June 27th is the feast day of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The story behind this beautiful icon is just stunning, it’s a story of obedience.
One night the Blessed Virgin appeared to the man in a dream, warning him not to keep the picture. Twice she appeared to him with this message, and both times he disregarded her warning. The third time she told him that if he continued to disobey her, he would die a miserable death. This time the man tried to persuade his wife to give up the painting, but she refused. Our Lady appeared to the man again to tell him of his impending death; within a short time, he became sick and died.
You can read more on this story over at this beautiful site of The Religious Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen.
Have you ever noticed the sandal hanging from our Lord’s feet?
Father James M. Sullivan explains the story behind the loosened sandal in Magnificat.
“The story behind the loosened sandal is an important one. The angels appeared to Christ, showing him the means by which he would die. Possessing both a child’s fear and a child’s trust in his mother, he ran to her, as fast as his feet could carry him, so fast in fact that the strap of one sandal loosened just as Christ jumped into his Mother’s waiting arms. It was then, at that moment, that he could finally look at his cross and the suffering that awaited him. By being close to her Immaculate Heart, his own Fear was strengthened.
WOW. What a beautiful image for us to use daily.
That if we run to our Mother Mary, that we stay close to her Immaculate Heart, we will be given the strengthen to face any fear, any suffering that awaits us.
Once again, Christ is the example that we need to follow close and faithfully. He shows once again, that we must trust in His Mother and run to her arms.
This coloring page will be a great help for children to see the meanings behind the symbols of this beautiful icon.
Christ’s hands, turned palms down into His Mother’s, indicate that He has placed the graces of the Redemption in her keeping. Our Lady’s hand does not clasp those of her Son, but remains open, inviting us to put our hands in hers along with those of Jesus. – Sister Mary Agatha, CMRI
O Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke thy most powerful name, which is the safeguard of the living and the salvation of the dying. O Purest Mary, O Sweetest Mary, let thy name henceforth be ever on my lips. Delay not, O Blessed Lady, to help me whenever I call on thee, for, in all my needs, in all my temptations I shall never cease to call on thee, ever repeating thy sacred name, Mary, Mary. – EWTN
With the Love of Christ,
Cecilia @Hair Bows 4 Life