August 15, 2020 A New Marian Shrine “To give worthy praise to the Lord’s mercy, we unite ourselves with Your Immaculate Mother, for then our hymn will be more pleasing to You, because she is chosen from among men and angels. Through her, as through a pure crystal, Your mercy was passed on to us. Through her, man became pleasing to God; through her, streams of grace flowed down upon us.” – St. Faustina (Diary # 1746) Even during COVID, while you haven’t been able to come to Casa Maria, we have been working on some surprises for when you return! We have been creating various outdoor sitting areas and places for prayer, and are especially excited about the new Stations of the Cross pathway that was finished in April. On this Feast of the Assumption, we wanted to share with you some pictures of one project that’s currently underway. It’s an outdoor shrine for this beautiful large statue of Our Lady that was given to us by our dear friends John and Joyce Williams. Clearly the Holy Spirit has been at work, and everything has come together perfectly. There will be seating in a small paved area in front of the shrine, so it will be a perfect place for prayer, study, or meditation. Below are a few pictures of the progress of this shrine, being built by generous volunteers under Sister Ave Maria’s direction. The design is inspired by the ‘wayside shrines’ seen on roadsides all across Europe. The cedar wood for the roof was a gift from the same friend who cut, planed, and donated the cedar for the Stations of the Cross as well. He taught the Sisters how to treat the wood with linseed oil to protect it for many, many years! May God bless all the friends and family who have been part of this project in honor of our beloved Mother, Mary.