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Haunting … that’s the only word I can find to describe it …
I’ve knelt before many images of the Mother of Jesus before: our Mother of Perpetual Help, the Pieta, the Virgin of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Lourdes, just to name a few.
But I’ve never experienced the dread and revulsion I did when the archbishop showed us the head of Our Lady of Nagasaki …
For more on the history of the statue, including the testament of the Japanese soldier who found the head in the post-atomic rubble, see here.
While contemplating Our Lady and her messages to us, consider the Pope’s comments today, onboard the airplane to Fatima. When we feel overwhelmed by the fallen world’s suffering, most dreadfully represented by the Madonna of Nagasaki, remember what the Pope today called the message of Fatima’s “fundamental response”:
[P]ermanent conversion, penance, prayer, and the three cardinal virtues: faith, hope and charity . . . The Madonna for us is the visible maternal guarantee that the will of God is always the last word in history.