Meet Our Lady of Sorrows of Castelpetroso.
The place: a cave in Italy. The players: two shepherdesses, Serafina (a 34-year-old wife) and Fabiana (a 35-year-old virgin). This apparition of Mary is especially meaningful as we enter the last week of Lent and prepare for Holy Week next week. On March 22, 1888, Mary appeared to Fabiana as she searched for her lost sheep and found it near a cave.
In the cave, she saw a strange light coming from a crack in the rocks, and in that light, a clear vision of Mary wearing a deep red dress with a dark mantle, kneeling down with her dead Son before her and her arms raised to heaven.
Though Serafina couldn't see it, Fabiana's descriptions struck her, because the two of them returned home crying and, from the descriptions I read, dramatic. People mostly ignored their claims.
And then, on Easter, April 1, 1888, both women witnessed the apparition again. On hearing it, people got curious and went to see for themselves. It was quite a hike: 2600 feet above sea level! However, many different people, including a staunch disbeliever, reported seeing Mary there.
It's interesting that different people saw Mary appear in different ways: Some saw her as Our Lady of Grace, others as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel or Our Lady of the Rosary. Most saw her as Our Lady of Sorrows.
This apparition is a reminder that Mary is flexible. She meets us, as God does, where we are. She comes to us, and she's so very gentle in leading us to her son.
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