In less than a month, the Vincentian Family will greet the Virgin with special affection in its invocation of “Miraculous.” Surely this month many reflections will be published online, on her history, present, etc.
Two weeks ago, we invited you to do something different: to tell tales, your story or that of your family, with the Miraculous Virgin. No reflections, but experiences. We are confident that there are many gestures of love and trust in the Virgin within our Vincentian Family. And sharing is another way of making family.
Today, Fr. Aidan Rooney, CM, is offering us his testimony. Here you have his story. After it, you have a form where you can write your own, to be published throughout the days preceding the feast of our mother, on November 27. You can do it in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Italian… no matter the language, we will try to translate it into the languages used in famvin.
Dare to participate! Sure many others want to know of “your” story, to learn to love more and to better follow the example of Mother Mary.
Facing a serious illness in 2000, I had reached the end of my rope. I tend to suffer from an exaggerated sense of self-sufficiency, but this time I was finished.
With my hand on the medal that is always around my neck, I began to pray a “Hail Mary.” I had not been much for devotion before that — I wore the medal out of habit and because I was a Vincentian. In that moment the illness was arrested, and I sought a friends counsel and the doctor that I needed. These were two great graces in my life.
I have been free of the illness ever since, and the Miraculous Medal devotion and the Rosary have become an integral part of my prayer life.
She’s always waiting, listening, ready to speak with her Son.
Fr. Aidan Rooney, CM.