragement to the Legion of Mary members to imitate that perspective, we presented a page from her journal which documents a request for her help and prayerful support. We coupled that (framed) with a picture of Venerable Edel Quinn alongside our Relics of the Passion as a special added element. We too are believers in intercessory prayer and our need as members of an apostolate to emulate Edel’s example. We maintain a page on our website that allows individuals to submit petitions that are offered up at every event under the Holy Nail Relic.
We are indeed grateful to the Litchfield Curia members of the Legion of Mary for allowing us to share our program with them in a prayerful event that sets the tone for all of the events we will have in 2017. As did the woman that enlisted Venerable Edel Quinn’s prayerful support, we also ask the Legion of Mary members to remember us in their prayers and offer sacrifice for the successful promotion of Christ’s Passion and Our Lady's sorrows in the most significant event that marks the roots of our faith. We plan to do the same for the Legion of Mary as each of the members of our respective organizations press on in faith to do his will.