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PHOTOS: Our Lady of Guadalupe / ProLIFE Shrine in La Crosse Wisconsin

…nothing should frighten or grieve you. Let not your heart be disturbed…Am I not here, who is your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you wish? Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything…

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Here are a few shots of the beautiful pro-life statue of our Lady of Guadalupe.

 

6 Responses to “PHOTOS: Our Lady of Guadalupe / ProLIFE Shrine in La Crosse Wisconsin”

  1. Marie Says:

    An absolutely beautiful statue of Our Lady. God bless the person(s) who designed it. I can better imagine my special son being held and loved by the Madonna. These photos bring solace during a time when I greatly need it. All will be fine because She is his Mother!

    Thank you for posting these photos!

  2. Marie Says:

    “This heart felt note is for all of you who may be expecting a child, especially for those of you who know, or may find out in the future, that God is giving you a special needs child:

    I am a mother of five children. My second child, Paul Anthony, is 21 years of age, the size of a second grader, and profoundly disabled. He relies on his parents and siblings for almost everything. When he was three months of age my husband and I were told Paul would be profoundly disabled. We were told by the neurologist that “no diagnosis could be found, to take him home, love him, and don’t expect anything from him”. It was the first time I saw my husband cry. We did just as the doctor recommended. I will tell you that I did not want to be the mother of a disabled child. I did think of giving him up for adoption; a thought that lasted three days. On the third day words entered my heart, “but you have been his mother for nine months”. The thought of giving Paul up for adoption left me, and I never thought of it again. Being the mother of a special child is not easy; there are times that it is absolutely overwhelming; and there are tears. But I will, and do encourage all of you ~ the whole world, that despite the tears, despite the many days of loneliness, (because a special child does make your family different from the rest of the world), I will guarantee you this: I have more joy in my life with a special child in it than if I had given my child back to God, or to another person. God has always been with me to carry ‘my special cross’. Paul is non-verbal, but I assure you that he has touched more hearts with his smile and laughter than I could ever do with my vast vocabulary. God is my Simon of Cyrene. He helps me carry my little cross….I wouldn’t wish it to be any other way.

    To end:
    I have learned through God’s grace, and firmly believe with every fiber of my being that ” for whatsoever you do unto the least of these children you do unto Me”. Caring for Paul has taught me patience, compassion, kindness, and self-sacrifice. Virtues that are greatly needed in the world today, and for gaining heaven. And I firmly believe that for every person who ever took the time, even a few seconds, to say hello to my son, whoever took care of him, be it doctors, teachers, babysitters, siblings, relatives…anyone, that person must know that my son will remember them from heaven when he gets there! I have one child who is heaven bound! How great is that!!!!

    I pray for all mothers to have the courage to say, “Yes” to life!

    Ave Maria!

    ~ The world must be ruled by love! ~ Blessed John Paul II

  3. Joanne Says:

    That is the most beautiful statue of our Lady! She looks so kind and loving and the little children in her arms are so precious. I just love it.
    Thank you Marie for sharing about your precious son Paul – what a blessing for you and your family he is! He will help you all get to heaven! And you will help him be a saint as he carries his cross daily.

  4. Marie Says:

    Oh! The guarantee! God does not bless mothers (and fathers) with children without also giving sufficient graces to love, and care for them to the maxium! God’s special children are designed to get those of us who love them into heaven! Don’t let anyone talk you out of such a blessing!!!!

    The world must be ruled by love! ~ Blessed Pope John Paul II

  5. Marie Says:

    Thank you for your kind words, Joanne. I try to keep two thoughts in my mind when I feel ‘down in the dumps’, or when I come across people who lack true love for the least of God’s brethern.
    1. Saint Francis who was repulsed by lepers brought himself to kiss a leper for love of God, and if I have the story correct, found that the leper was Jeus Himself.
    2. That it is possible, not theological, but possible, that my son was asked by God to come into the world as a profoundly disabled child for the sake of saving souls. (victim soul) I am greatly humbled by the mere thougjht of it. That would make him a saint here on earth! And I get to kiss, and hug a saint!! Yes, my family and I are blessed.
    I look forward to the day (may I be alive to see it) when we all love each other as God intended; especially the unwanteds of the world. Paradise on earth!!! :)

  6. Rachel Says:

    This is the MOST beautiful statue of Our Lady that I have ever seen, in my entire life! Will smaller replica’s be made available?

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