Seminarian Johnny Ryan, C.S.C., said getting to experience Mary’s maternal love for everyone was more powerful than he expected even though he was familiar with the story of Mary’s appearance before Juan Diego in a vision in 1531. He brought back prayer cards with the iconic image that thrilled his Latino students at Saint Adalbert elementary in South Bend.
Juan Miguel Alvarez said his wife and classmates were overwhelmed–often to the point of tears–at the opportunity to bring their praises and sufferings to the holy site. He discerned a powerful lesson that we often don’t know the pain other people carry in their lives.
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Originally published by news.nd.edu on April 17, 2023.at