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Our Lady of America
Question from Jon Angelo on 11/18/2002:

I understand that EWTN has a statue of Our Lady of America. Is there a formal organization that is trying to get her placed into the national shrine?

Answer by Colin B. Donovan, STL on 1/20/2003:

Actually, Mother's monastery in Hanceville had it on loan for a time, not EWTN.

Beginning in 1938 until her death a couple years ago, a cloistered nun Sister Mildred Mary Neuzil of Fostoria, OH, received private revelations from Our Lady of America. Her spiritual directors determined that these mystical experiences were authentic, and she was directed to record them in writing. They concerned primarily the personal spiritual life of Sister Mildred Mary Neuzil, but there were messages intended for the bishop and others. The emphasis of the messages she received deal mostly with the Indwelling of the Blessed Trinity and to devotion to Mary as Our Lady of America. Our Lady requested that a medal be struck honoring her Immaculate Conception and invoking her as Our Lady of America, and that the Bishops would honor her under that title at the National Shrine. The medal was struck, but the second request has not been granted to date. I might add that independantly of these revelations Byzantine Catholics have honored Our Lady under the title for years.

Among the other requests were the daily family rosary and the following Prayer to the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the United States.

"O Immaculate Mother, Queen of our Country, open our hearts, our homes, and our Land to the coming of Jesus, your Divine Son. With Him, reign over us, O heavenly Lady, so pure and so bright with the radiance of God's light shining in and about you. Be our Leader against the powers of evil set upon wresting the world of souls, redeemed at such a great cost by the sufferings of your Son and of yourself, in union with Him, from that same Savior, Who loves us with infinite charity.

We gather about you, O chaste and holy Mother, Virgin Immaculate, Patroness of our beloved Land, determined to fight under your banner of holy purity against the wickedness that would make all the world an abyss of evil, without God and without your loving maternal care. We consecrate our hearts, our homes, our Land to your Most Pure Heart, O great Queen, that the kingdom of your Son, our Redeemer and our God, may be firmly established in us.

We ask no special sign of you, sweet Mother, for we believe in your great love for us, and we place in you our entire confidence. We promise to honor you by faith, love, and the purity of our lives according to your desire. Reign over us, then, O Virgin Immaculate, with your Son Jesus Christ. May His Divine Heart and your most chaste Heart be ever enthroned and glorified among us. Use us, your children of America, as your instruments in bringing peace among men and nations. Work your miracles of grace in us, so that we may be a glory to the Blessed Trinity, Who created, redeemed, and sanctifies us.

May your valiant Spouse, St. Joseph, with the holy Angels and Saints, assist you and us in "renewing the face of the earth." Then when our work is over, come, Holy Immaculate Mother, and as our Victorious Queen, lead us to the eternal kingdom, where your Son reigns forever as King. Amen." (Written at the behest of Our Lady, October 5,1956.)

From what I have seen the indications are favorable. The final judgment rests with the Church, naturally.

A booklet entitled Our Lady of America and the medal may be obtained from:

Our Lady of America Center
700 N. Susan Dr.
P.O. Box 445
Fostoria, OH 44830

(Material adapted from the University of Dayton's mariology site)



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