After visiting every Catholic Cathedral in England over the last two years with a replica of the Holy House of the Annunciation, and the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham from the Slipper Chapel at the National Shrine, we stand on the threshold of the re-dedication of England as Mary’s Dowry on March 29.
Thousands of people from all over the country have responded in their home cathedrals, in preparation for the re-dedication. Responding to the call to celebrate the ancient tradition of England as Mary’s Dowry, and deepening their understanding of the message of Our Lady to the people of England in Walsingham to “Share my Joy at the Annunciation” and taking to heart the comforting words that “all who come to this place will find help in their need”.
In the challenging times in which we live, these simple but profound messages of Our Lady give hope and courage for all who would take them to heart. As Mary said her Yes at the Annunciation, so we are invited to say our Yes, on March 29 as we make our own personal dedication, based on the words of Mary as given to us in the Angelus Promise, a newly framed version of the Angelus.
In this time, let us prepare well, by making a good confession, re-committing ourselves to a daily commitment to prayer, spending time reflecting on the Word of God, at the very least reading the following Sunday’s readings, and reciting the rosary the “Compendium of the Gospel”, as we contemplate on the great mysteries of the life of Jesus which is the rosary “a way of contemplating the face of Christ seeing him – we may say – with the eyes of Mary.” As Her Yes brought Jesus into our world, let our Yes take him into our hearts so that we may bring him into our world by the witness of our lives today.