A Confirmation Class from Lake City made a pilgrimage to the
Shrine and participated in the Blessing Prayers
The Religious Education Classes of St. Madeleine also
participated in the Blessing Prayers.
Jeremiah - Chapter 1:5
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before
you came to birth I consecrated you; I appointed you as prophet to the
Few "Crosses to Bear" are as deeply painful as the loss of one's child - a
sadness and void that continues through life. Maybe this seemingly
helpless feeling and hardship especially inflicts the parents of the
innocent children lost during a miscarriage. No words can comfort the
parents who will never have the joy of holding their baby in their arms
and watching their child grow in size and awareness of the world that
surrounds us. Nobody that has avoided, by the Grace of God, this deeply
personal loss can fully understand the agony these parents so deeply feel.
Also suffering are the countless parents that suffer from the realization
that their choice of abortion was a very serious error and offence to God.
Their awareness comes too late to save their child and this understanding
brings a lifetime of regret - sometimes even unconsciously. More serious
than the abortion is the DENIAL of a merciful and forgiving God. This lack
of Trust in the Lord all too frequently causes these suffering parents to
leave God, to leave their church, and in defense of their feeling become
an enemy of Faith, have a loss of Peace, and live a life with an
This Memorial / Monument is a reminder to pray for all who suffer - that
they will find comfort in the Lord.