For those of you who prefer to see and hear a story come alive, here’s a brief interview of an unlikely duo who have been brought together by the graciousness of Our Lady. This interview aired on April 24, 2017 as part of an annual “Notre Dame Day” broadcast. For non-Notre Dame Football Fans, the interviewer is Super Bowl Champion Rocky Boiman, a fan favorite when he played linebacker for the Fighting Irish.
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March 24, 2020 at 7:24 am
Hi Sandy, Thanks for your note. I’m glad you were touched. If you are on Facebook, be sure to join the Blessed Mother Mary Facebook group. We pray for each other on that page and I lead a nightly rosary. Also, sign up at the bottom of this page to get an email whenever I post here. That way, we can stay in touch. God Bless you.
March 23, 2020 at 10:10 pm
Hi!! I happened to see your beautiful photo on Pinterest and clicked on it. Wow, every part of this post has touched my heart. I love the part where you said if we’re reading this now, Mary meant for us to see it!! I am devoted to the Blessed Mother and have been praying the Rosary more during these trying times. How blessed are you that our dear Mother chose you to get her message out. You are truly blessed and so lucky. I hope to visit ND one day and see the beautiful Grotto. I will keep you in my prayers. May God bless you always!
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October 10, 2018 at 6:35 pm
And yes, I’d like to see a picture of the statue. Thank you.
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October 9, 2018 at 8:27 pm
Hi Martin, Thank you for this nice note. Are you on Facebook? I periodically post photos and live videos from the Grotto. It’s a way for people to make short little virtual pilgrimages from far away. Let me know and we can connect. 🙂
October 9, 2018 at 7:54 pm
I was reading your blog posting and I just want to tell you how touched I am. I too welled up and felt a remarkable sense of devotion to Our Lady . My wife and I had the opportunity to visit Notre Dame for the first time a few weeks ago, as a 60 th Birthday present. As much as I love football, I had a insatiable desire to see The Grotto. When we were waiting in line to pray and light a candle a young seminarian named Drew came up to me and spoke. I told him how happy we were to see a young priest , that’s when he smiled and said not yet. I had an overwhelming sense of peace and comfort at The Grotto , at that point I knew I would have to come back. It’s only been ten days since we were at The Grotto but there is something that is drawing me back. We aren’t a family of means and the trip was expensive but I feel I need to make any sacrifice I can to return. I would like to commend you on your great posts , I know it was extremely time consuming. But rest assure my friend, you are truly a blessed man. You were chosen to get the message out. I have a statue at my home of Our Lady and the infant Jesus which is white and resembles the picture you took. It was my late mother’s, here name just happened to be Mary. Looking forward to hearing from you. If you would like a picture of the statue let me know. Sincerely, Martin J. Joyce
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April 28, 2017 at 5:24 pm
That was nice.