Since 1912, the Conventual Franciscans of this Province have had the privilege of serving the pilgrims who visit the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio. Each year over the nine days leading up to the Feast of the Assumption, thousands gather for a Novena in Mary's honor, culminating in a candlelight procession to Shrine Park for a Vigil Mass.
This year Friar Steven McMichael OFM Conv. preached the Novena, and his evening homilies during the devotions focused on the relationship and similarities between Jesus' Resurrection and Mary's Assumption.
He left us with the beautiful image of the Risen Christ, visiting His mother on Easter morning, and the two embracing -- Jesus consoling Mary, who now is our own Mother of Consolation.
May God bless you and your families.