Someone also gave me a depiction of Our Lady of Perpetual Help around the same time. I used to keep it next to my bed on my desk at home for some time. My wife uncovered it unpacking a box in 2020’s move, so it has returned to a place of visibility. The white plastic frame is stained with age and brittle. The back of the paper depicting the icon has yellowed almost to the point of matching the golden brown of the background.
The distinctions between various devotions to the Blessed Virgin were totally lost on me as a new Catholic. These items were, however, indisputably Catholic, so they were important to me. Maybe just spiritual merit badges on one level. But in other ways, formative for the future.
When I moved to Chicago in 1988, I found it bothersome “my” rosary I learned as a youth had been augmented with the Fatima Prayer. I still refuse to say it.
I’m aware that various apparitions are associated with Mary. Too many, it seems to me. I’ve stated here, and in other circles that Lourdes and Guadalupe are sufficient. If the Blessed Mother does think it important to appear to me, I’m really hoping it remains a private visit. Nobody will ever know about it.
Getting back to today’s feast day, my wife has a devotion to Saint Bernadette and to Lourdes. The notion of grace and divine healing is personal to her. Therefore, it remains an important devotion to me.
From the Act of Trust in Mary:
Blessed are You for having called us,
to see Mary in Your light
and to drink from the wellspring of Your Heart.